Technology is a key factor for human development. It was created with the objective of making people’s lives simpler, by erasing barriers and helping those people with diminishing mental or physical abilities, allowing them to develop daily activities in the most natural manner possible, regardless of what their physical state is.

According to a report from the INE (acronym for the Spanish National Institute of Statistics), “in Spain, in less than 30 years, the number of people aged 65 and over has doubled”, and for the year 2050, it is expected that such figure comes upon 30% of total population. On the other hand, studies carried out by Eurostat, the European Union statistical office, disclose that in a period of only one hundred years, the percentage of older population will spiral, from 10% to 33%.

According to these data, the need becomes evident to count on new technologies that help elder people, and those with diminishing mobility in their everyday lives, and it becomes evident as well that one of the aspects on which more emphasis has to be laid is precisely these retirement or nursing homes.

The future of the elderly: automated retirement homes

Because of this population ageing, the interest on the part of governments towards the development and implementation of systems adapted to people with age-related reduced mobility has increased. So as to improve the quality of life in elderly population, automated mechanisms of all types are being implemented in nursing and retirement homes, the demotic model being one of the most employed systems.

There are currently two ways of automating retirement homes: integrated health systems and private healthcare networks.

  • Integrated health systems. These systems incorporate microprocessors and sensors in the users’ clothing, as well as in the pieces of equipment they usually employ, in such a way that they gather patients’ health information and usage habits, minimising possible risks thanks to the information obtained.

 

  • On the other hand, private healthcare networks make use of wireless technology, by interconnecting the various portable devices, storing the users’ health information in a big database. These figures help improving demotic automation systems in nursing homes, which means that older or disabled people are able to maintain their independence without reducing their quality of life or security.

Smart nursing homes” have a variety of safety, alarm and assistance systems in case of emergency, prevention in the face of falls, automatic timers, and more. Ultimately, all these systems make the person in question feel safer and more independent.

One of the most important elements in older people’s everyday life, or that of persons with reduced mobility, is the one regarding doors. Such passage elements could cause difficulties to older people’s lives in an exponential manner, since in many occasions, strength and skilfulness are required to open them, and some users need to have the support of walkers, or drive wheelchairs, so the best solution to help people with reduced mobility having full freedom and better mobility relies on the installation of automatic doors.

Automatic doors can be installed in any passing place of nursing homes, both at the main entrance and in accesses to any other room or living space, living rooms or bathrooms, provided that they are wide enough to allow passage so that people that need to make use of walkers, care providers, crutches or wheelchairs are not obliged to carry out an extra effort and can enjoy freely each and every room of the facilities.

Besides, Manusa automatic doors have a variety of devices such as proximity sensors, as well as presence and motion sensors, accessories which fully erase the user’s need to carry out any extra physical effort when opening or closing doors, or to access any type of room.

Another option offered by Manusa is the installation of a type of LED lighting system in the leaves of automatic doors. Although this type of lighting was originally designed with the aim of building up the corporate image of companies, it can also be used to clearly mark doors and reinforce accessibility due to an improvement in visibility.

Automated retirement homes must offer comfort and safety to their users, being fully accessible to guarantee the inclusion of each and every one of them. Whether nursing homes meet or not such criteria is becoming essential, so that residents achieve certain aspects regarding wellness, such as independence and autonomy, or the warranty of rights, considering that the fact of living in an old people’s home must not involve the loss of human rights and their own individual liberty.

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