A multi-part series exploring Connected Living Solutions for Seniors living at home.
Connected Living Solutions
Enabling Seniors to Age In Place…and Helping Caregivers Worry Less
In the upcoming months, we will explore how smart home technology is offering seniors and their caregivers safe and effective options for independent living. Before jumping into the solutions, perhaps it makes sense to understand just how many stand to benefit from these new offerings.
According to the AARP, the overwhelming majority of older adults, nearly 90%, want to stay in their homes as they age rather than move to a healthcare facility. This desire to “age in place” or maintain “independent or non-assisted living”—terms coined to reflect this phenomenon—is so strong, that the number only drops to 82% even if they begin to need to day-to-day assistance.
While maintaining their independence is a growing reality for many active seniors, it often requires some level of care and support. And that’s where family members traditionally step in. Nearly 35 million Americans currently provide unpaid care for a family member over age 50 at an average rate of 19 hours per week.
Today’s caregivers, those adult children of aging parents, face their own challenges. Typically “sandwiched” between working demanding hours, raising their own children and also looking after mom or dad, families often experience a lot of stress and worry—along with confusion about where to turn for help. It’s no surprise that over half of caregivers feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their loved ones require.
And the need for a better solution is growing. Baby Boomers between the ages of 55 and 73 currently represent almost a third of the population, with 10,000 new senior citizens turning 65 every day!
Smart home technology is providing a solution for both seniors and their caregivers that combines traditional safety and security features with intelligence to help anticipate issues before they become emergencies.
Today’s Connected Living Solutions extend beyond traditional alerts that are triggered only after a fall or accident occurs. Monitoring seniors’ well-being and quality of life are made possible through a suite of discrete sensors and smart devices. A USA Today report explains how this new breed of solutions “can report about changes in activity levels, sleeping and eating patterns, bathroom visit frequency and medication adherence, as well as emergency situations like wandering out of the home or falls.” If unusual and potentially harmful behavior is identified, proactive alerts will be sent to caregivers.
Seniors want to maintain their independence and caregivers want peace of mind knowing their aging parents are not only safe but also experiencing a better quality of life. Connected Senior Living Solutions use intelligence-based trend alerts to provide assurance for families, and enable seniors to live the lifestyle they desire while staying safe and healthy in their homes.
Stay tuned! In upcoming blogs in this series, we’ll take a deep dive into the newest trends in connected living solutions for Seniors living at home.