The future of care homes in the UK: Due to people beginning to live longer in Britain, their health needs become more specific, meaning they need a certain type of care that will guarantee they live the best life possible. What this means, is that care homes need to use greater amounts of, and more intelligent, assistive technologies.
The future of care homes in the UK?
Greater living environments will need to be created for patients who need long-term care. This will ensure that patients are cared for appropriately when those in care require increasing amounts of supervision and attention.
Focusing on quality
Quality of care homes will be the new focus of those that are funded privately and through social care within the next 20 years. This is because it has been suggested that this strategy has the potential for people to ‘live healthier and longer lives’, as Jane Ashcroft suggested in the Silver Chic report in the future of care homes.
Due to housing being implemented within care homes, the design will remain important.This will help those living there be exposed to sunlight for the longest periods of time possible. As well as this, connectivity will also be a priority to help combat loneliness. To do this, care villages will use small bridges intersecting various gardens so that residents will close to both their natural environment and other residents within the community.
Evolution of technology in our care homes
Royal Blind – specialists in care homes for the blind and care homes in Paisley – has assessed how care homes will be run in the future and the technologies that will revolutionize the way people are cared for.
Technology is becoming more advanced as a quality within our care homes becomes a priority.It is helping to ensure that patients remain safe within care homes while allowing them to live longer, healthier lives.
To help those living with dementia, clusters within buildings can be colored variously with different lighting so that they are able to recognize their own living quarters. These types of technologies then, are specifically designed to ensure patient comfort and help to guarantee their safety while living in care. Also care homes are now beginning to utilize sensors in rooms and systems within the building that alert staff when a patient has fallen, or when they have stopped moving.
Independence within the care home
To ensure that people within the care system feel independent, a technology that is continuously improving will help residents live in a more self-sufficient way and will help with their specific needs.
Current technology can help monitor steps taken and the distance traveled, as well as the heart rate of a patient. In the future, they will help to monitor fluid retention and respiratory rates, helping to lower hospital admissions, allowing patients to understand their own symptoms more effectively before they require medical assistance.