When Is it Time to Get Medical Alert Protection?

Ann had raised seven children, helped her husband of 51 years plant multiple churches, was known for her world-class casseroles but was having trouble remembering if she’d made lunch today. Her husband was frustrated, but there were bigger concerns.  Ann was also having trouble remembering if she’d left the stove on, needed a coat to go outside or taken her medicine. Ann couldn’t safely care for herself without supervision, and with her husband’s failing health, they needed outside assistance to stay in their home.

Medical Alert Protection Is on the Rise

With the rise of artificial intelligence, seniors and their concerned children have options that were science fiction even a decade ago. Fall detection watches worn by your loved one can be linked to your phone, keeping you informed of how they are doing, keeping them safe, and allowing them freedom and a fuller life despite what would otherwise be limiting health and safety concerns. According to studies, 90% of seniors prefer to stay in their homes, and with a variety of systems, it’s important to weigh the right factors. 

What to Look for in Your System:

  1. Complete Package

Having a system that covers every area of need is essential. Door alarms, bed sensors, and in-home motion detectors can turn your loved one’s residence into a safer place that they can stay in longer. You and your loved one can set it up to meet their needs, and it can be tweaked as their situation changes. 

  1. Affordable

High-quality sensors and monitoring is now realistic and attainable. For less then a trip to the Urgent Care, a UTI sensor can monitor and alert seniors and their loved ones instantly of infections. In the home, monitors can be hooked up or existing security systems, and pre-programmed dashboards can analyze data and sense concerns. 

  1. Easy-to Use

The ideal system also needs to be user-friendly and simple with a minimal number of buttons to worry about. Finally, it needs to be low-maintenance so once it’s installed; you and your loved one can get back to what’s important.

  1. Cell Service over Wi-Fi

If your medical alert system is connected to a cell signal, you can easily check on your loved one when they leave the house. If they get lost or need help, you can see their coordinates right in your phone app and easily send help. 

  1. Grows with the Medical Needs of the Patient

Eventually, Anne’s husband passed away of cancer, and her own condition digressed. She was able to live with her son and daughter-in-law, but her safety and health were a constant stress point. Her daughter-in-law once commented that getting Anne to eat was challenging. “She just eats Teddy Grahams all day,” she said. “But at least she’s eating! They were in survival mode. If it worked, it was enough.  There comes a point where just fall detection and door sensors are not enough, and seniors need medical monitoring. Sadly, this is where many seniors lose their independence and have to enter nursing homes. However, this is where non-intrusive medical monitoring comes in. It allows seniors to age in place, in their own houses and surrounded by the people they love.

Technology like a watch sensor that monitors heart rate - sensing spikes and potential strokes, UTI sensors in the toilet and a monitoring system that analyzes would-be health risks are all vital to keeping seniors where they want to be longer. What would have been the equivalent of a live-in nurse a few years ago, now allows seniors to have their vitals checked by staff instantly simply by a device worn on their wrist. 

This is why Zanthion has developed a system for seniors that will help their families and caretakers ensure their safety, monitor their symptoms and allow them to stay active longer. Complete and user-friendly, the Zanthion system will adjust to individual needs, help caretakers perform better, and allow seniors and to live fuller and richer lives in their homes and close to the people they care about.

 

A Better Life Now and in the Future

Quality of Life for Everyone

A Better Life Now and in the Future

There is a higher burden that is very challenging for low income families taking care  the elderly.

Without the financial resources to support elderly parents in an assisted living community or in home care, adult children are forced to either live with or close by a parent. In their care, there is a constant threat of an elderly parent having an event that might affect their health or safety. What if they are not there to help them?  They might fall in the middle of the night or wander into the neighborhood and get hurt or miss an appointment. Family, friends, and neighbors often help when caregivers are not available due to work or other commitments.  There is a community burden that is sometimes unmet?

One of the most threatening events for the elderly are injuries due to falls.

