Bathroom 2.0: Alert1 Rates Bathroom Technology for the Modern Senior

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There has been a boom of new technology that makes the bathroom safer and easier to use than ever. Alert1 has analyzed today's bathroom technology to find the best devices for the modern senior and has determined the likelihood of their widespread adoption.

"The bathroom is the most dangerous area of the home. New technology will increase senior safety as well as allowing privacy and dignity in the bathroom."

Alert1 Medical Alert Systems has today announced “Bathroom 2.0,” a new report that reviews and analyzes new technologies for senior safety.

Slippery floors and hard surfaces make the bathroom a dangerous place for seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging, 80 percent of falls in seniors over the age of 65 take place in the bathroom. The Centers for Disease Control reports that such falls result in nearly $70 billion in lifetime medical costs.

“The bathroom is the most dangerous area of the home” stated Alert1 Director of Marketing Nicholas Pompa. “New technology will increase senior safety as well as allowing privacy and dignity in the bathroom. Alert1 hopes to increase awareness of these new technologies and how they can be used to support seniors and their caregivers.”

Alert1’s analysis shows:

  • The bathroom is the most dangerous area of the home.
  • Senior independence in the bathroom decreases embarrassment and increases caregiver effectiveness.
  • Four bathroom technologies deserve a closer look. These are bath lifts, grab bars, smart showers, and automatic toilets. Alert1 has rated each item by price, installation difficulty, and importance to have in the home.
  • Innovations in style and decreased cost will increase adoption rates of the most important items. Higher-priced items will be integrated into new constructions, but are likely to remain a luxury item in spite of their usefulness to those with limited mobility.

“Many new bathroom technologies are designed as luxury items, and are not marketed to seniors,” says Pompa. “These products greatly improve quality of life for those living with limited mobility. We in the senior care industry can help improve adoption by making them more accessible, and by educating others about them. We at Alert1 are happy to take the lead in doing so.”

For the full results of Alert1’s research, visit http://www.alert-1.com/content/senior-care-technology-for-the-bathroom/3353.

Alert1 Medical Alerts is an aging in place technology company headquartered in Williamsport, PA. Alert1 provides personal emergency response systems and medication reminders for seniors. Modern Senior Magazine selected the company as “#1 Medical Alert System – 2014.”

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