New Technologies Changing the Future of Retirement Living by Helping People Stay in Their Homes

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Products from ActiveCare allow seniors the independent living services they seek while helping manage their health care needs

With the majority of seniors indicating they plan to stay in their homes instead of move into a retirement community, the retirement home of the future will be equipped with electronic-based home health care services to help facilitate active senior living. According to a recent survey by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, 83 percent of individuals reaching retirement age do not plan to leave their current residence. ActiveCare provides a solution people are turning to for home-based health care needs with its ActiveHome product line.

Seniors are searching for alternatives that give them the independence they seek while managing their health care. A Clarity study found that 65 percent of seniors are interested in using new technologies to stay in their homes.

“The goal is to help members maintain their independence, while giving peace of mind to their loved ones and caregivers that they will be able to get the help they need if a problem arises,” said Jack Johnson, an ActiveCare board member. “Our whole mission is to let elderly people, or people in need, live at home.”

ActiveHome was specifically designed with seniors and those facing chronic illnesses in mind. Sensor systems are installed throughout the home and then closely monitored by a remote CareCenter staffed with specialists who are trained to respond to members’ unique needs.

For example, eating habits are monitored through sensors placed on cabinet doors, the refrigerator and stove. If it looks like someone has not eaten, a CareCenter staffer checks on them to provide assistance.

Salt Lake City resident Darren Schmitt said his mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. But a device on the refrigerator in his mother’s ActiveHome notifies the CareCenter if she doesn’t open the fridge.

Schmitt said he once received a call from the police that his mother was outside her home at about 3 a.m. Now a sensor in the woman’s ActiveHome would notify officials if she leaves at an unusual hour.

Equipping his mother’s house with products from ActiveCare was much less expensive than the $7,000 per month it would cost for her to live in a nursing home, Schmitt explained.

Sensors may also be installed to track whether someone gets out of bed, moves around their home or falls.

“It generally takes 15 hours to find someone who has fallen. The right kind of equipment installed in the home can alleviate the worry of not being found soon enough,” ActiveCare CEO Jim Dalton said.

Other ActiveCare devices helping manage health care needs include an electronic pill box that helps ensure the right medications are taken at the right time. Vital signs like blood pressure, blood oxygen, weight and glucose levels are also monitored by the CareCenter daily.

Those using ActiveHome also receive assistance when they leave their house carrying a cell phone-like medical alert device called the Personal Assistance Link (PAL). The device includes advanced fall detection and GPS tracking used to guide emergency personnel or caregivers to a location.

With quality of life among the greatest concerns in a person’s later years, sensor- and electronic-based home health care systems are paving the way as new alternatives to nursing homes.

About ActiveCare

ActiveCare is a leading provider of independent living systems. The company’s Personal Assistance Link allows senior citizens to live actively and independently knowing that medical assistance is available with the push of a button 24 hours each day. For more information about ActiveCare visit http://www.activecare.com.

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