The Zanthion SMART Senior Home Care System is an extremely low cost, high value, solution for monitoring your parents or loved ones.  Our platform is an end-to-end service that uses sensors to securely collect the data (we never transport sensor data with personal data), and applications that communicate to multiple stakeholders such as family, friends, and neighbors. As America’s elderly population growth accelerates exponentially, remediating the impact of falls, bed sores/sepsis, etc., has significant ethical and financial impact.

With Zanthion setup time is a snap.  You can easily monitor your parents activity and there is a fall event, you can have multiple people notified via sms text, email, and a smart phone application.

We have a very high accuracy rate and minimize false positives or a false negative where someone falls and the system is not aware.  Any person in your  “community” can respond to an event and the application notifies everyone so there is coordination and communication.  Emergency services can also be requested via the app or via the attractive jewelry we provide with built in sensors.

Some shocking numbers

  • $30 billion is spent annually on healthcare related to falls. Medicare costs alone for hip fractures as a result of falls is projected to be 240 billion dollars by 2040.
  • The average cost of a fall injury was $19,440 (including hospital, nursing home, emergency room and home health care, but not physician services).
  • The Elder Fall Prevention Act has been passed by Congress for the development of effective public education, expansion of services and research on best practices.
  • About one third of the elder population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.
  • As alarming as they are, these documented statistics fall short of the actual number since many incidents are unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers.
  • Frequent falling. Those who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again.
  • About half (53%) of the older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall with in six months.

Fall Prevention

Some people think that the best thing to do if you’ve fallen, or if you’re afraid of falling, is to be less active. Why take the chance of falling again, right?  Research shows that seniors who are less active are more likely to fall, they lack the strength and balance and they need to resist falls.  This is why healthcare professionals recommend starting a regular exercise routine of any kind – even if you start by taking only a few steps every day.

Trazer Anticipated Costs of Senior Falls 2020 by http://www.trazer.com/applications/senior-health/
  • Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls.
  • Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions 40% of those admitted do not return to independent living; 25% die within a year.
  • Many falls do not result in injuries, yet a large percentage of non-injured fallers (47%) cannot get up without assistance.
  • For the elderly who fall and are unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile often affects their health outcome. Muscle cell breakdown starts to occur within 30-60 minutes of compression due to falling. Dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia, and pneumonia are other complications that may result.
  • Getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80% and increases the likelihood of a return to independent living.Up to 40% of people who have a stroke have a serious fall within the next year.

IoT: The Burden of Elderly Care and Falls for Low Income Families

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The Burden of Elderly Care and Falls for Low Income Families

There is a higher burden that is very challenging for low income families taking care  the elderly.

Without the financial resources to support elderly parents in an assisted living community or in home care, adult children are forced to either live with or close by a parent. In their care, there is a constant threat of an elderly parent having an event that might affect their health or safety. What if they are not there to help them?  They might fall in the middle of the night or wander into the neighborhood and get hurt or miss an appointment. Family, friends, and neighbors often help when caregivers are not available due to work or other commitments.  There is a community burden that is sometimes unmet?

One of the most threatening events for the elderly are injuries due to falls.

The Zanthion SMART Senior Home Care System is an extremely low cost, high value, solution for monitoring your parents or loved ones.  Our platform is an end-to-end service that uses sensors to securely collect the data (we never transport sensor data with personal data), and applications that communicate to multiple stakeholders such as family, friends, and neighbors. As America’s elderly population growth accelerates exponentially, remediating the impact of falls, bed sores/sepsis, etc., has significant ethical and financial impact.

With Zanthion setup time is a snap.  You can easily monitor your parents activity and there is a fall event, you can have multiple people notified via sms text, email, and a smart phone application.

We have a very high accuracy rate and minimize false positives or a false negative where someone falls and the system is not aware.  Any person in your  “community” can respond to an event and the application notifies everyone so there is coordination and communication.  Emergency services can also be requested via the app or via the attractive jewelry we provide with built in sensors.

Some shocking numbers

  • $30 billion is spent annually on healthcare related to falls. Medicare costs alone for hip fractures as a result of falls is projected to be 240 billion dollars by 2040.
  • The average cost of a fall injury was $19,440 (including hospital, nursing home, emergency room and home health care, but not physician services).
  • The Elder Fall Prevention Act has been passed by Congress for the development of effective public education, expansion of services and research on best practices.
  • About one third of the elder population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.
  • As alarming as they are, these documented statistics fall short of the actual number since many incidents are unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers.
  • Frequent falling. Those who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again.
  • About half (53%) of the older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall with in six months.

