By 2050 one in six people will be over the age of 65 and with more people choosing to live independently as they age, retirement villages would appear to be the perfect place for them to reside in.
Even though retirement villages allow the elderly to live independent and stress-free lives, there’s trouble in paradise.
Take a look at these figures…
The average age of residents in retirement villages is now 80 – up from 55 twenty years ago and seniors are moving in at the age of 75, a number that’s increasing every year according to Ben Myers, executive director of retirement living at the Property Council of Australia.
These statistics have a deeper significance.
The increasing age of residents causes them to view retirement villages as places of care rather than just a means of independent living.
And while seniors might find it natural to think along those lines; for retirement villages, it might seem almost unthinkable.
The thing is, retirement villages primarily provide an opportunity for the elderly to live on their terms without having to worry about mowing lawns, watering plants, and other similar tasks.
So, while they may employ staff to look after and maintain the property, as well as provide basic housekeeping services to residents, they lack the caregivers and technological resources to provide the specialised care that seniors require.
Secondly, as people age, their tendency to fall increases. Studies show that more than one-third of people 65 years of age or older fall each year, and in half of such cases, the falls are recurrent. The risk doubles or triples in the presence of cognitive impairment or history of previous falls.
For older people, falling could mean broken bones, brain injuries and could even prove fatal.
And it’s not just falls. The health of seniors needs to be monitored continuously. Vital parameters, mobility issues, and daily movements must all be tracked regularly.
But retirement villages simply don’t have the resources to watch over residents 24×7. The lack of Government funding makes it even more difficult for them to establish high standards of care.
What they need is a solution that is low impact yet highly effective and that supports independent living.
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eazense powered by SOFIHUB employs radar technology to provide real-time fall detection and continuous, non-invasive monitoring, allowing for the efficient use of care resources.
Think of it as a medical alarm for seniors that monitors residents passively without the need for mobility restricting wearables.
eazense also tracks body position, detects irregular movement in a room, and sends alert notifications to care providers in the event of an anomaly – allowing caregivers to provide care when it is truly needed.
What’s more, eazense monitors residents without using cameras, respecting their privacy.
Multifunctional medical alarms for seniors, such as the eazense, provide the elderly with security while preserving their independence and privacy.
For caregivers, it saves time and reduces the number of unnecessary visits, resulting in significantly lower healthcare costs.
With the numerous benefits that medical alarm systems provide to seniors and caregivers alike, it’s easy to see why they’re considered a must-have for use in retirement villages and aged care living communities.
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