Current Situation

In the current COVID-19 pandemic and before the vaccine is available, seniors are the most vulnerable people. There have been many shocking death tragedies in long-term care (LTC) facilities around the world. In Canada, 80% of COVID-19 death happened at LTC centres. In US, this percentage is about 40%, and about 80,000 seniors in LTC centres have dead.

During the pandemic, many seniors in the LTC centers or living home alone will not be able to receive sufficient services from healthcare workers or family members, due to the social distancing requirement, in order to reduce their chance of being infected. This puts seniors at risk if some emergencies happen to them without being noticed by other people.

Seniors in the LTC facilities are only a small percentage of the total senior population. About 90% of seniors live at their homes, and many live alone. Many seniors need some kinds of home services from home care service providers. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, these seniors cannot receive regular visits from their family members or homecare workers. If some emergencies happen to them without being detected in time, the results could be disastrous.

In the current COVID-19 pandemic and before the vaccine is available, seniors are the most vulnerable people. There have been many shocking death tragedies in long-term care (LTC) facilities around the world. In Canada, 80% of COVID-19 death happened at LTC centres. In US, this percentage is about 40%, and about 80,000 seniors in LTC centres have dead.

During the pandemic, many seniors in the LTC centers or living home alone will not be able to receive sufficient services from healthcare workers or family members, due to the social distancing requirement, in order to reduce their chance of being infected. This puts seniors at risk if some emergencies happen to them without being noticed by other people.

Seniors in the LTC facilities are only a small percentage of the total senior population. About 90% of seniors live at their homes, and many live alone. Many seniors need some kinds of home services from home care service providers. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, these seniors cannot receive regular visits from their family members or homecare workers. If some emergencies happen to them without being detected in time, the results could be disastrous.

Impact on Older Adults

  • According to WHO data from April 2020, more than 95% of COVID-19 deaths were among people over 60 years of age, and more than half of all deaths occurred in people of 80 years-plus
  • In Sweden, 90% of the deaths from COVID-19 were among people more than 70 years of age
  • The Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered data in March showing an average COVID-19 case fatality rate of:
  • 3.6% of adults in their 60s
  • 8% for those in their 70s
  • 14.8% for people 80 years and above

COVID-19 Deaths in Care Homes

  • CDC warn that “nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19”, compounding not only the risk for older people but also placing care workers at risk
  • In the US, at least 28,100 residents and workers have died from a SARS-CoV-2 infection in a nursing home or in another long-term care facility for older people
  • More than a third- that is, 35% – of all COVID-19 deaths in the US occur in long-term care facilities, comprising residents and workers
  • statistics OF Covid-19 deaths in care homes

Statistics of COVID-19 deaths in care homes

  • In Canada, 62% of the country’s entire number of COVID-19 deaths occurred in care homes
  • In Belgium, this number is 53%
  • In France, the figure ranges from 39.2–51%.
  • In Spain, 67% of all COVID19 deaths occurred in care homes.
  • In the U.S., nearly 60% of all care home-related COVID-19 deaths occurred in the state of New York.

What we can do to help

The AltumView Sentinare smart sensor can monitor seniors’ safety and health conditions automatically and provide a peace of mind to caregivers. The Sentinare sensor has the following unique features

  • Protect the privacy of the seniors by only sending the stick-figure animations of the seniors to the cloud and the mobile App, allowing the sensor to be installed in everywhere in the home, including bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Collect the statistics of the daily activities of the seniors, which provides caregivers a snapshot of the overall health conditions of the seniors.
  • Automatically detect emergencies of the seniors, such as falls, waving for help, and wandering of dementia patients, and send instant alerts to caregivers.
  • Perform fall risk assessment in the sensor to prevent falls before it happens.
  • Caregivers can use the two-way voice call feature to talk to the seniors, for example, to check their conditions after receiving an alert and provide instant help, which can relieve the anxiety of seniors.
  • Coming soon: customizable Region of Interest feature to collect more safety and health statistics.
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