Fall Prevention

Some people think that the best thing to do if you’ve fallen, or if you’re afraid of falling, is to be less active. Why take the chance of falling again, right?  Research shows that seniors who are less active are more likely to fall, they lack the strength and balance and they need to resist falls.  This is why healthcare professionals recommend starting a regular exercise routine of any kind – even if you start by taking only a few steps every day.

Trazer Anticipated Costs of Senior Falls 2020 by http://www.trazer.com/applications/senior-health/
  • Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls.
  • Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions 40% of those admitted do not return to independent living; 25% die within a year.
  • Many falls do not result in injuries, yet a large percentage of non-injured fallers (47%) cannot get up without assistance.
  • For the elderly who fall and are unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile often affects their health outcome. Muscle cell breakdown starts to occur within 30-60 minutes of compression due to falling. Dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia, and pneumonia are other complications that may result.
  • Getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80% and increases the likelihood of a return to independent living.Up to 40% of people who have a stroke have a serious fall within the next year.

Current Fall Prevention and Fall Detection is not having the Intended Consequence

Quality of Life for Everyone

The rate of deaths from falls among persons aged ≥65 years increased 31% from 2007 to 20161

Clearly the methodologies we are using to lower the risks of death due to falling are not working.  There can be many factors that might be affecting the critical nature of a fall; one of which may be an increasing obese population.  

What methodologies are we currently using to mitigate the disastrous effects of falls on our seniors and society and how might we improve them?  One would have thought that with modern automated fall detection there would have been an improvement in the statistical data surrounding falls. In fact, there is a marked disimprovement.  There can be many reasons for more falls resulting in deaths in both at aging in place and in aging communities even with an increase in the use of technology. The following are potential reasons:

  1. Responses to falls has disimproved
  2. Automated fall detection does not work
  3. Automated fall detection has too many false positives
  4. Push button systems are not used
  5. Response times are insufficient
  6. Post fall responses are not helping
  7. Wearable fall detection equipment is not worn
  8. More risks are taken when equipment is present (false sense of security)
  9. Fall detection equipment is not working
  10. Lack of fall detection equipment
  11. Will not wear fall detection equipment
  12. Falls are happening in places where the equipment isn’t worn or  not working (showers)
  13. Responses to falls are poor
  14. There is no market saturation of fall notification equipment
  15. There are no good alternatives to prevent damage when someone does fall

No fall at all, is by far the best solution to the epidemic of falls in America.  Following no fall at all, preventing damage when a senior does fall is the next best thing.  Last on the list is effective fall response and damage mitigation. Prioritizing how we help our seniors is critical in order to be effective.  We must do the following in order of execution.

  1. Prevent damage when there is a fall
  2. Maximize effectiveness of the response and repair
  3. Build environments and lifestyles where there is no fall at all

Damage Prevention

No matter how well we secure our environment, falls will occur.  Our goal is to prevent catastrophic damage while respecting the dignity of our seniors.    Damage prevention relies on understanding the mechanics of the most damaging falls.

In general, fractures are the most common serious injury resulting from falls in older persons. Specifically, fractures of the hip, wrist, humerus, and pelvis in this age group result from the combined effects of falls, osteoporosis, and other factors that increase susceptibility to injury.2

The vast majority of serious injuries  in seniors are impact injuries causing breaks or hematomas.  Impact injuries are caused by peak forces.3  Peak force is dependent on the distribution of the force over an area and on the distribution of that force during impact.  Stylish clothing that distributes the force of impact over a larger area significantly reduces breaks and hematomas.   Companies like Zanthion are perfecting this technology by retrofitting clothes with unobservable comfortable elastomeric impact materials into the knees, coccyx, and hip locations.  You can help the industry design clothing to meet your needs by filling out the protective clothing questionnaire.

