It is no secret that the vast majority of seniors want to age-in-place, and the tech industry is listening.
A significant issue for the elderly is the fear of being incapacitated after a fall. If you fall in your home and do not receive attention for 72 hours, the chance of dying is 67 percent. The industry introduced personal emergency response systems (PERS) over twenty years ago to provide peace of mind, and today new PERS products offer advanced features.
Companies in the medical alert space are combining PERS products with telehealth capabilities. As seniors age, the chance of chronic illness increases, and with that is the need to monitor vital signs regularly. Now patients can record their vital signs at home and share the data with caregivers or doctors via the internet. The tablets have other features that provide medication reminders, track physical activity, and store mental exercises. All these features keep the focus on staying healthy and safe while living at home.
Aging-In-Place is becoming easier with these technological advancements. Not only are the number of trips to the doctor reduced, but self-monitoring will help catch issues before there is a need for hospitalization.