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October 13, 2023

Technology Innovations in Memory Care Living

By: Country Meadows | Memory Care

As technology continues to leap forward, many innovations in memory care living are improving the quality of life and increasing safety and security for those living with memory loss. Today, technology is offering tools for use in many memory care living communities as well as private in-home use.

Interactive video systems

Gaming technology systems have been created to engage and stimulate the minds of individuals living with dementia. One example is the Tover Table, which projects interactive games onto a table surface. Users can interact with the projected images by moving their hands and other objects over the table, enjoying games that can enhance mood, reduce agitation and promote social interaction. Country Meadows is piloting the technology at its campuses in Allentown, Easton and Hershey.

Virtual reality

Virtual reality and sensory technologies can create immersive and calming experiences for individuals with dementia in memory care living, reducing anxiety and improving their overall well-being. Studies have shown its effectiveness in health promotion to improve mobility, prevent falls and train cognitive abilities in people living with dementia or at risk of developing dementia.

Virtual reality also can be used for recreation, transporting residents in memory care living to countless adventures. Country Meadows uses the Rendever system, which has literally thousands of destinations for residents to visit and explore, virtually.

Headsets are worn over the eyes and display a stereoscopic 3D image. This creates the illusion of depth and perspective, making the virtual environment appear three-dimensional. Sensors in the headset track the user’s movements in real-time, allowing users to look around, move and interact in the virtual world.

Cognitive stimulation apps

There are numerous software programs and apps designed to stimulate cognitive function in seniors living with dementia. These programs offer activities such as puzzles, trivia, cognitive games and brain exercises to help maintain abilities. Apps designed specifically for individuals in memory care living were designed to help seniors express their needs and feelings when words become challenging.

Communication aids

Staying connected with others is essential to the quality of memory care living. Technology has made staying in contact with loved ones easier than ever. Adapted telephones can be preprogrammed with frequently dialed numbers and often have large buttons making them easier to use. Video chat services like FaceTime and Skype are another great way to stay in touch with loved ones who are geographically distant.

Electronic memory aids

Electronic devices can provide reminders for daily tasks, medication schedules and appointments. These aids help people living with dementia stay more organized, maintaining their independence. And medication management apps help caregivers keep track of medications and ensure the correct dosage and timing.

Biometric sensors and wearables

Wearable biometric sensors can be a valuable healthcare partner at any age. They can monitor changes in vital signs, sleep patterns and behavior, providing valuable data for healthcare professionals and caregivers. Wearable devices, such as special smartwatches, are designed specifically for individuals with dementia and can offer location tracking, emergency alerts and communication features. These devices provide peace of mind to caregivers while ensuring the safety of the individual.

Remote home monitoring devices

Home monitoring devices allow lights to be turned on and off, thermostats to be changed and allow for a range of alerts to be sent to a smartphone. Some home monitoring platforms may offer enhanced services such as notification when a stove or oven is turned on or off or if an individual experiences a fall.

The above are just a few of the many technology options available for people in memory care living. These innovations have the potential to enhance the lives of individuals with dementia by providing support, promoting engagement and improving safety. However, it’s important to consider the individual’s specific needs, preferences and comfort with technology when implementing these solutions.

Ongoing research and development in the field of dementia care technology continues to bring new and improved solutions to support individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.

Country Meadows Retirement Communities offers memory care services in both secured and non-secured settings. Our nine campuses in Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, Md., also provide Independent Living, Personal Care and Restorative Care services. For information about any of our locations, or to ask a question, please reach out to our expert advisors. We’re here to help!

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