As elderly Australians fall, so does the aged care industry
As the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report details, the “aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable citizens.” Delving deeper into the shocking tales of neglect, it’s clear that the aged care industry often lacks the resources to respond to simple incidents, such as a fall, within the adequate time-frame. Thus, elderly Australians are put at higher risk of injury due to inadequate falls detection, resulting in more time spent on the ground, sometimes even leading to death as falls account for 40% of injury-related deaths in this age group.
30% of adults over the age of 65 experiencing at least one fall per year…
That means, simple tasks can be made daunting with the fear that a fall may occur – 48% of older people are worried they will fall again after an incident. Monitoring in aged care facilities and hospitals alike causes major concern, with the Interim Report specifying the workforce is “under pressure and under-appreciated… lacking key skills”. Short on time, it is near impossible for staff to consistently check each patient or preemptively detect a fall, meaning often patients who do fall are left lying on the floor for upwards of an hour until the nurse’s next round.
Of those who fall, over 60% cannot get up by themselves and over 30% are left lying on the floor for over an hour.
That is over 360,000 Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents and Loved Ones each year who lay on the floor for over an hour, injured, crying, bleeding and dying. With such alarming statistics, the cause is close to home for most Aussies. Experiencing first-hand the hurt, not only physically for your loved one, but both emotionally and financially, served as the catalyst for change. HomeGuardian was created to allow our friends and family to live independently, with more dignity and privacy. As our country ages at a rapid rate – expected 7.5 million over the age of 65 by 2047 – and our staff in the aged care sector diminish – 350,000 workers in 2019, half of which will be retired in the next 15 years – we could no longer sit around and wait for a solution. Along with the 129,945 workers needed in the next ten years to replace loss of staff, we needed technology to lift the industry. Falls detection is where we start. This is only just the beginning of a world bettered by technology – for your family, for your friends, for you.