Effective Response and Repair

The evidence is in and 31% more seniors died from falls than in 2007.  This means we have to improve our response and resolution processes for falls.  In all situations, time to repair is critical for so many reasons. Blood loss, blood  flow and fear play a huge role in falls. The number one priority in a fall is immediate diagnosis and attention.  This is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Our nation does not have enough personnel and resources to handle the current fall volume meaning the time to resolution on falls has increased over the last 11 years to 30 minutes on average.  30 minutes is an immense amount of time to be lying on a shower floor with a serious break.

The very first thing we must do is recognize falls when they happen and deliver community services to them as soon as possible.  Current methodologies for recognizing falls simply are not working. The question is why? And the answer is, “They are not comprehensive and they are invasive.”  

What is Comprehensive?

Comprehensive means that we as users do not, and should not, have to understand nor take action in order for the recognition of a fall event to occur.  Many vendors claim this but it is simply untrue. It is untrue because they are relying on a single form factor to deliver results. Pendants, wristbands, motion detectors, and cameras all suffer from the same issue, they are not comprehensive.  Wearables can and are taken off. Cameras are affected by light. Motion detectors have a range and location. The solution to comprehensive fall detection is not in a single application but in an array of applications that cover a person and their location without their knowledge and without them taking special actions.  There must be multiple motion detectors (one in the shower), multiple cameras, multiple wearable sensors built into the clothes they choose to wear. Wearable sensors must be part of their clothing and lifestyle not something separate that is put on or worn in order to achieve fall notifications or calls for help. You can help choose the design direction taken for  wearable sensors by filling out this small survey.

Notification

Notifying people that seniors do not know and feel uncomfortable with is not always the best path to success.  Not everyone is interested in a stranger entering their life and helping them out. Many seniors have learned that a call for help equates to a thousand dollar ambulance ride and hospital visit for no reason.  For this reason it is critical to bring the familiar, or at the very least, the neighborhood into a cooperative service if possible. We will soon be at the point where government services are stretched to capacity when trying to deal with falls in the senior population.  Creating a multi level notification and resolution process resolves three major issues in our demographic shift by:

  1. Moving the potential help closer to the senior improving time to resolution
  2. Bringing familiarity to the senior and the empathy that comes with that
  3. Lowering the cost of resolution on non-critical events

Information is critical for rapid successful diagnosis and the establishment of proper protocols by medical staff.  Every fall event deserves to be surveyed based on standard established criteria such as this fall assessment.  

No Fall At All

If we are to prevent  falls from happening both the seniors and the environment will need to be monitored and repaired in real time.  Such things are cracked sidewalks, curled carpet corners, and wet surfaces would need to be removed from our environment.  This is a lofty, highly expensive impractical goal because of environmental diversity. A practical goal is to monitor seniors and prescribe protocols to maximize their health and minimize disasters.  Better than prescribing protocols is to build into our society an active lifestyle that provides value to them and our society. All facets of our society are benefiting from preventative maintenance; aging aircraft in our airlines,  supply chains, and manufacturing. In all cases real time data is collected and analyzed with scheduled, understood, frequent preventative maintenance cycles. The first step towards qualified preventative maintenance is scheduled and real time assessment based on monitored data.  Whenever the topic of real time monitoring comes up there is inevitably the roar of privacy. It astounds me personally that people feel privacy is a major issue or that technically the issue cannot be dealt with appropriately in our 65+ population when contrasted with the cost of a fall.  Falls on average, when individuals are admitted into a hospitals, cost $36,000.4  

Technical Capabilities

Technically we are well positioned to record human performance data, analyze it in real time for behavioral patterns, and recommend maintenance and improvements to lifestyle.  Zanthion currently has real time data collection and analysis environmental and wearable sensors.  Their sensors collect greater than 22 messages per second of anonymized data on gate, activity, location, heart rate, pulse, falls, and degradation in performance.  Analytics are run in real time on gateways near the person or on their phones producing activity analysis and stream events to crowdsourced family, friends, staff, or doctors depending on the person’s desire.

