Monday, April 30, 2012

Sensor Systems Allow Seniors To Stay In Home

With much of the nation's population reaching retirement age, it is important for people to consider the many living options they may have in their older years. This being said, many seniors are opting to stay in their own homes as opposed to moving into a retirement home or assisted living facility.

In order to make staying at home in the later years of life possible, some companies have created new technology to alert family and caregivers if any problems come up.  The San Francisco Gate recently wrote an article about just such a technological advance. One of these new technological devices being offered are sensor systems.  One such system, marketed by ActiveCare, was designed specifically for seniors and those suffering from chronic illness. These sensor systems are installed throughout the home and then monitored by CareCenter specialists who can respond to the user's varying needs.  These needs may include eating habits (by putting sensors on the stove, fridge, or kitchen cabinets)  and could help specialists know when residents are not getting enough to eat.  This is especially helpful with patients who have a cognitive impairment like Alzheimer's disease.  Sensors may also be placed in the bathroom or bedroom to help monitor and respond quickly to possible slip-and-fall situations.  Other devices from the same company can also help manage pill distribution and take vital signs.  The people using ActiveCare sensor systems also have a mobile device that works as a GPS to help family find the residents if they become lost or disoriented.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central Pennsylvania lawyer specializing in nursing home abuse and negligence.  For more information on his practice, please visit our website.

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