Many developments are taking place in the field of home automation in the care market. Domotics, also known as care at a distance, will be used more and more to make the care process more efficient and effective, to support it and to make life easier for clients. But how is Home Automation integrated within the work process of the carer in your organization?
Home automation in operation
The dismantling of the larger complexes and the relocation of clients to residential areas and assisted living areas will increase the need and actual application of home automation. Clients often have to and want to live at home ‘independently’ for a longer period of time. By integrating various aids and intelligent applications into ‘normal’ life, this will actually make it possible for people to live at home for longer. For example, nightpath lighting, teleconference with the GP or automatic door locking to make it easier to call for help and care.
However, Domotica also contributes to the fact that care will be more remote, with the exception of situations in which direct care or support is required. Nevertheless, the introduction of home automation also changes the role of the healthcare professional. Home automation takes over a number of tasks from the care provider and/or the client. The care provider can therefore focus on other tasks and focus more on the care.
Moving with the times
It is a great development that people can manage independently for a longer period of time, but non-hospital care will of course not just disappear. Providing care on location, in people’s homes, can be an excellent addition to the applications that Home Automation realizes. The world around us is becoming more digital, more innovative and more intelligent. Organisations need to find a connection to this. Digital information management is an example of this.
Access to information via mobile devices. Taking notes and synchronising them directly with the central archive. No more unsafe, lying around paper files and illegible manuscripts, no more incomplete and lost information. That is progressive. But certainly necessary. Technology is catching up with us and you certainly can’t go along with everything. What is hip and innovative today will be obsolete tomorrow.
Still, standing still is the biggest mistake you can make. Standing still means going backwards. In order to secure one’s own organisation for the future and future technologies, steps must be taken. Efficient and effective work must be central to this. But the most important thing is to take care of the client, who must absolutely not suffer from working efficiently. The interests of the client must be the number one goal and priority.