User Experience

User experience, or lack of experience, is a critical element of fall prevention.  We grow old in the same environments that we grew up in without modification to hall width, shower entry, chair height, toilet height, or sharp corners.  Environmental factors are a critical element in senior health. We are sorely lacking in solution based companies that are inexpensive one stop shops that modify a seniors environment to be stylish and safe.   It is incredibly important that sensors are not something that is purposefully worn or added to an environment requiring maintenance. They must be a part of daily life without a recognition as their existence or need for seniors to change behavior.  Accomplishing this requires that we integrate technology with our clothes and environment.

What is currently missing from all systems is the social integration, habit modification,  and activity recommendation functions that modify and improve the seniors lifestyle so that they do not fall or when they do fall they do not suffer from a catastrophic injury.

Measurement and Data

You won’t find a single scientific community today that does not realize that the better the data the better your results.  In the case of fall prevention and damage mitigation that means real time data and assessment. Real time data is not enough, there must be processes in place to ensure that our resolutions are measured and made more effective over time.  This means measuring response times and correlating the response times, post fall assessments, and the process improvements with results. As in all things, there are no magic bullets, but we can certainly do much better than we have been doing.   Here is how:

  1. Encourage solutions for environment modification to ensure safety
  2. Build measurement into our everyday lives
  3. Use the community to augment emergency services
  4. Measure the effectiveness of our responses and our solutions
  5. Respect the privacy and needs of the seniors being provided the service

 


1“Deaths from Falls Among Persons Aged ≥65 Years — United … – CDC.” 11 May. 2018, https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6718a1.htm. Accessed 12 May. 2018.

2 “Falls in Older Persons: Risk Factors and Prevention – The … – NCBI – NIH.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK235613/. Accessed 12 May. 2018.

3“9146804 – NCBI.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9146804. Accessed 12 May. 2018.

4 “ARTICLE: Falls Cost U.S. Hospitals $34 billion in Direct Medical Costs ….” 22 Apr. 2015, https://www.johnshopkinssolutions.com/newsletters/falls-cost-u-s-hospitals-30-billion-in-direct-medical-costs/. Accessed 12 May. 2018.

Zanthion helped Hillside Haven become a SMART Community

Hillside Haven Retirement Residence

A five-part series on how Zanthion enhanced the lives of our residents by improving their Safety, Mental health, Activity, Rest and Togetherness.

Michael Gestetner

Director

Hillside Haven Retirement Residence

Of all the many people that inquire about, tour and move into Hillside Haven, most have one major concern – safety. The concerned party can be the senior themselves, loved ones, a health care provider or most commonly a combination of them. The concern usually stems from the fact that with age comes an increase in medical issues.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 90% of seniors in a 30-day period have been on at least one prescription drug to treat a medical issue, more than 65% on three or more. Along with increased medical issues, seniors are also much more susceptible to sudden medical events that require immediate action. These events can be caused by illness or disease, but ironically are often caused by adverse reactions or side effects to their medications.

At Hillside Haven, safety is the number one concern. Residents and their loved ones rest assured knowing that full time professional staff are always on hand to ensure their safety and respond immediately to emergencies. With Zanthion, Hillside Haven staff members get immediate and automatic notification of emergencies delivered directly to them, shaving precious minutes off their response time which can be all the difference. Studies show that the quicker the response, the greater the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

The Zanthion system also has two unique tracking features. It can track residents’ daily activity levels and staff response times. Tracking daily activity gives staff a unique insight that can help them proactively respond to health issues that are hinted to in sudden declines or changes in activity. Tracking staff response times assures residents and their loved ones that in an emergency, help will be provided immediately.  

Three ways Zanthion allows Hillside Haven Retirement Residence to ensure resident safety:

  1. Zanthion alerts staff to falls and other emergencies that occur in and around the building.
  2. Staff response time tracking ensures that staff are always lightning quick in their responses. Quicker responses mean better outcomes.
  3. Resident activity tracking provides added insight into potential health issues, allowing staff to pick up and respond to problems early.

Hillside Haven is proud to be a SMART community.

