Users who purchase and register their SafetyAnchor, login from here to monitor safety of their loved ones remotely. Also security staff at organizations such as cities and universities who register with Safety Labs remotely manage security after login.
Not always high on the radar, good health is often taken for granted. All people value maintaining mobility as they age, in times of good health as well as when faced with challenges. How can technology assist in flexibility of mobility? Does it enable travel and living in more than one location? Does an active retirement benefit from Internet of Things (IoT) solutions?
While “Aging in Place” is a common trend amongst baby boomers, “Aging in Multiple Places” is fast becoming an appealing way of getting the most out of retirement. Be it to escape from sleet and snow or merely having a peaceful and serene environment to relax in, more and more people are choosing to reside in multiple locations during their golden years.
According to a survey by Caldwell Banker, 22 percent of older baby boomers and 34 percent of younger boomers were interested in purchasing a vacation home. The snowbird population - people who move from the higher latitudes and colder climates and migrate southward in winter to warmer locales, is dominated by seniors. Today, the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of 50 and 69, very active and tend to be wealthy and well educated.
When selecting these homes away from home, many factors are taken into account. Weather, language, culture and amenities are all relevant – but for a population who prizes their wellbeing as crucial to maintaining a good quality of life, medical considerations are at the top of the list. Doctors, hospitals and insurance are all thoroughly vetted – now with Internet of Things (IoT) Medical Alert Solutions, safety and communication is mobile and available in every locale with IoT Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) that are ultra light and ready to travel.
New technology is now available to address some of the issues presented by travelling with the health considerations that can accompany advanced age. Gail, a vibrant and active 65-year-old Canadian, illustrates the benefits of IoT Medical Alert in maintaining freedom of movement when faced with health challenges.
Gail and her husband’s primary residence is their family home of 35 years in Kingston, Ontario. They spend their winters in Florida and their summers at a cottage on a nearby lake. With their three adult children and seven grandchildren living a few hours away, the families visit one another frequently,
All told, they spend more time away than at home.
This free and easy lifestyle was threatened when Gail had a sudden health issue. She suffered a mild stroke, during which she was thankfully able to call 911. Following her full recovery, she and her family saw the value in a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS). A solution that could travel with her, keep her mobile and provide her and her family with peace of mind.
Prior to IoT Medical Alert Solutions, the users of systems based on Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS), which connected to a phone line, were limited in their movement. Over time, solutions with built in cell phone GPS were offered to address the hampered mobility. Unfortunately, the technology was bulky and did not work well within the home, thus additional in home units were required. Users were faced with irritants such as limited battery life and the daily chore of constantly recharging the units. Cost and size were also affected; a hefty bill accompanied a larger cumbersome base and PERS and costs for the dual units soared up to $70 a month.
An Ottawa based company has overcome these issues with IoT Medical Alert alternatives. With a Smartphone connecting to the unit, Safety Labs, efficiently uses existing resources. Instead of integrating the phone into the SafetyAnchor PERS pendant itself, they cleverly engage the user’s Smartphone. Multi-functionality is provided by apps on the connected Smartphone, bringing safety at both a significantly lower cost as well as a low rate of power consumption. With no need to carry another chargeable device, the PERS battery lasts over a year, no charging required.
Undeniably, a base station reduces mobility; this is where the flexibility and versatility of IoT Medical Alert comes into play. Overcoming this limitation, IoT brings flexibility of mobility to its users as wherever you can use a Smartphone you can use an IoT PERS. IoT offerings are reshaping what an active retirement looks like, as more are developed and brought to market the golden years are benefiting from IoT solutions.