When Is it Time to Get Medical Alert Protection?

Ann had raised seven children, helped her husband of 51 years plant multiple churches, was known for her world-class casseroles but was having trouble remembering if she’d made lunch today. Her husband was frustrated, but there were bigger concerns.  Ann was also having trouble remembering if she’d left the stove on, needed a coat to go outside or taken her medicine. Ann couldn’t safely care for herself without supervision, and with her husband’s failing health, they needed outside assistance to stay in their home.

Medical Alert Protection Is on the Rise

With the rise of artificial intelligence, seniors and their concerned children have options that were science fiction even a decade ago. Fall detection watches worn by your loved one can be linked to your phone, keeping you informed of how they are doing, keeping them safe, and allowing them freedom and a fuller life despite what would otherwise be limiting health and safety concerns. According to studies, 90% of seniors prefer to stay in their homes, and with a variety of systems, it’s important to weigh the right factors. 

What to Look for in Your System:

  1. Complete Package

Having a system that covers every area of need is essential. Door alarms, bed sensors, and in-home motion detectors can turn your loved one’s residence into a safer place that they can stay in longer. You and your loved one can set it up to meet their needs, and it can be tweaked as their situation changes. 

  1. Affordable

High-quality sensors and monitoring is now realistic and attainable. For less then a trip to the Urgent Care, a UTI sensor can monitor and alert seniors and their loved ones instantly of infections. In the home, monitors can be hooked up or existing security systems, and pre-programmed dashboards can analyze data and sense concerns. 

  1. Easy-to Use

The ideal system also needs to be user-friendly and simple with a minimal number of buttons to worry about. Finally, it needs to be low-maintenance so once it’s installed; you and your loved one can get back to what’s important.

  1. Cell Service over Wi-Fi

If your medical alert system is connected to a cell signal, you can easily check on your loved one when they leave the house. If they get lost or need help, you can see their coordinates right in your phone app and easily send help. 

  1. Grows with the Medical Needs of the Patient

Eventually, Anne’s husband passed away of cancer, and her own condition digressed. She was able to live with her son and daughter-in-law, but her safety and health were a constant stress point. Her daughter-in-law once commented that getting Anne to eat was challenging. “She just eats Teddy Grahams all day,” she said. “But at least she’s eating! They were in survival mode. If it worked, it was enough.  There comes a point where just fall detection and door sensors are not enough, and seniors need medical monitoring. Sadly, this is where many seniors lose their independence and have to enter nursing homes. However, this is where non-intrusive medical monitoring comes in. It allows seniors to age in place, in their own houses and surrounded by the people they love.

Technology like a watch sensor that monitors heart rate - sensing spikes and potential strokes, UTI sensors in the toilet and a monitoring system that analyzes would-be health risks are all vital to keeping seniors where they want to be longer. What would have been the equivalent of a live-in nurse a few years ago, now allows seniors to have their vitals checked by staff instantly simply by a device worn on their wrist. 

This is why Zanthion has developed a system for seniors that will help their families and caretakers ensure their safety, monitor their symptoms and allow them to stay active longer. Complete and user-friendly, the Zanthion system will adjust to individual needs, help caretakers perform better, and allow seniors and to live fuller and richer lives in their homes and close to the people they care about.

 

A Better Life Now and in the Future

Quality of Life for Everyone

A Better Life Now and in the Future

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 Home Care 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.

Trazer Anticipated Costs of Senior Falls 2020 by http://www.trazer.com/applications/senior-health/
  • 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.

IoT: The Burden of Elderly Care and Falls for Low Income Families

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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 Home Care 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.

Trazer Anticipated Costs of Senior Falls 2020 by http://www.trazer.com/applications/senior-health/
  • 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.

SMART Staging – PaaS and Platform Customization

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Passive Patient Monitoring vs. Traditional Medical Alert Systems

Thanks to advancements in technology, medical alert systems are now packed full of features that were previously unavailable to consumers. Traditional patient monitoring devices were limited in their capabilities of monitoring the elderly, and only allowed elderly individuals to alert for help if something went wrong. However, modern medical alert systems now allow continuous monitoring through new passive technology for improved response times and quality of care. Throughout this article, we’ll discuss how Zanthion’s cutting-edge senior monitoring system provides users with minute-by-minute updates to offer peace of mind and the highest level of monitored care possible for your satisfaction.

