Mobile Technology to Keep Seniors Connected to Emergency Care

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By A Correspondent

As Canada’s aging population increases, we continue to see the different ways that Canadians embrace and care for their elders, and keep traditional alive all under one roof. Asian communities in Canada are especially good examples of those who show special care and respect for their elders.  

Knowing that it is important for seniors to stay living at home, and important for their children to act as care providers, Philips has announced the availability of Philips Lifeline GoSafe across Canada.  

Technology such as this extends the ability to live at home, and provides peace of mind for those caring for an aging parent or loved one – 20%-30% of Canadian seniors will experience at least one fall each year.

Philips announced its mobile medical alert service called Lifeline GoSafe. This features the power of up to six location technologies. GoSafe gives seniors the assurance to get up and go while being protected by the 24/7, Canada-based emergency call response centre which protects more seniors than any other medical alert service.  

“When seniors feel less confident, anxious or fearful, they often become less engaged and will withdraw from doing the activities they enjoy. This can increase their risk of falls and social isolation,” explains Dr. Michelle Acorn, Nurse Practitioner and Professor, Ontario, Canada. “The foundation for aging well is tied closely to maximizing function through participating in everyday activities which contribute positively to one’s physical and psychological wellbeing. It is important for seniors to remain active, mobile and socially connected. This entails getting outdoors for walks, running errands, shopping, volunteering, attending family gatherings, or participating in social groups.  Participation contributes in very meaningful ways to enable your ability to live a fulfilling and independent lifestyle.” 

Currently available at participating Lifeline programs across Canada, GoSafe’s built-in AutoAlert fall detection technology is designed to automatically call for help if it detects a fall, providing protection even if the senior is unable to call on their own. Whether the wearer experiences a fall, a health emergency, or just wants some added reassurance, GoSafe enables help to arrive quickly when and where it is needed. The GoSafe system utilizes an in-home communicator to optimize in-home performance, and the GoSafe pendant can be charged while worn, providing continuous protection for the wearer.  GoSafe’s advanced technology is delivered in an intuitive, user-friendly design that was recognized in 2014 with an iF Gold Product Award and Red Dot Product Design Award.

A large majority of seniors are active later in life: 80 per cent of seniors participate frequently (at least monthly) in at least one social activity, 36 per cent perform volunteer work and 13 per cent participate in the work force*. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations for Canadians aged 65 years and older. Approximately 20 to 30 per cent of Canadian seniors experience at least one fall each year, with falls often causing disability, loss of independence or even death*. With over 90 per cent* of seniors living in private homes, GoSafe was designed to help provide peace of mind to seniors at home or on the go. 

“At Lifeline we take pride in helping aging Canadians live independently in their homes, longer,” said David Doyle, Director for Philips Lifeline Canada. “We offer caregivers and those they care for peace of mind knowing that our response associates are there to help should they need it.  The new GoSafe offers our customers the freedom to continue doing the things they enjoy both in and outside their home.”  

Joining Lifeline with AutoAlert and the HomeSafe Wireless Communicator, GoSafe is the latest in Philips Lifeline’s suite of solutions designed to empower seniors to age safely and independently while providing their families with peace of mind. Celebrating more than 40years of delivering meaningful innovations for supporting senior safety, health and connectedness, the company is the nation’s first medical alert service and has served more than 7 million people since its inception.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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