Reducing Caregiver Stress

You might be surprised to learn to Smart Home technology began long before Alexa, the Nest and Ring.

Echo IV

We have to go back to 1966 to see where it all began. While none were ever sold, the Echo IV is considered to be the first smart device. Believe it or not the computer could create shopping lists, control the thermostat and turn on appliances.

But obviously the Smart Home boom didn’t begin until cell phone technology improved and devices could be controlled via apps on our phones. In fact, the world famous Consumer Electronics Show (now known only as CES) did not even have a Smart Home section until 2013.

Today, more and more products are Smart Home enabled with a huge focus on connecting to Alexa and Google Home.

But all along, Smart Home technology has served to simplify rather mundane tasks and improve home entertainment. Opening the front door without a key, seeing who is at the door without getting up or lowering the temperature and turning off lights without moving were not life-altering.

But everything changes with Caregiver Smart Solutions. Smart home technology – specifically our Peace of Mind SensorsTM that feed data to an easy-to-use app – will allow adult children to lower their stress levels as their parents Age in Place.

Think about the implication.

There are currently about 45 million who are 65-and-older and 87% of them want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as they possibly can according to AARP. These numbers will only grow as AARP suggests that the numbers of 65+ will rise to 72 million by 2030.

So while the older Baby Boomers again re-define our society with their desire to remain independent and Age in Place that creates obvious stress for their adult children. Younger Boomers, Gen Y and Millenials are already hard at work with 57 million Boomers and Millenials currently caring for an aging loved one.

No one wants cameras in their home and the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” type of eldercare technology has actually created a stigma as many call it the “Death Button.”

But sensor technology that has quickly come of age allows for non-intrusive “views” of how our loved ones are doing. Tracking their movement through the home, visits to the medicine cabinet and refrigerator, when they go outside, turn on the TV and even bathroom visits are monitored. In just seconds, we know that our loved one is doing OK.

And it gets better. Through machine learning, the app will alert us when a pattern breaks. Mom starts waking up later, is not as active, eating as much or taking her medicine. We will know. This allows us to not only ask her the right questions, but also to know if more care is needed (either us or a paid provider for their Daily Life Activities or ADLs), a doctor’s visit should be scheduled or potentially a move to Assisted Living might be on the horizon.

Most importantly, Caregiver Smart Solutions has finally allowed Smart Home technology to break through and make a real difference. After all, asking Alexa to play a song is not exactly life changing!

But giving our loved ones the chance to live their golden years at home while we can reduce the burden that places on us? Now that is a real game changer.

Caregiver Smart Solutions allows for peace of mind as our loved ones Age in Place.

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