“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Likely we all remember the legendary commercial featuring an elderly woman lying on the floor – helpless until she activates her monitoring device that calls for help. While some poked fun at the slogan, the message was certainly clear: seniors who live alone sometimes require technological assistance to keep them safe. In the years since Life Alert aired that commercial, the number of products available to provide in-home health and safety for seniors has skyrocketed.
And for good reason. With elderly citizens living longer and choosing to remain at home for as long as possible, the home health care industry is as busy as ever. A recent study revealed that 80 percent of Baby Boomers hope to “age in place,” or continue to live at home as they get older. Fortunately for the Boomers – and future generations – aging comfortably (and safely) at home is more realistic than ever. Thanks to the services and resources available to professional and family caregivers, as well as technological advancements in home care, most seniors can achieve their dream of maintaining their independence by living at home with the integration of technology.
While monitoring devices are not necessarily new, the cost has decreased in recent years, allowing more seniors to afford them. There is also a wider variety of assistive technology available – from mobile vital-sign monitors to medication reminder systems.
Monitoring devices come in all shapes and sizes – and can have many different uses. Traditional monitors typically watch blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate. Other gadgets can tell the senior where to find an item they’ve misplaced or when to take their pills. “Smart canes” have motion sensors that offer walking tips and alert seniors to dangers that may cause a fall.
One of the most recent developments in remote monitoring is installing such software on cell phones. The senior’s vital signs are collected via wireless, wearable sensors embedded in watches or other small devices that can be worn on the go. Data is sent to a central station that displays on a private website – available for physicians and family members.
According to AgeTek (Aging Technology Alliance), the market for aging in place products and technology now represents more than 2.5 trillion dollars in spending power. Clearly this illustrates the significant supply and demand needs of the home care industry.
ClearCare has always been dedicated to providing superior, state-of-the-art homecare software for the purpose of keeping seniors healthy and safe as they live out their golden years at home. ClearCare’s easy-to-use web-based home health software empowers homecare agencies, caregivers, seniors and their families.
ClearCare’s powerful tools like real-time online patient monitoring ensures that every task is completed just as it should be. Telephony systems utilize the patient’s telephone to report the exact start and stop times for each visit from the caregiver, reducing the risk of fraud.
There is no doubt that technology within the world of home health care has enhanced patient care and improved the careers of caregivers. “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” is thankfully a thing of the past.