When you think of the word “caregiver,” what is the first thing you think of? Who is it you see?
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), in 2008, there were an estimated 65.7 million Americans (or 29% of the U.S. adult population, involving 31% of all U.S. households) who served as family caregivers. Since then, this number has continued to grow as the number of Baby Boomers continues to increase.
Who Are The Caregivers?
The U.S. Census Bureau identifies caregivers as ranging from grandparents who live with and care for grandchildren, to children and teens who serve as caregivers for sick siblings, parents or aging relatives, to older people who care for other older adults.
Of these caregivers, most are working parents who not only care for children of their own; they also care for an older adult/parent. In fact, the NAC reports that of the adult caregivers, the average age of a caregiver is roughly 49 years old while the average age of the care recipient is between 66 and 69 years old (approximately).
Assisting Caregivers; Maintaining Independence in Older Adults
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 with their loved ones. Mobile personal emergency response systems (PERS) like eResponder give users the ability to quickly connect to help wherever they go, offering peace of mind to both users and caregivers.
eResponder is a mobile PERS that allows users to have fast access to emergency care specialists anywhere in the U.S. where there is T-Mobile cellular coverage. Users can speak with care specialists 24/7 (even in the shower), and 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 connect the user’s eResponder device to 911, and 911 operators can locate the user with U-TDOA technology and dispatch help.
Benefits of Mobile PERS to Caregivers & Older Adults
Older adults benefit from mobile PERS devices like eResponder because the devices offer them freedom of mobility to travel where they want, when they want, while still affording users the convenience and security of knowing that help is just a button-push away.
Caregivers benefit from eResponder because it enables them to have peace of mind that their loved ones can get help quickly, even when they are alone. Care specialists also notify users’ emergency contacts in the event of an emergency, which keeps caregivers updated about their loved ones.
At Securus, we are proud to support older Americans as well as the caregivers who work so hard to care for parents, siblings and other relatives.
This May, we encourage you to read more about Older Americans Month. Also, look for additional articles from Securus regarding aging adults, senior safety tips, and ways in which mobile PERS help aging adults lead longer, healthier, independent lives.
eResponder is a very small, lightweight, and comfortable-to-wear mobile personal emergency response system which enables users to break free from landline-based systems that only work in and around the home.
Simple to use, compact, and shower-safe, the eResponder features 2-way voice communication and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 2 months on a single charge. eResponder allows seniors to live independently while having fast access to emergency care specialists anywhere in the US where there is T-Mobile cellular coverage. Specialists can send emergency personnel or loved ones to the user, depending on what is needed. If users need to be located, emergency care specialists can connect them to 911 to utilize U-TDOA location technology. Seniors now have the ability to get help anytime at the press of a button, at home and away from home.