The Burden of Elderly Care and Falls for Low Income Families

There is a higher burden that is very challenging for low income families taking care  the elderly.

Without the financial resources to support elderly parents in an assisted living community or in home care, adult children are forced to either live with or close by a parent. In their care, there is a constant threat of an elderly parent having an event that might affect their health or safety. What if they are not there to help them?  They might fall in the middle of the night or wander into the neighborhood and get hurt or miss an appointment. Family, friends, and neighbors often help when caregivers are not available due to work or other commitments.  There is a community burden that is sometimes unmet?

One of the most threatening events for the elderly are injuries due to falls.

The Zanthion SMART Senior Living System is an extremely low cost, high value, solution for monitoring your parents or loved ones.  Our platform is an end-to-end service that uses sensors to securely collect the data (we never transport sensor data with personal data), and applications that communicate to multiple stakeholders such as family, friends, and neighbors. As America’s elderly population growth accelerates exponentially, remediating the impact of falls, bed sores/sepsis, etc., has significant ethical and financial impact.

With Zanthion setup time is a snap.  You can easily monitor your parents activity and there is a fall event, you can have multiple people notified via sms text, email, and a smart phone application.

We have a very high accuracy rate and minimize false positives or a false negative where someone falls and the system is not aware.  Any person in your  “community” can respond to an event and the application notifies everyone so there is coordination and communication.  Emergency services can also be requested via the app or via the attractive jewelry we provide with built in sensors.

Some shocking numbers

  • $30 billion is spent annually on healthcare related to falls. Medicare costs alone for hip fractures as a result of falls is projected to be 240 billion dollars by 2040.
  • The average cost of a fall injury was $19,440 (including hospital, nursing home, emergency room and home health care, but not physician services).
  • The Elder Fall Prevention Act has been passed by Congress for the development of effective public education, expansion of services and research on best practices.
  • About one third of the elder population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.
  • As alarming as they are, these documented statistics fall short of the actual number since many incidents are unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers.
  • Frequent falling. Those who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again.
  • About half (53%) of the older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall with in six months.

Fall Prevention

Some people think that the best thing to do if you’ve fallen, or if you’re afraid of falling, is to be less active. Why take the chance of falling again, right?  Research shows that seniors who are less active are more likely to fall, they lack the strength and balance and they need to resist falls.  This is why healthcare professionals recommend starting a regular exercise routine of any kind – even if you start by taking only a few steps every day.

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  • Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls.
  • Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions 40% of those admitted do not return to independent living; 25% die within a year.
  • Many falls do not result in injuries, yet a large percentage of non-injured fallers (47%) cannot get up without assistance.
  • For the elderly who fall and are unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile often affects their health outcome. Muscle cell breakdown starts to occur within 30-60 minutes of compression due to falling. Dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia, and pneumonia are other complications that may result.
  • Getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80% and increases the likelihood of a return to independent living.Up to 40% of people who have a stroke have a serious fall within the next year.

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