If your loved one would like to experience an unmatched level of care while remaining independent in their daily life, contact Zanthion today. We’ve helped families and senior communities all over the country improve their quality of care for senior citizens so that they may continue to live a normal life without requiring in-house assistance. Read more below to see why Zanthion’s senior monitoring system is right for you.

Continuous Notifications

One of the most useful features Zanthion’s elderly monitoring system provides users is continuous push notifications which are sent to both phones and tablets. Users can easily monitor response times, fall alerts, number of falls, and so much more with our conveniently aggregated patient data. Zanthion’s instantaneous alerts make monitoring senior citizens easy and stress free.

Sensors for Senior Fall Detection

While traditional senior fall detection technology provided just a mere button that could be pressed if something were to go wrong, Zanthion’s senior monitoring systems integrate the latest in passive sensor technology to alert users of the slightest discrepancies. With Zanthion’s state-of-the-art monitoring sensors, users will be alerted when windows are opened, lights are turned on and off, and temperatures are changed. Thanks to Zanthion’s automated senior fall detection, users can also monitor every slip or fall to ensure the utmost in safety for elderly patients or family members.

Community Notifications

One of Zanthion’s many unique features is its ability to connect your loved one’s neighbors and physicians to Zanthion’s senior monitoring system. With your permission, doctors and neighbors can also receive fall alerts straight to their phone so that your elderly family member receives a quick emergency response and the quality of care they deserve. This feature is especially useful if you plan on traveling and can’t be there for your loved one. With Zanthion, you can rest assured that your family member will receive prompt and responsive care while you are away.

If you are considering using senior monitoring software for elderly patients or family members, view all that Zanthion’s monitoring system has to offer. It has never been easier to monitor the wellbeing of elderly individuals, and with Zanthion, we provide all the relevant info you will need to ensure that your loved one has a team of highly trained individuals to respond in a timely manner to any emergencies that may arise. Visit our website to learn more or to purchase your Zanthion system today.

Passive Patient Monitoring with Medical Alert Systems

Modernizing Medical Alert Systems

Medical alert systems were initially created as a means to offer independence to elderly individuals while providing a level of safety and comfort to families and loved ones. Older medical alert systems possess limited capabilities, and rarely document what actually happened to the individual requiring assistance. With the emergence of new technologies, it is now possible to monitor the activities of your loved one in real time right from your tablet or smartphone. By adapting conventional methods of monitoring your family member’s activities, we’ve made it incredibly beneficial for both you and your elderly family member to implement a medical alert system into your daily lives.

In combining the limitless possibilities of modern-day technology with the functionality of traditional medical alert systems, Zanthion’s software is an essential tool for families looking to monitor and maintain the wellbeing of their loved ones. Below, we’ll outline a few of the countless reasons as to why Zanthion is the perfect medical alert software for your monitoring needs. By choosing our cutting-edge medical alert system, you can be confident that you’re receiving the safety and peace of mind your family deserves.

Passive Patient Monitoring with Sensors

Our flagship medical alert system utilizes passive remote patient monitoring sensors so that you can easily monitor your elderly family member for any unexpected falls or unusual activities. Our sensors can be placed around your family member’s home, so that you can track when your loved one is getting out of bed, when a window is opened or closed, when your family member has fallen over, and much more. Our sensors are both motion and light activated so that only the most precise data is collected for accurate viewing each time.

Benefits of Passive Patient Monitoring Sensors

  • Live updates frequently throughout the day
  • Automatic detection when a loved one falls
  • Light and motion sensitive sensors for ensured accuracy
  • Unusual activity alerts sent straight to you
  • Reduction in rate of hospitalization

Refining Medical Alert Systems

Thanks to years of research and development in designing it, with our state-of-the-art medical alert system you can now easily monitor your elderly family members from the comfort of your own home. If, for some reason, your complications or sudden accidents arise, Zanthion’s system will notify you as soon as they happen. Zanthion is designed to send personal notifications to your mobile device or tablet instantly, giving you live status updates of your loved one’s activities.

Unlike other medical alert systems, Zanthion compiles and organizes all the vital data you need to ensure the best care for your loved one. We provide users with critical information like how many times your family member has asked for assistance, how often they’ve fallen throughout the day, how active they are day-to-day, and much more. Aggregated data of your family member’s daily activities can be viewed with our easy-to-use app, which displays data in visually rich infographics.

