Guest article: How embracing assistive technology will be pivotal for care homes in the future

Gavin Bashar UK Managing Director of Tunstall Healthcare An ageing population and funding challenges have placed social care providers under pressure. Staffing shortages, lack of funding and inefficiencies have all led to health and social care services finding it increasingly difficult to provide the required care.
To ensure social care operators are safeguarded for the future and can continue to support the most vulnerable in society, industry leaders must investigate how to meet this surge in demand, and protect against future health crises like COVID-19.
The future of care is already beginning to emerge in response to the current health and care crisis with initiatives, such as the Nightingale care home, developed to meet the demands for extra capacity and care of the vulnerable not yet ready to return to the community.
Gavin Bashar, UK Managing Director of market-leading provider of Connected Care and Health Solutions Tunstall Healthcare , discusses the future of care homes and the crucial role of assistive technology in enabling providers to continue meeting care demands.

By Gavin Bashar
The future of care homes
Social care systems have often been established with reaction rather than prevention in mind. It is crucial that there is a shift in this behaviour to enable greater input into development and innovation.
Care providers need to become more progressive and embrace available opportunities. As we live longer, demands on social care services will increase and the impact of the changing health and care landscape needs to be considered. Professionals must explore how they can improve the support they deliver and the ways in which technology-enabled care in particular, can help the elderly and vulnerable to live well.
Investment needs to be made in empowering residents through cost-efficient and appropriate preventative and proactive measures, to continue living as independently, happily, healthily and securely as possible.  Care homes of the future should give every stakeholder from carers to GPs the insight they need to deliver better outcomes and support residents seamlessly throughout their care journey.
As the world moves towards an increasingly digital future, the social care industry needs to progress and become digitally enabled. The next generation of systems will become more predictive, using patterns in data to anticipate possible events such as falls by identifying changes in behaviour, ultimately allowing organisations to deliver efficient care to their communities while also enhancing cost-effectiveness and quality of care.
The role of technology

It’s crucial that the role of technology in developing the care homes of the future is understood, and technological advancements are embraced.
Advanced wireless and digital systems which move beyond traditional, fixed-call points, such as Tunstall Carecom, will...