Our founder and CEO, Kian Saneii, was recently a guest on Tim Rowan's Home Care Technology Report podcast along with Cheryl Fox of Fox and Associates Home Health.
How can Independa help home care organizations, in a big way?!
How do we deliver on our promise to make seniors’ lives more enjoyable, increase staff efficiency, and give peace of mind to caregiving children?
1800homecare.com investigates and shares the results in their candid review: https://www.1800homecare.com/independa.
Is there anything the adult children of older parents can do to improve care for their parents in a cost efficient, less disruptive way?
Surprisingly, the answer is yes! Here are a few free or low-cost ways you can care for your aging parents:
1) Get Grandkids & Grandparents Together
A program at Washington State University is using machine learning to help seniors live in their choice of environment for longer and with a greater degree of independence.
Technology responds to seniors’ needs
WSU’s Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems is working on technology that will use machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence — to monitor an individual’s activities, determine what is happening and how it compares to typical behavior, and respond as needed.
The “Smart Home in a Box” includes about 30 sensors that can detect factors like movement, temperature and doors opening or closing. The system is currently being tested in 40 homes in the Seattle and Spokane areas.
Aging in a preferred environment
IndependaTV™ is an innovative technology that allows seniors to age in their choice of environment. With a simple-to-use interface, IndependaTV™ is the first technology that provides video chat, medication reminders, and messaging on a familiar television platform.
With user-friendly software known as Angela, IndependaTV™ assists seniors as they use their simple TV remote to watch favorite shows, communicate and receive medication and appointment reminders. The system also interfaces with a variety of wireless health-monitoring devices, and loved ones can check in through a convenient PC or mobile dashboard.
Promoting seniors’ quality of life
With the need for long-term care expected to skyrocket in the coming decades, seniors and their families increasingly will look to technological solutions that promote independence. IndependaTV™ provides a number of tools that work as a turnkey solution for helping seniors age in place, either at home or in a senior living community.
Reasons for aging in place
Some simply don’t want to leave their homes. Whether for the sake of convenience, comfort, familiarity or fear, they prefer to stay in the surroundings they know. Some may have friends and family nearby, and they wish to continue to see their same doctor, attend the same church and shop at the same stores.
For others, money may play a major role in the decision to age in place. Staying in a personal home even for a few months to a year longer can save on the costs of moving into a senior community setting. Remaining in a home with little or no mortgage can save money over moving, and selling a home may incur expense as well. Many will also decide to take advantage of reverse mortgage or refinancing options. The challenges of remaining in the home is likely to include the costs of remodeling to accommodate mobility challenges, property maintenance and upkeep.
Is technology the answer?
With technology advancing rapidly in recent years, many seniors and their children believe that a few well-placed gadgets can lead to successful aging in place. Solutions such as hiring a home care agency, to providing consumer technology like smartphones, tablets, computers and wearables, often seem to be the answer to allowing mom or dad to remain at home.
In practice however, some technology-based solutions often don’t work. While use of technology among seniors has grown significantly in recent years, seniors still represent the group of adults unaccustomed to and unfamiliar with technology interaction. More than 40 percent of seniors don’t use the Internet, more than half don’t have home broadband service, and nearly a quarter still don’t use cell phones, according to the Pew Research Center.
For seniors with little tech experience, computers and mobile devices present numerous challenges when they need updates, are dropped or lost, or become outdated. In the end, many simply aren’t used effectively as tools for aging in place.
Aging in place is an option for many seniors
Despite the challenges posed by current technology, some seniors still intend to remain in their homes as long as they can. With motivations including the prospect of saving money and the allure of familiar surroundings, the use of in-home care solutions provides attractive options.