According to the Administration on Aging (AoA) about 35% of women and 20% of men live alone. Many seniors insist on staying at home to "age in place" without always being capable of caring for themselves or staying safe. Some seniors are at a point in their lives that they don’t have family or friends nearby to assist them or to check on their well-being. Loneliness can overtake them and create physical and emotional challenges. Our staff at Ring At Home has created a list of six conditions many seniors face living alone and strategies caretakers can implement to minimize the hardship.
1. Social Isolation
Social isolation can significantly reduce a person’s lifespan. It doesn't just impact psychological wellbeing, but may also increase the risk of heart disease, illnesses, cognitive deterioration and high blood pressure. Ring At Home's services gives seniors peace of mind because they know they will be reminded of important daily tasks. By expecting timed events each day seniors can begin to feel less isolated.
Depression can be a result of being isolated and may cause lethargy, loss of appetite, fogginess and a general lack of interest in day-to-day activities. Ring At Home’s check-in services encourage seniors to pick-up the phone and acknowledge they are safe. Helping them up and out of a depressive states knowing that their family and friends network is there keep track of their health and safety.
Living alone and feeling isolated may produce anxiety for seniors without a family and friend network. Anxiety can produce insomnia, heart palpitations, nausea, depression, muscle aches and tension, and many other physical and emotional ailments. Daily check-ins, appointment and medication reminders, allow seniors to relax knowing that their friends and family are monitoring their wellbeing.
4. Lack of Help in an Emergency
Seniors who live alone are often fearful of a fall or illness. They may not know how they would notify help. Ring At Home wellness check-ins will guarantee that emergency services will be called if a call is left unanswered. Knowing there is a plan in place can help seniors enjoy each day and participate in a fully lived life.
5. Medication Overdoses
Oftentimes seniors need reminders to take medication and then forget to record it. With medication reminders services seniors can relax and know that they will be told when to take their medications. And, certain medication require taking food with them so meals will not be skipped.
Skipping or forgetting meals is one of the top challenges of seniors living alone. Ring At Home’s reminder service can ensure that seniors are reminded to eat throughout the day allowing aging-in-place seniors to remain healthy and vibrant.
Quality of life is paramount to those wishing to age in place. These unique and important services from Ring At Home can give caregivers and senior peace of mind each day. Additionally, seniors minimize the risks of living alone and can lead independent lives as they wish. Sign up now to be on the wish list when our product is available to launch.