Aging In Our World
It is estimated that between 2012 and 2050 the proportion of individuals 65 years and older will nearly double.
Consumer Product Safety Council Statistics show that after the age of 65 as many as six out ten elderly will need to visit a hospital emergency room, 30% of those visits as the result of a fall in or around the home. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 50% of older adults hospitalized with a hip fracture are unable to return home or live independently again.
45% of all household accidents resulting in serious injuries take place in the bathroom, 20% occur in the kitchen. (Consumer Safety Council). Subscribers of Personal Emergency Response Systems, have fewer hospital admission and shorter stays after they subscribe. This allows them to live independently longer. (study by The New England Journal of Medicine)
Data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that 20% of falls occur between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., a timeframe which makes it likely that the fall occurred while going to use the restroom in the middle of the night.
The mortality rate is 5 times higher for people who lay incapacitated for 12 hours versus those that get immediate help. (study by The New England Journal of Medicine)
Over 60% of prescribed medication in the U.S. is not taken as directed. (American Medical Association) 25% of all hospital and nursing home admissions by seniors (persons 65 years of age or older) each year is due to their failure to take their prescription medications as directed (American Medical Association). Failure to properly take prescribed medication is the number one reason for hospital readmissions. (American Medical Association).
VIDAPOINT provides up to 4 separate configurable repeating voice reminders to take medication at various times of the day. The option to acknowledge the reminder provides carers with peace of mind and will inform them if acknowledgment has not taken place.