Technology Solutions Making Elder Home Care Safer
In Canada, the population of those aged 65+ is rapidly outgrowing those still of working age. * Because of this, the number of caregivers available to provide elder home care is in serious decline.
At Comfort Keepers®, we offer a range of technology solutions including SafetyChoice® that highly successful at filling this gap. This helps to extend the reach of our caregivers and makes it possible for more seniors to remain in their home with regular visits from family and professional caregivers.
The steadily growing number of seniors who choose to live at home benefit from the many facets of our safety technology solutions. With services such as an emergency response system, their families can enjoy the peace of mind from knowing that even when their loved one’s elder home care provider is not on the premises, they are being watched over.
Video monitoring is another wonderful aspect of the latest in elder home care. It allows distant relatives the ability to stay in touch and more involved in their loved one’s care. Per the Family Caregiver Alliance, approximately 5.1 to 7 million people in North America provide at least some level of care for their elderly loved ones from a distance.
Other benefits in elder home care from technology include:
The ability to provide seniors with medication reminders, significantly improving their health outcomes. Approximately 30 percent of those aged 65+ who are admitted to the hospital is the result of failing to take their medications and 40 percent of those who find themselves in a nursing home are those who cannot manage their own medications at home.
Per the Public Health Agency of Canada, one-third of Canadian adults over the age of 65 suffer from falls, which are the leading cause of death by injury for the elderly. We provide a way for seniors to summon help in the event of a fall or any other type of emergency. This rapid response has been proven to reduce the extent of injuries, illnesses, and their long-term complications.
Our SafetyChoice® system can be used to monitor the whereabouts of a family member with a history of wandering as a direct result of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The latest information from the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada shows that 1 out of 6 Canadians suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia-related mental illnesses will experience at least one incidence of wandering each year, putting them at risk of becoming lost, endangering their health and safety. Records indicate some 50 percent of seniors who wander and are not found within 24 hours will most likely suffer serious injury or die.
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* According to Statistics Canada, the 65+ population increased by 70% during the 20th century, compared to 25% for the entire population. The ratio of working-age adults to senior care recipients is expected to drop 40 percent between 2010 and 2030.