There is no escaping the impact that the COVID-19 outbreak is having on society as a whole. ‘Isolation’ and ‘social distancing’ are more than just the latest buzz words, they are now our new way of living. This article takes a closer look at how SOFIHUB senior monitoring devices can help with COVID-19 isolation.
The government and health authorities remind us daily to ‘stay at home’ and isolate during this COVID-19 outbreak. We are also aware that this insidious virus is having devastating consequences for the elderly population.
How can the SOFIHUB home help our elderly loved ones who are isolating?
Digital companion due to reduction of visitors
The Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria has recommended the elderly, in particular, stay at home. The aim to of this initiative is to reduce the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Many of our ageing population live alone and often have family members or carers making regular visits to check on their well being.
The federal and state governments have now combined efforts to contain the spread of the virus. One of these measures is to restrict the number of people gathering indoors and to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between people. As a result it is advisable that we limit visits to our elderly loved ones who are most at risk.
So how can we be sure our elderly parents or grandparents are safe if we shouldn’t see them?
The SOFIHUB home is a home monitoring system that has been designed specifically for the elderly. It detects any unusual habits and builds a pattern of how people would usually behave in their own home.
This is one of the most respected senior monitoring devices in on market. It will notify family members/carers via messages and an online portal of any unusual changes in patterns of behaviour.
Hygiene, Medication and Appointment Reminders
Finding your elderly loved one confined to the space of their four walls can be difficult to accept.
The SOFIHUB home can detect any movements or behaviour of your loved ones. for example they haven’t taken their medication or engaged in important activities at certain times.
It can also serve as a reminder to ‘wash your hands for 20 seconds’ or ‘remember to make an appointment for another prescription’.
Maintaining health and well being
Our elderly population is being encouraged to remain active and continue healthy habits during this period of isolation. They are being advised by the health authorities to ‘exercise, drink plenty of water and sleep’ to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
The SOFIHUB home provides time-based messages that play at a specific time according to user needs. You can set a reminder on the SOFIHUB home that will tell your elderly loved one that they need to ‘have a glass of water’ or ‘warm cup of lemon and water’ every hour, for example.
Companion for those self isolating
The mental health of our elderly loved ones is also cause for concern as we continue to self isolate. Another side effect that may not be given enough attention is the loneliness that social distancing and isolation can cause.
We are now turning to the digital world to fill the void of human interaction. The SOFIHUB home is one remedy to curve tail loneliness amongst our loved ones as they face extended time alone.
In these challenging times, we all need to adhere to safety measures issued by the authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19. The shift to self isolation for the greater good of our own health and that of others is a small sacrifice to pay, considering the devastating consequences.
However, with senior monitoring devices like the SOFIHUB home, we can stay connected with our loved ones and continue to monitor their health and well being. Even if it is from a distance at this point in time.