How Caregiver Apps Are Improving Senior Communities

As a caregiver, responding to every emergency or situation around your assisted living community can easily become overwhelming and stressful. Fortunately, as technology has evolved over recent years, there are now several apps designed to support caregivers, making senior living much more manageable for those overseeing and tending to the needs of the community. Throughout this post, we will take a look at the many useful features that the Internet of Things has provided caregivers who look after seniors in communities throughout the country.

Zanthion is an all-inclusive medical alert system offering an extensive list of features which are unmatched by our competitors. When assisted living communities are looking for a senior monitoring system loaded with features like passive patient monitoring or live fall detection, they choose Zanthion. Our proven medical alert app has been used for both senior community living, as well as independent elderly living for those who seek independence from the comfort of their own home. To learn how Zanthion and other senior monitoring systems have helped communities around the country, continue reading more below.

Senior Fall Detection

While conventional elderly monitoring devices were only equipped with the most basic technology to alert first responders of an emergency, modern medical alert apps have now been designed to send push notifications directly to a user’s smartphone or smart device the moment something goes wrong. Traditional senior monitoring systems were only equipped with a single button that could be pressed by an elderly individual during a crisis. However, new smart senior monitoring devices can now inform family members or senior care staff exactly when the person in question fell, how long it took for emergency services to respond, and who responded to the emergency. These new technologies help streamline and refine emergency responses by improving both response time and quality for a higher level of monitored care.

Smart Senior Monitoring

There are many instances where elderly individuals would rather live independently in the comfort of their own home, without requiring the care that many seniors receive in assisted living communities. While this would normally not be possible for seniors in the past, the recent development of elderly monitoring devices has allowed individuals to maintain a normal daily schedule in their own home without being required to relocate to a senior living community.

Thanks to cutting-edge medical alert apps, such as Zanthion’s all-inclusive medical alert system, family members or caregivers can now monitor the slightest discrepancies in a senior’s day-to-day activities. Using smart monitoring sensors to detect unusual activity, Zanthion’s sensors are capable of detecting light and motion, temperature fluctuations, and other real-time variables that could suggest that an elderly individual may require assistance. Since data is passively collected throughout the day, users can easily view quantifiable graphs and charts to assess how the senior in question is doing. Some medical alert apps can even predict when assistance is required, giving modern senior monitoring systems a significant advantage over their traditional counterparts.

State-of-the-Art Monitoring Devices

It is human nature to be resistant to change, especially as you progress in age. While some seniors may not want to accept that they could require assisted care at some point, it is a real possibility that should be taken into account. Conventional elderly monitoring devices stand out when worn, which many don’t like. In fact, some elderly people find that wearing a medical alert device is embarrassing. While there is nothing embarrassing about requiring assistance if an emergency arises, some users prefer discreet devices that don’t look like the white plastic pendants you see on infomercials.

Luckily, new medical alert pendants look as stylish as they do inconspicuous. Many medical alert necklaces can now be worn with normal clothing while looking like a fashionable accessory, making it easy for seniors to be monitored if something were to go wrong.

The features listed above are just a few reasons why the latest senior monitoring systems are essential for running a smoother and more efficient assisted living community. Not only do modern elderly monitoring devices help caregivers respond to emergencies in a timely manner, they also improve the quality of life for seniors who require care. To request more information on Zanthion’s all-inclusive medical alert system, or to view pricing for any of our products, visit our website today.

How Technology Helps Our Residents Sleep Better

Hillside Haven Retirement Residence

How Technology Helps Our Residents Sleep Better

By Michael Gestetner, Director, Hillside Haven Retirement Residence

According to the National Sleep Foundation, seniors need the same amount of sleep as young and middle-aged adults. Unfortunately, many seniors have difficulties with sleep, struggling to fall asleep or remain sleeping long enough to satisfy their needs. There can be many causes, including medication influences or changes to their sleep architecture–the overall makeup of sleep rhythms. Lack of proper sleep can adversely affect a senior’s happiness, appetite and health.

