With the constant innovations and technological advancements occurring in technology enabled care, care providers, carers, and care receivers are now able to utilise care solutions that seek to meet the existing needs, but also address possible concerns of the users. Some examples of these solutions are wearable sensors that come in the form of watches, bracelets, and pendants – all with the capacity to constantly and accurately monitor the health status of the service users.
However, in addition to the above mentioned solutions, another innovation is now available on the market: the infrared (IR) sensors.
What exactly are IR sensors, and how are they applied to elderly care?
Infrared sensors are devices capable of measuring and detecting infrared radiation in the environment a specific device is installed in. IR sensors are mostly used as proximity sensors, and in some applications, such as security systems as motion detectors. These applications are continuously adapting and evolving, and over the years, infrared technology has also been developing rapidly, further increasing applications in different industries.
In e.g. elderly care, 3D sensors are now being used as reliable fall detection solutions. While wearable sensors and pendants have their own benefits, some nursing homes could benefit more from using 3D sensors installed in rooms instead. These particular solutions seek to meet the specific and ever-changing and evolving needs of both carers and care receivers, while at the same time being profitable and cost-effective options for the care providers. More importantly, these systems improve the overall working environment in nursing homes, ultimately improving the overall quality of the care being delivered. Studies have previously found that passive infrared sensors installed in a hospital setting can reliably detect movements and sequences, which can be of great importance for necessary actions to be taken.
A look at implementation of 3D fall detection sensors
Care providers looking for an alternative solution to wearable tracking devices for fall detection, there is Viser’s RoomMate solution, Hepro’s Nattuggla solution and activity monitoring from Vayyar and DeleHealth, which frees the care receivers from the burden of having to carry and use multiple devices. These smart sensors can reliably determine if the care receiver is in an emergency or other potentially dangerous situation, such as falls, not returning on time from the toilet, going out a door, or even when someone’s calling for help. Aside from this the system functions as a preventive mechanism that could possibly prevent an approaching problem, for example if the care receiver is not moving enough, which could be a sign of them not feeling well. Through a two-way communication feature, the carers and other staff of the nursing home can also communicate freely with the clients.
As the monitoring system comes with a mobile alarm management application, the staff and carers can handle incoming alarms with ease. This is a much efficient way to respond to them, instead of having to be physically present with the care receivers in order to respond to potentially dangerous situations. The system can also be customised on a per-care receiver basis, allowing the care providers to easily manage the system and deliver a more personalised approach.
Ultimately, Viser’s implementation of 3D smart IR sensors results in a significant reduction of emergency cases and injuries. On top of this the system’s also reducing the need for constant supervision, resulting in a more stress-free environment in the nursing home.
Aside from 3D smart sensors, Skyresponse has several partners that offers other modern care solutions such as medication management systems with medication dispensers, relieving the care providers from using valuable time keeping track of medication regimens. While we’ve just highlighted the benefits of advanced implementations of IR sensors in elderly care, it’s important to mention that some nursing homes still benefit more from wearable alarm devices – also offered by our partners, for care providers who would prefer to opt for these solutions instead.
The above mentioned systems are just some examples of how the care industry fully can benefit from the modern and innovative solutions available. As more solutions become available on the market, nursing homes and other care providers can consider implementing these to meet the unique needs of their clients.
Implement modern care solutions today with Skyresponse
Given the significance of modern care solutions such as IR monitoring sensors, partnering with a capable platform provider is equally important. Skyresponse offers a 100% cloud-based, future-proof, and scalable platform, built with full interoperability in mind. With a cloud-based platform, care providers can choose to implement these innovations along with other modern and smart solutions, allowing them to build a system with devices that work in synergy with each other.
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