Benefits of Zanthion

  • Easy-to-use features
  • User updates in real time
  • Rich visuals of aggregated data
  • Provides elderly with safety in their own home
  • Nurse calling system for emergency situations

Individual and Community Plans

Zanthion is not only perfect for individuals wishing to monitor their loved one’s health, it’s also a comprehensive solution for senior communities as well. Assisted living facilities often comment on how easy they can monitor large groups of individuals at one time with Zanthion. Our intuitive app allows users to group elderly individuals by neighborhood, room number, and much more, making it easier to view data of multiple individuals throughout different locations. After you’ve grouped users into categories, you can analyze useful information like the total amount of falls, average response time, and average resolution time for all your collective groups. It’s never been easier to monitor large groups and individuals alike to provide a safer community and sense of well-being.

See Why Zanthion Will Work for You

With Zanthion, there’s a plan that will fit the needs of all individuals as well as assisted living centers and communities. If you’re searching for a medical alert system that doesn’t compromise on the most important data and constant monitoring of your loved one, choose Zanthion as your all-inclusive medical alert system. We’ve made it easier than ever for family members to experience the peace of mind knowing that they’re loved one can be both safe and comfortable in their own home, and offer the quickest notification and live update system available.

If you’d like to experience how easy it is to receive live updates and real-time alerts of your loved one, visit our homepage today. We offer leading technology from our passive patient monitoring sensors, so that you’ll never have to worry again about the status of your elderly family member. To get started today, simply click the “order your free system” button located on our homepage!

How to Talk to Seniors About The Benefits of Technology

These days, technology is everywhere; even babies are using iPads now! Yet many seniors resist using modern technology in their daily lives. Whether it is because of a fear of the unknown or a lack of education, it is possible for your technophobic parent to start taking advantage of the innovations of the internet and technology in general. There are so many ways that seniors can benefit from technology that opening their minds to the possibilities is worth the effort. Some of the areas in which seniors can benefit from technology are:

Keeping Connected

One of the most important ways technology has improved all of our lives is by giving us the ability to talk to and even see our loved ones, even when they are across the globe. For seniors, staying socially connected in essential for their quality of life and health. Yet many seniors find themselves increasingly isolated as they get older. In-person human connection will obviously never be replaced, but using technology to better connect seniors to others is a wonderful way of keeping them connected to the outside world. Seniors can video-chat their friends and family via services like Skype or FaceTime, stay in the loop via social media platforms like Facebook, and instantly connect with their loved ones via email. The Internet and the devices with which seniors can use it may intimidate them at first, but once they realize how much better connected they can be, they will love it.

Keeping Safe

It is understandable by the majority of seniors wish to stay at their home as they age. While this is not realistic for all seniors, technology enables certain seniors to stay at home while still remaining safe. Seniors living alone would benefit from Zanthion, which is a medical alert system that uses wearable technology and the Internet of Things (IOT) to detect falls, track behavior like walking, anticipate the future with the use of big data, and allow seniors to instantly get help in the event of an emergency. This allows both seniors and their loved ones to feel at ease with them staying at home for longer.

An additional safety concern for seniors that can be aided by technology is for those who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Even seniors with Alzheimer’s who live in assisted living facilities or with family have unique safety concerns, namely wandering. In a previous blog, we went over why wandering is such a problem for Alzheimer’s patients, and what tools you can use to help prevent this dangerous behavior. One we went over is GPS technology, which is allowing caregivers the ability to geofence seniors, alerting them when they get outside of a certain boundary. Clearly, taking advantage of this innovative technology offers unique safety benefits that we have not been able to access before.

Keeping Healthy

There is an abundance of ways that seniors can use technology to improve, monitor, and maintain their health. First, staying active is an essential part of everyone’s health but it is especially important for seniors. A great way to provide seniors an outlet for exercise is through technology. For example, some assisted living communities have already starting using Nintendo Wii’s sports games, which use motion control and virtual reality to give users a workout. This way, seniors can participate in moderate physical activity without leaving their living room. Additionally, using a streaming device such as Apple TV or Roku can allow seniors to access YouTube on their TVs, where they can play thousands of free exercise videos. As far as mental exercise goes, technology also has much to offer seniors. Playing trivia, memory, or word games on their smartphone or tablet is a great way for seniors to keep sharp.

Another significant health concern that can be addressed through the use of technology is medication management. As seniors get older, they often have more medication to take while remembering to take it gets harder. There is only so much that pill boxes can do to serve as a reminder to seniors to take their medication. This is where technology comes in! There are many medication management apps for seniors on the market that serve to remind seniors to take their meds, as well as when they need to refill their prescriptions. These types of apps reduce missed medication incidents to ensure seniors stay healthy.

