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Technology for Long-Term Care

Tech solving long-term care woes

In this NCBI article, you'll learn about:

  • The current state of age tech in research organizations

" Universities nationwide are organizing programs of study and research in gerontology and technology. The National Institute of Aging (NIA) established Edward Roybal Centers for Research to facilitate translation of basic science into practical outcomes including new technologies to benefit older adults. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) exist at 22 universities with approximately 25% addressing technology and aging research in the concept-for-test, prototype, and development phases. "

  • Areas for future research

" One of the greatest potential benefits from current and emerging technologies would be a possibility to provide a new person-centered environment in LTC settings (“Computer-based technology and caregiving for older adults. Special National Conference Report,” 2003). Person-centered LTC technology allows high-tech options where residents are primary consumers of products used to improve their function and quality of life. "

  • Barriers to the implementation of age tech

" Finally, failure of the regulatory system to keep pace with technological advances stands in the way of implementing technologies. Regulatory agencies lack experience in evaluating technological applications in LTC. Currently, few regulatory standards and policies of reimbursement are associated with LTC technology. "

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