Keeping Seniors Safe at Home
Keeping Seniors Safe at Home With Technology Solutions
Canada’s 65+ population is growing at a swifter pace than the working age sector.* One result will be a decreasing supply of caregivers relative to the number of people needing care.
Technology solutions - like those of SafetyChoice ® by Comfort Keepers ® - are proving their value by helping to fill this gap, extending the reach of caregivers, and enabling seniors to stay safe and independent at home between visits by family or professional caregivers.
The growing ranks of seniors who choose to age at home greatly benefit from the protection provided by safety technology solutions, such as emergency response systems. And their families enjoy greater peace of mind knowing their loved one is still being watched over when they can’t be there.
Technology solutions, such as video monitoring, give even distant family members the opportunity to be involved. The Family Caregiver Alliance says that an estimated 5.1 to 7 million North Americans care for an older family member from a distance.
In-home care technology also:
- Improves health outcomes, for instance, as it reminds seniors to take medicine. Failure to follow prescriptions is attributed to 30 percent of hospital admissions among people over age 65, while 40 percent of people entering nursing homes are unable to manage medications at home.
- Provides seniors a quick way to get help in the event of falls or other emergencies when they are alone. Quick response lessens the extent of injury or illness and long-term effects. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that more than one third of Canadian adults 65 and older fall each year—and falls are the leading cause of death by injury for seniors.
- Monitors the movements of persons who wander due to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions. The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada reports that 1 in 6 Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia experience critical wandering incidents each year, in which seniors become lost, endangering their health and safety. Nearly half of wandering seniors not found within 24 hours become seriously injured or die.
* 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.