According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), in 2014, an estimated 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult aged 50+ in the last 12 months.
Nearly half of caregivers provided care to someone aged 75 or older.
Who are the caregivers?
- 60% of caregivers are female
- The average age of a caregiver is 49 years old
- 49% care for a parent or parent-in-law
- One in 10 caregivers is 75 years of age or older and is likely to be caring for their spouse
Who are the care recipients?
- 65% of care recipients are female
- The average age of a care recipient is 69.4 years of age
- 48% of care recipients live in their own home
mPERS: Helping seniors stay independent
Many older adults receiving care would like to remain independent for as long as possible, but they and their caregivers may have concerns about reduced mobility and safety issues when caregivers cannot be there. As the CDC reports, 30% of seniors 65+ fall every year, and 20-30% of those falls result in injuries that make it difficult to continue to live independently.
Mobile personal emergency response systems (mPERS) like Belle gives users the ability to quickly connect to help with the push of a button, offering peace of mind to both users and caregivers.
Belle uses cellular networks to connect users to specialists. Users can speak with specialists 24/7 at home and away from home, using the built-in speaker and microphone. Care specialists can send emergency personnel or loved ones to the user, depending on what is needed. If a user needs to be located in an emergency, care specialists can use WiFi location technologies, and they can also connect the user’s Belle device to 911, and 911 operators can locate the user and dispatch help.
Keeping caregivers confident and connected
Older adults benefit from mobile PERS devices because they have the freedom to travel where they want, when they want, while still having the convenience and security of knowing that help is just a button-push away.
Caregivers, both nearby and long-distance, benefit because mPERS enable them to have peace of mind that their loved ones can get help quickly, even when they are alone. Care specialists can also notify caregivers during and after an emergency and keep caregivers informed about their loved ones. In addition, caregivers can receive low battery and power-off alerts by email and text message, enabling them to help their loved ones keep their mobile PERS devices charged and ready to help.
Belle is offered through Freeus-authorized dealers nationwide. If you are interested in purchasing Belle for yourself or a loved one, click here to have a dealer contact you directly.
Prospective dealers, request a demo device and learn how Freeus can help your customers and their caregivers!