Ahead of ITAC next week we’re looking at the exciting technology advancements that will be on display.
The use of robots in aged care has been a discussion point for many years now. However, there are so many potential applications for robotics and artificial intelligence. Robotics and AI have the potential to assist residents, as well as the staff and caregivers that support them.
Socialisation robots are a newer concept to help combat loneliness and isolation in elderly people.
Whilst not designed to replace human interaction, the robot will ideally be used to “encourage social interaction and social engagement among residents in aged care”.
Jennifer Lawrence from the Brightwater Care Group will be presenting this concept at ITAC later this month. Jennifer has already observed her own facilities’ robot, Alice, has been effective in helping those with dementia remain socially active. Alice has also been successful in increasing resident engagement in games and reminiscence groups.
We’re looking forward to this presentation at ITAC, and finding out what’s next for Alice.
Enhancing quality of life is one way to apply technology to aged care.
One way to promote quality of life is in enabling residents to continue doing everything they enjoyed before moving into care.
Maintaining a sense of independence plays a vital role in mental health, as it contributes towards a persons dignity and self esteem.
Australian company IRT Group is looking at a way to enable residents to continue interacting with their local community, driverless cars.
So far the technology is still in its pilot stage. If this proves a success, who knows what potential this could unlock! The immediate benefits that spring to mind are residents being able to continue shopping, visiting loved ones and attending community events.
“Piloting the technology on private roads within aged care communities hasn’t been done before and IRT is eager to understand how driverless cars can improve residents’ independence and quality of life”, this from Winston Mitchell, who will be speaking further on this at ITAC.
Gamification Enhancing Staff Engagement
We already know that the aged care sector has long been facing struggles with recruitment and retaining staff. Engaged employees are motivated, loyal, and likely to stay with the organisation for the long term. So the question is, how does the aged care industry boost employee engagement?
Whilst this is a multi-faceted question with no easy solution, people have been turning to technology for help.
Gamification has exploded in fitness and productivity – helping motivate people to reach exercise goals and complete mundane errands.
Is there potential for gamification to motivate employees? Allison Nikula from the CareApp Group will tell us more on day two of ITAC.
For now there certainly seems to be evidence to support the theory.
“Some workers are motivated by a sense of achievement, others by power, some by a feeling of affiliation with a group or a sense of competence…these apps measure real-time performance and engagement, while giving employees a way to accurately measure themselves against their coworkers to see how they’re performing”.
For more content related to ITAC, check out our earlier blog on change management in technology projects.
Don’t forget to visit us at ITAC. Meet the AutumnCare team at Stand 27.
We’ve been working on some innovations of our own, ask us about Family Connect!