THE SANDWICH GENERATION FINDS SOLACE IN A NEW TECHNOLOGY – QUIETCARE® –
TO CARE FOR SENIORS IN THEIR HOMES
As parents age children take on new roles, often as caregivers for both their parents and their children, and are faced with questions about how to best care for the seniors for whom they are now responsible. Roughly 10.5 million people or one-third of older people live alone, and 7-10 million adult children are caring for their parents from a distance. QuietCare® (https://www.careinnovations.com/Products/QuietCare/Default.aspx) is a life-changing system created by Living Independently Group, Inc. that provides today’s growing number of baby boomers caring for an aging relative with peace of mind and less stress. QuietCare enables aging loved ones to live safely and independently in their own homes with 24-hour monitoring.
“It is believed that seniors age quicker when they are moved out of a familiar, comfortable environment like their own home and into an assisted living or nursing home,” says George Boyajian, executive vice president, Strategy, Research and Development for Living Independently Group. “QuietCare allows seniors to ‘age in place’ in their home longer, while providing caregivers with the peace of mind that they are safe. The QuietCare system uses small wireless sensors, not cameras or microphones, to detect patterns of daily activity, while maintaining privacy. Whether a mile or ocean apart, with QuietCare family members can log on and find out how their loved one is doing, eliminating the worry and concern that comes with living remotely or traveling.”
Like an “engine warning light” that signals potential car trouble, QuietCare automatically sends online alerts to caregivers when atypical activity patterns occur that may signal potential health problems, and phone calls are made directly to caregivers in the event of potential emergencies, such as a bathroom fall, morning inactivity or extreme household temperatures. QuietCare is the only system to monitor home temperatures and automatically send alerts when they are trending too hot or cold. The system also monitors common patterns of activity such as entering/exiting the bedroom and bathroom, as well as meal preparation, medication handling and overall activity in the home.
Today’s caregivers are under tremendous stress, particularly the “Sandwich Generation” – the 44 percent of Americans with aging parents or in-laws as well as children under 21 years old. More than seven million full-time workers care for a disabled or aging relative, which has resulted in an estimated loss of $33.6 billion in employer revenue and productivity.
It is estimated that independent living continues for 90 percent of those receiving help within an hour of a fall or emergency. QuietCare complements a personal emergency response system (PERS button), as seniors often do not remember to wear or press it even when a life-threatening event such as a fall in the home has occurred. QuietCare can signal potential health problems before pressing the PERS button becomes necessary.
About Living Independently Group, Inc. and QuietCare
New York-based Living Independently Group, Inc. is the creator of QuietCare, a life-changing system that provides caregivers with peace of mind by using wireless sensors to unobtrusively track the daily patterns of seniors’ home activities. QuietCare alerts the caregiver to atypical activity patterns, as they may signal potential health problems or emergencies. QuietCare is also being used in leading assisted living centers, senior communities, and private homes nationwide and in the United Kingdom. Additional information is available at https://www.careinnovations.com/Products/QuietCare/Default.aspx or 1-866-216-4600.