How to Talk to Your Senior Parent About Technology

So now you know the abundance of reasons why seniors should get on board with technology, how exactly do you approach these conversations? For some seniors, they are afraid of embracing technology because they worry that they won’t be able to use it. We often take for granted that certain aspects of technology may seem intuitive to us, but is actually difficult for anyone who lacks any technological experience to learn. For example, double-clicking, tapping on icons, and swiping may all be difficult for seniors to master, particularly if they have arthritis. Some seniors may get frustrated or lose interest if you simply show them how to use the technology. To get them to engage with it, try keeping their interest with these tips.

Make it Relevant to Them

For your senior parent to adopt technology, it is important for them to care about it. While they may not see the point of switching from paper to electronic news, they may be motivated to get on Facebook if it helps them stay connected to their grandchildren. Think about what your parent cares about, and that will be their source of motivation for using technology.

Emphasize Functionality

Preteens may be all about getting the latest technology, but chances are, your parent has very little interest in the status associated with having the latest iPhone. Seniors are more interested in tangible, practical benefits. Emphasize the way that technology can be used to improve their day-to-day lives, such as through medication management or step counters. When you make sure they understand the practical benefits of technology, they will be more open to using it.

Keep it Visually Appealing and Simple

Many products for seniors are boring and clunky, making them unappealing to anyone. Look for devices for your senior parent that are both aesthetically pleasing and easy to use to engage their interest. AARP has recently introduced a tablet called the RealPad, a device specifically designed with seniors in mind. With better readability, a simpler interface, and video tutorials, the RealPad can be a great way to introduce your senior parent to technology.

Your senior parent may initially be hesitant to dive into the technology pool, but with your help, they can soon take advantage of all that it has to offer. For more information on this issue, please check out some resources below.

Resources

Zanthion Store
Medication Management Apps for Seniors
Online Games for Seniors
Stitch – A Social Media App for Seniors
AARP RealPad

The Importance of Independence for Seniors

For the first half of your life, your parent cared for you. Now that they are aging, it is time for you to take care of them. However, it is important to do so while respecting their independence. As your parent becomes more dependent on your care, their autonomy will become more and more important to them. When seniors are independent, they are happier, healthier, and more fulfilled. Prioritizing their independence will ensure their mental and physical health.

Mental Health

Put yourself in your parent’s shoes: for the last several decades, they have taken care of themselves. Now, their body and mind is aging, and tasks that were once simple now require much more of their energy, or they may not be able to do them at all. They are no longer able to rely solely on themselves; they must now depend on their child for care. For some seniors, this can be depressing, disheartening, and humiliating. They may feel a loss of purpose. In extreme cases, they may lose the desire to live. However, when their independence is retained as much as possible, it gives them a greater sense of agency over their own lives. With more control of what they do, seniors don’t feel as helpless in the face of aging and they can maintain their dignity. This means that their mental health is more sound and they are happier with life and themselves.

Physical Health

Independence is also important for seniors’ physical health. As your parent becomes more dependent on you, if their independence is not maintained in some other way, they may lower their expectations of themselves. This lower expectation causes them to spend less time participating in physical activity, which leds to a decline in health. However, if steps are taken to ensure that they are more independent, they will be more active. Active seniors are healthy seniors, so when you are caring for your parent, do what you can to encourage independence.

Independent Activities for Seniors

There are certain activities your senior parent can participate in that allows them to be independent. Here are some ideas that you can encourage:

  • Light household tasks
  • Attending social events
  • Personal hygiene
  • Keeping in touch with loved ones — phone calls, writing letters and emails, etc.
  • Playing games
  • Joining a group fitness class
  • Volunteer work
  • Going for walks
  • Using the computer

While some seniors meet the suggestion of more independence with anxiety or hesitance, if you consistently encourage and support their efforts, they can feel a sense of pride and accomplishment from participating in independent activities.

While it is important to encourage independent activities, that does not mean that your senior parent does not require some supervision. However, having someone hover around them at all times will only serve to make them feel more restricted. In this case, our medical alert system with fall detection provides the ideal solution. With wearable technology that not only monitors falls but analyzes data related to walking, sitting, standing, and gait, you can rest assured that you are on top of your parent’s care while still keeping their dignity intact. Learn more about our medical alert systems with fall detection here today.