Can an emergency alert system reduce the stress level of seniors and caregivers?
How often have you been worrying about your loved ones when they were home alone? They want to remain independent for as long as possible, but staying calm and sure about their safety can be challenging.
Another aspect of this issue is ensuring the elderly receive immediate help when they are unable to use the emergency device due to injury. For that reason, providing seniors with smart fall detection is crucial, especially for those with disabilities. Such systems have built-in detection technology that can notice sudden elevation changes and are designed to deliver help as quickly as possible.
Knowing that your loved ones are being constantly monitored by an alert system helps family members reduce the level of stress. From the psychological side, it will also show your loved ones they are taken care of regardless of the distance.
That feeling of peacefulness is priceless.
How can emergency alert systems improve health care in rural areas of Canada?
Patients in rural areas often have to travel long distances to get the care they need.
This can be a big problem for older people, especially those who need specialized care. Plus, many seniors may live alone, and there is often no one around them when they need help the most.
Emergency alert systems are a game-changer in providing assistance that is just a button click away. Such devices improve the quality of life for seniors and keep them safe even when they live on their own or are located far from medical facilities.
Moreover, emergency alert systems reduce the anxiety caregivers and relatives can often experience due to the lack of support in low-resource rural environments. You always know what’s going on with your loved one and are certain they receive help as soon as possible.
Healthy Living: How Older Adults Are Managing Their Emotional and Mental Well-Being
Seniors face many challenges to emotional and mental well-being, including living in an unfamiliar environment, navigating a new healthcare system, or dealing with a loss.
At the same time, most older adults say they are resilient and expect to be able to bounce back from these challenges. Yet we should take on this matter and do our best to assist older adults with managing their emotional and mental well-being.
The 2022 survey by AARP showed that 45% of senior respondents had been bothered by anxiety. Unfortunately, we often have little impact on external factors that lead the elderly to such mental states. But the good thing is that we have an extensive toolkit of digital solutions to provide seniors with accessible timely support, whether it's used as an add-on to in-person care or a substitute for it.
If you're interested to find out more survey insights, check out the article below.
50% of seniors miss out on the professional care they need, according to the Gerontological Society of America.
The reasons for such statistics can vary greatly from one community to another: some lack the financial means to request support, and others may face a lack of care workers in the area.
Either way, we should focus on the solutions that can help address the issue in the most time-efficient way. In this case, I believe it’s the technological support.
When designing a routine for older adults, you can start with simple solutions that can help organize the schedule and logistics of certain tasks like taking medications on time or ordering food.
Once all the basic needs are covered, think of how you can establish continuous and reliable support for a senior. In some cases, they can monitor their daily health performance on their own with a tool like a smartwatch. In other cases, it may be useful to find a solution that also enables direct connection with emergency services. It can be especially helpful for older adults who have conditions like dementia.
Truth be told, you couldn’t always be there to react in case of need. But what you can do is make sure a senior gets immediate help even when you’re not there.
Faster diagnosis of frailty in seniors aging at home is key to helping them stay independent
”In the next 10 years, the number of Canadians living with frailty will grow to more than two million.”
I’ve already written a lot about how frailty can negatively affect the quality of senior living and put pressure both on the elderly and the caregivers supporting them. You can scroll down to my previous posts to read more on that.
In the meantime, I want to talk about the importance of monitoring frailty among seniors who choose to age in place.
In the article below, you can read some important insights into the topic. Still, I’d like to highlight one thing in particular: seniors with moderate frailty require the most support both with their physical state and personal well-being.
Consistent support, health monitoring and incident response are crucial for enabling quality ageing in place for the elderly.
Find more insights via the link - https://theconversation.com/faster-diagnosis-of-frailty-in-seniors-aging-at-home-is-key-to-helping-them-stay-independent-177246
The quality of senior living and technological advances in society are directly related.
The more efficient healthtech solutions we develop for seniors today, the more benefits we will receive from healthcare in the future.
Many people think of senior living and technology as opposing forces. In reality, the more a population embraces healthtech solutions for seniors, the healthier and happier society will become as we age.
In fact, there is a medical revolution happening right now that will transform our lives and make it easier for seniors to live independently at home rather than being forced into nursing homes.
Check out the recent report by AARP to see how technology can transform senior living by improving their quality of life and providing new opportunities for socialization.