Rise of technology will ‘transform’ future senior living, says report

23/07/2019 - 06:00
The future of senior living is being ‘transformed’ by technology; according to a new report from Elior UK’s care subsidiary Caterplus.

Findings revealed that the ageing population expects technology to integrate with and improve lifestyles, offering a personalised service for leisure activities, medical needs, eating and drinking, and overall wellbeing.

Launched on July 11, the report titled:  The Future of Care: How the Nation Wants to Age, looked at how culinary, environmental, health and cultural offerings within care will change over the next twenty years.

66% of the 3,000 asked, expect the rise of technology in care provisions to make life easier, and over 97% expect internet facilities as part of their care provision.

Many expect technology to provide medical support, as 74% want to oversee their own care profile and preferences using a mobile or tablet app.

Robin Givens, managing director contracts at Elior UK said: “Over 50s account for more than a third of the population and half of consumer expenditure. They hold 80% of all personal wealth and control around 70% of all disposable income – so hold considerable influence as a group.

“We created this report to give the entire care industry – be it caterers, care providers, architects or builders – a clearer direction as to what we should be doing to create a future care provision that is truly fit for purpose for this diverse group.”

Other findings included:

  • 69% of people would book on to activities and classes using technology or apps
  • 71% expect to see a café, restaurant or bar that can be visited outside of meal times
  • 80% say ‘freedom of life’ is the most important factor affecting their choice of care provision
  • 88% expect care provisions to be equipped for them to move in with their partner
  • 84% want their chosen care provision to resemble a home but offer the services of a hotel

To read the full report, please click on the attached pdf. 

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