The Three Emerging Conditions What Will Greatly Impact Elder Care Practices
Many Americans are in a stage of their life where most of them have gained better awareness about their futures and long-term care options after retirement driven by the uncertainties of the Coronavirus pandemic.
We see an increase in the demand for an elder care attorney and we can truly understand why.
The COVID-19 disruption has challenged traditional practices and paved the way for significant changes in the new normal. One of those impacts can be felt in elder care.
Here are three possible conditions that can have a tremendous effect on elder care practices.
Elder law and social distancing
This poses a difficult challenge that will have a huge impact on elder care of which traditional practices in care and treatment are focused on personal and close physical interaction with the elderly.
For instance, elder care staff devote most of their time to fulfill their tasks and responsibilities through personal and physical interactions with their elderly wards in a care facility, such as administering medication, feeding, cleaning, etc.
With social distancing, the human element becomes more restricted and new care methods need to be introduced that are aimed at improving their quality of life and at the same time adhering to social distancing measures.
Technology and the human factor
Technology could take over the human factor of elder care workers and limit exposure to their elderly wards in care facilities.
Doctors could soon appear on a screen when talking to seniors to avoided personal contact to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
It is not a far-fetched concept to find technology threatening the role of humans in elder care.
How long-term care facilities could adapt to COVID-19
Doctor’s offices could soon be equipped with closed-circuit cameras and monitors and care facility wards having the same to ensure the possibility of reducing the number of health workers being exposed to eldercare patients.
Robots and remote-controlled medicine delivery systems, as well as diagnostic and monitoring systems, could soon be prevalent in hospitals and eldercare facilities.
Social distancing means people need to be less exposed to one another, so for eldercare facilities to ensure that these safety protocols are in place, the absence of exposure is a convenient and plausible way to see it done.
However, these emerging conditions could be faced with a lot of opposition, especially when technology cannot be held directly accountable for critical errors- situations that any elder attorney may need to watch out for and continue to uphold the rights of elders in the new normal.