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Safely Aging in Place

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Seniors want the independence of aging in their own homes. What steps can be taken to ensure their safety?
Air Date: 1/8/19
Duration: 15:33
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Philip Regenie, Founder & CEO of Zanthion
Philip Regenie ZanthionFounder and CEO Philip Regenie established Zanthion after experiencing the challenges his parents faced in their final years of life. Despite both of his parents wearing the best available calling systems, Regenie and his siblings were frequently interrupted with false emergencies, as well as real ones, while caring for their parents as children should. His personal experience with the indignity of his parents’ deaths inspired him to enter the market and invest his personal finance to build a business based on dignity and care. With 35 years working in IT as a programmer, analyst and project engineer and eventually CEO/CTO in military aircraft systems, IOT (Internet of Things) and electronic medical record management, Regenie was uniquely positioned to understand and solve the complex problems associated with senior care. Realizing that no one else in the industry was providing the solutions he knew, from his personal experience, that seniors and their families need today, he decided to create Zanthion.
  • Guest Twitter Account: @granthony
Aging in place is a way for seniors to live in a familiar environment while growing older. While it’s an ideal option, it can be very stressful for the loved ones of these seniors.

Striking a balance between their independence and familial confidence in senior safety is the trick.

Reasonable Risks

  • Assess the dwelling for safety. Change handles and add grab bars as needed. Eliminate tripping hazards.
  • Ensure frailer individuals have protection when falling. Walkers help but are a bit unbalanced. Clothing should be protective, especially where damage is likely.
  • Adequate escalation. It isn’t always necessary to escalate immediately to emergency services.
  • Behavior monitoring devices can track when a senior doesn’t move through the home predictably. This can help detect a fall.
Listen as Philip Regenie joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss new technology to aid those aging in place.

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