Some Ways “Wearables” are Helping Seniors

Some Ways “Wearables” are Helping Seniors

Most of us think of wearables in terms of smartwatches and fitness trackers, gadgets that can help us be fitter and more efficient. But for some people, they’re far more important than that—these wearables are the difference between dependency and freedom. Wearables for seniors are fast becoming an essential way to keep them safe and healthy. There is some impressive technologically available—or on the horizon—to improve the lives of those later in life, and they are easy enough for even the most averse of technophobes to use safely and happily.

1. Keeping them safe
One of the best-known uses for wearables for seniors safely connects them to relatives or emergency services in the event of an accident, even if they’re unable to call for help themselves. UnaliWear’s KanegaWatch can detect falls and long periods of non-movement and raise the alarm. Working through voice control, the watch notices if the wearer has been immobile for a while and asks if they’re OK. If there’s no response, the device can contact designated people or the emergency services. It also records some location information so it can guide the wearer home if they get lost. The wearable even offers medication reminders at appropriate times, reading out dosage instructions if the user asks for them. Similarly, the CarePredict wearable monitors sleep, personal care and daily patterns, alerting caregivers if something seems out of the ordinary: If the wearer used the bathroom more than usual last night, for instance, or got up later than they normally do. Lively’s Safety Watch system goes a step further, using a home hub connected to a series of sensors around the home to check that medication’s been taken, meals haven’t been missed and the user is moving around as normal.

2. Keeping them nearby
To monitor seniors with conditions like dementia, a critical need can now be met through technology. The upcoming Proximity Button, invented by the daughter of a dementia caregiver, is designed to be an effective and affordable way to keep loved ones safe without intrusive tracking. Connecting to the caregiver’s phone with Bluetooth, the button simply sends an alert when the patient goes out of bounds. The Proximity Button will begin crowdfunding this summer through Indiegogo.

3. Saving them from falls
One of the biggest concerns for older people is the risk of falls. One of the more radical ways tech firms are addressing this is by developing wearable airbags that automatically deploy when a fall is detected. Products by companies like ActiveProtective and the Wolk Company are worn as belts, making them less intrusive and noticeable. Packed inside the ActiveProtective belt is a folded airbag, a fall-detection system and a gas inflation mechanism to quickly open the airbag when the wearer is falling.

4. Giving them freedom
Some of the health problems that can affect older people aren’t so easy to talk about. The Japanese manufacturer Triple W opens their Dfree website with the memorable words: “Two years ago I got sudden diarrhea and pooped my pants on the street.” While most of us would never speak of this again, in this case it led to the development of a device that claims to predict bowel movements, allowing users to plan ahead and get to a bathroom in time. Using an ultrasound wearable belted around your stomach, Dfree sends a notification to the accompanying app on your phone to let you know how much time you have. This could avoid the kind of incident that decimates older people’s confidence and makes them less willing to leave the house.

This is just a sampling of the variety of tech solutions for senior care that are now coming available—and we should expect more innovations in the years to come.




Leading Senior Care Company Offers Lower Cost, Greater Control and Consistency of Care

Novi, MI   – May 16, 2018 – Hallmark Homecare, Inc. is proud to announce its recent expansion to the Greater Southeast Michigan area.  The newest office of this rapidly-expanding Caregiver Search, Recruitment and Placement company will be directed by Carrie Akin and Tim Seipke, who has recently joined Hallmark Homecare as Franchise Partners.

Hallmark Homecare provides professional caregivers for the elderly, and is an affiliate of The Senior’s Choice, the largest and most recognizable membership network of senior care providers in the world. Founded in 1999, the company has served tens of thousands of seniors in helping them remain independent at home. A recent benchmark survey conducted by Home Care Pulse, a third party private duty home care survey company, showed that senior care business owners trained by the Hallmark Homecare executive team are consistently among the top performers in the nation when it comes to client satisfaction (scoring at or above ‘Best of Home Care’ in all 13 categories), a feat unreached by any other group nationally. Hallmark Homecare is also a member of the National Private Duty Association and the Private Care Association.

The Hallmark Homecare executive team’s years of experience in the senior care field revealed that many clients prefer to directly hire independent caregivers (rather than engage a traditional senior care agency) for a host of reasons, including significant savings. However, in doing so, clients open themselves up to great legal and tax risks. Hallmark Homecare provides American families with a one-of-a-kind solution to their senior care needs, with such benefits as:

  • Lower Cost – clients save 35% or more compared to a typical homecare agency.
  • Greater Control – clients directly determine their perfect caregiver, services and schedule.
  • Care Continuity – Hallmark never re-assigns a client’s preferred caregiver, as often happens with typical agencies, and also provides dependable caregiver backup service.
  • Stronger Client/Caregiver Bond – the Hallmark model truly allows the caregiver to become a client’s care expert.
  • Legal Compliance – unlike most registries and caregivers who promote themselves as Independent Contractors, Hallmark safeguards clients by providing professional liability insurance, arranging for worker’s compensation policies that protect both our clients and caregivers, and assisting with employment-related tax reporting.
  • 90-Day Unconditional Guarantee of Satisfaction – if within the first 90 days of service, your caregiver decides to quit or you decide to replace her for whatever reason, Hallmark will replace your caregiver for no additional fee.

“We are proud to join Hallmark Homecare in providing our community with a powerful senior care option, one in which families can legally hire quality professional caregivers directly to provide their loved ones with the in-home care that they deserve. We believe that families should have choices and not one model of care is right for all. Hallmark allows us to offer another solution to families,”  Tim Seipke.

To contact your local Hallmark Homecare office

Call 248 327 2200