VIDEO: Governments should incentivise organisations to innovate technology that helps seniors live independently at home then reimburse them for using it, according to an international aged services CEO.
Technology has the potential to help seniors who have health, social or advance care needs live independently at home, but aged services technologies are not advanced like they are in other sectors, said Stuart Kaplan, CEO of SelfHelp Community Services in the US.
“One of the things we should be doing is making sure that all new buildings have Wi-Fi accessibility so it facilitates the use of technology. Let’s start with the basics,” Mr Kaplan told the NEWSROOM at this month’s ACSA/IAHSA Joint International Conference, where he was a keynote speaker.
Better collaboration across the housing, social services and healthcare sectors was also key to improving services that would ultimately benefit governments through reduced healthcare spending, Mr Kaplan said.
“In order to utilise technology across those three sectors, governments should break down silos, incentivise organisations to move forward with innovation on how to use technology across those three sectors, then reimburse them for the use of those services with seniors at home,” he said.
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