Knowing all of this, at Hillside Haven we take rest very seriously. We ensure that the environment of the building is conducive to it between 8 pm and 8 am by turning common TVs low, avoiding congregation in common areas near suites and by not doing noisy activities that may disturb those that are asleep. There was one thing that we did in the past that wasn’t conducive to proper resident sleep but truly had no choice in the matter. This was our nightly wellbeing checks.

Wellbeing checks are exactly what they sound like. A staff member peeks into a suite to ensure that a resident is OK. They are usually done in the middle of the night on a regular basis for specific residents, although it can also be done for those that aren’t feeling well or upon a family’s request. Although the staff member is as quiet as possible, due to the changes in their sleep architecture, the simple act of opening the door and letting light in can easily disturb the resident’s sleep.

This necessary evil was unavoidable, then along came Zanthion — a 21st century medical alert system that uses IoT to build SMART Communities: those that improve Safety, Mental/physical health, Activity, Rest and Togetherness.

Now that we have a Zanthion system we no longer have a need for most wellbeing checks, especially those disturbing ones in middle of the night. Our staff are automatically alerted to incidents such as a resident falling out of bed, or inattentive wandering. They can now take decisive and immediate action to emergencies without interrupting our residents’ precious sleep.

This has had an immediate effect on the environment of our home. The chain-effect of proper sleep leads to happier residents which in turn makes it easier on staff, who then become happier themselves. This cycle has drastically improved life at Hillside Haven for our residents, their families and our staff.

The three ways Zanthion improved our resident’s rest and sleep are:

  1. Having a system that automatically detects emergencies eliminated the need for disturbing nighttime wellbeing checks
  2. Immediately responding to a sleepwalking resident prevents the possibility of them disturbing others
  3. Residents (and their families) can sleep easily knowing that staff will be instantaneously alerted in the case of an emergency

We are proud to be a SMART Community.

Passive Patient Monitoring vs. Traditional Medical Alert Systems

Thanks to advancements in technology, medical alert systems are now packed full of features that were previously unavailable to consumers. Traditional patient monitoring devices were limited in their capabilities of monitoring the elderly, and only allowed elderly individuals to alert for help if something went wrong. However, modern medical alert systems now allow continuous monitoring through new passive technology for improved response times and quality of care. Throughout this article, we’ll discuss how Zanthion’s cutting-edge senior monitoring system provides users with minute-by-minute updates to offer peace of mind and the highest level of monitored care possible for your satisfaction.

If your loved one would like to experience an unmatched level of care while remaining independent in their daily life, contact Zanthion today. We’ve helped families and senior communities all over the country improve their quality of care for senior citizens so that they may continue to live a normal life without requiring in-house assistance. Read more below to see why Zanthion’s senior monitoring system is right for you.

Continuous Notifications

One of the most useful features Zanthion’s elderly monitoring system provides users is continuous push notifications which are sent to both phones and tablets. Users can easily monitor response times, fall alerts, number of falls, and so much more with our conveniently aggregated patient data. Zanthion’s instantaneous alerts make monitoring senior citizens easy and stress free.

Sensors for Senior Fall Detection

While traditional senior fall detection technology provided just a mere button that could be pressed if something were to go wrong, Zanthion’s senior monitoring systems integrate the latest in passive sensor technology to alert users of the slightest discrepancies. With Zanthion’s state-of-the-art monitoring sensors, users will be alerted when windows are opened, lights are turned on and off, and temperatures are changed. Thanks to Zanthion’s automated senior fall detection, users can also monitor every slip or fall to ensure the utmost in safety for elderly patients or family members.

Community Notifications

One of Zanthion’s many unique features is its ability to connect your loved one’s neighbors and physicians to Zanthion’s senior monitoring system. With your permission, doctors and neighbors can also receive fall alerts straight to their phone so that your elderly family member receives a quick emergency response and the quality of care they deserve. This feature is especially useful if you plan on traveling and can’t be there for your loved one. With Zanthion, you can rest assured that your family member will receive prompt and responsive care while you are away.

If you are considering using senior monitoring software for elderly patients or family members, view all that Zanthion’s monitoring system has to offer. It has never been easier to monitor the wellbeing of elderly individuals, and with Zanthion, we provide all the relevant info you will need to ensure that your loved one has a team of highly trained individuals to respond in a timely manner to any emergencies that may arise. Visit our website to learn more or to purchase your Zanthion system today.

