As the country faces a possible COVID-19 second wave, people are being urged to consider using assistive technology to keep in contact with their elderly loved ones
Our survey reveals that over a third of adults in the UK have a parent who lives alone. The research, published by CPR Guardian Personal Alarm watch and monitoring app, also revealed that almost a quarter (23%) of people revealed they would invest in technology if it meant their parents could be kept safe in their own homes.
COVID-19 Second Wave: How Can CPR Guardian Help?
With the possibility of a second wave, keeping an eye on the elderly and vulnerable loved ones will become significantly more challenging, and people are being urged to consider assistive technology solutions to replace actual physical contact.
Chelsea Davies, from CPR Guardian, said: “In our experience of working across the UK with vulnerable populations and the emergency services, smartwatches like ours can be real life-savers in terms of keeping in touch with loved ones remotely and keeping them safe.
“In these extraordinary times of Coronavirus, when we know that the emergency services are going to be stretched, we would urge people to consider smart technologies to help give themselves peace of mind and to avoid unnecessary contact which could result in transmitting the virus to vulnerable people. It may also be that assistive technology can form part of your contingency plan in case you become ill.”
For those who are worried about family members or other members of the community during the Coronavirus outbreak, the advice of charity Carers UK is as follows:
Create an emergency plan which includes the contact details of the person (or people) you are looking after; who that person would like to be contacted by in an emergency; and any medication that person is taking and any ongoing medical needs;
- Think about alternative ways of getting their shopping and repeat prescriptions delivered;
- Involve other people in the planning, whether that is family or professionals;
- Check with your local carers’ organisation if a local ‘care card’ scheme operates;
- Look into assistive technology options, like the CPR Guardian, which can alert you to any problems and help give you peace of mind.
The CPR Guardian personal alarm watch is a discreet watch with a built-in emergency alert button, a heart rate monitor, a mobile phone and GPS tracking with Geo-Zone alerts which allow you to monitor your loved one’s movements.
Designed with dementia sufferers, and other vulnerable people in mind, it is easily programmable out of the box and communicates directly with a loved one’s
mobile phone by using a simple app.
Chelsea Davies continued: “The other concern at times like these is that older and more vulnerable people are likely to be feeling particularly anxious or alone, so assistive technology, like the CPR Guardian personal alarm watch, which has a built-in phone, can help people maintain conversational contact with their loved ones at all times.”
The CPR Guardian Personal Alarm Watch with Fall Detection is an easy-to-use fall detection personal alarm watch with GPS tracking and an emergency SOS button that allows the user to alert family and friends in the case of an emergency. Please contact us if you need assistance.