How Wearables Can Help Seniors Manage Healthcare

In 2011, the first generation of baby boomers accounted for 15 percent of the Canadian population, and by the year 2036, seniors are expected to make up 25 percent of the population. Most of the seniors, aged 75 to 84, require the assistance of an elderly caregiver, registered nurse, or home health care provider. With more seniors needing assistance, the demand for alert monitoring devices is rising. You may have heard of the medical alert buttons and seen the commercials, and while they are effective, they are outdated. Although the medical alert option is still around today, advances in modern technology have introduced the use of wearables and GPS trackers for the management of healthcare. Today, new brands are looking to target senior care with the following smart care products:

Emergency Watches and Wrist Worn SensorsSeveral safety watches serve as trackers for older adults who are living independently, these watches are discreet and act as a monitor for family and friends in the event of an emergency. Emergency safety watches and sensors come equipped with emergency alert systems, which track data wirelessly to a cloud. Another option allows you to alert your family member to medication reminders and other emergency services.

Project Lifesaver and Geolocation Devices

Project Lifesaver is recognized for their work with Alzheimer’s patients, and children with autism. They have created a PAL system which integrates a wristwatch with a transmitter, portable receiver, and GPS tracker. If the individual wearing the tracker leaves a designated location, you will receive an alert. This wearable is ideal for a person in senior care, or home healthcare.

There are similar geolocation devices that are more cost-effective, these allow you to track an individual with a mobile or wearable device. The geolocation devices come available in smart soles, wrist watches, and credit card size modules.

Body Guardian Sensors

The wearable sensors allow you to perform cardiac monitoring while still active and performing routine functions. All your data is delivered in real-time to physicians over a cloud-based platform.

Be Close Sensors

These sensors are perfect to keep a close eye on senior care without infringing on the privacy of your loved one. The sensors are placed throughout the home without the use of cameras. If the sensors notice anything unusual or out of character, you will be notified via text or email.

If you are an elderly caregiver or registered nurse, you understand the importance of senior care and how quickly things can go awry. The traditional in home medic alert systems have proven useful in assisting with emergency response and fall detection in elderly care. The technological advances of smart wearables are providing an innovative and profitable method of increasing important lifesaving opportunities.