Passive Patient Monitoring with Medical Alert Systems

Modernizing Medical Alert Systems

Medical alert systems were initially created as a means to offer independence to elderly individuals while providing a level of safety and comfort to families and loved ones. Older medical alert systems possess limited capabilities, and rarely document what actually happened to the individual requiring assistance. With the emergence of new technologies, it is now possible to monitor the activities of your loved one in real time right from your tablet or smartphone. By adapting conventional methods of monitoring your family member’s activities, we’ve made it incredibly beneficial for both you and your elderly family member to implement a medical alert system into your daily lives.

In combining the limitless possibilities of modern-day technology with the functionality of traditional medical alert systems, Zanthion’s software is an essential tool for families looking to monitor and maintain the wellbeing of their loved ones. Below, we’ll outline a few of the countless reasons as to why Zanthion is the perfect medical alert software for your monitoring needs. By choosing our cutting-edge medical alert system, you can be confident that you’re receiving the safety and peace of mind your family deserves.

Passive Patient Monitoring with Sensors

Our flagship medical alert system utilizes passive remote patient monitoring sensors so that you can easily monitor your elderly family member for any unexpected falls or unusual activities. Our sensors can be placed around your family member’s home, so that you can track when your loved one is getting out of bed, when a window is opened or closed, when your family member has fallen over, and much more. Our sensors are both motion and light activated so that only the most precise data is collected for accurate viewing each time.

Benefits of Passive Patient Monitoring Sensors

  • Live updates frequently throughout the day
  • Automatic detection when a loved one falls
  • Light and motion sensitive sensors for ensured accuracy
  • Unusual activity alerts sent straight to you
  • Reduction in rate of hospitalization

Refining Medical Alert Systems

Thanks to years of research and development in designing it, with our state-of-the-art medical alert system you can now easily monitor your elderly family members from the comfort of your own home. If, for some reason, your complications or sudden accidents arise, Zanthion’s system will notify you as soon as they happen. Zanthion is designed to send personal notifications to your mobile device or tablet instantly, giving you live status updates of your loved one’s activities.

Unlike other medical alert systems, Zanthion compiles and organizes all the vital data you need to ensure the best care for your loved one. We provide users with critical information like how many times your family member has asked for assistance, how often they’ve fallen throughout the day, how active they are day-to-day, and much more. Aggregated data of your family member’s daily activities can be viewed with our easy-to-use app, which displays data in visually rich infographics.

Benefits of Zanthion

  • Easy-to-use features
  • User updates in real time
  • Rich visuals of aggregated data
  • Provides elderly with safety in their own home
  • Nurse calling system for emergency situations

Individual and Community Plans

Zanthion is not only perfect for individuals wishing to monitor their loved one’s health, it’s also a comprehensive solution for senior communities as well. Assisted living facilities often comment on how easy they can monitor large groups of individuals at one time with Zanthion. Our intuitive app allows users to group elderly individuals by neighborhood, room number, and much more, making it easier to view data of multiple individuals throughout different locations. After you’ve grouped users into categories, you can analyze useful information like the total amount of falls, average response time, and average resolution time for all your collective groups. It’s never been easier to monitor large groups and individuals alike to provide a safer community and sense of well-being.

See Why Zanthion Will Work for You

With Zanthion, there’s a plan that will fit the needs of all individuals as well as assisted living centers and communities. If you’re searching for a medical alert system that doesn’t compromise on the most important data and constant monitoring of your loved one, choose Zanthion as your all-inclusive medical alert system. We’ve made it easier than ever for family members to experience the peace of mind knowing that they’re loved one can be both safe and comfortable in their own home, and offer the quickest notification and live update system available.

If you’d like to experience how easy it is to receive live updates and real-time alerts of your loved one, visit our homepage today. We offer leading technology from our passive patient monitoring sensors, so that you’ll never have to worry again about the status of your elderly family member. To get started today, simply click the “order your free system” button located on our homepage!