Month: October 2010

Robot Aging In Place

Technology has been gradually adding convenience to life for years. Now, with the assistance of robots, seniors will soon be aging in place with a degree of security never before dreamed possible. Robot aging in place is a unique concept that is revolutionizing eldercare. With millions of baby boomers approaching their golden years but still valuing the high degree of independence by which their lives have been characterized, robotic technologies are being developed to enable the elderly to receive the assistance they need while allowing them to still live at home. Robots For Aging In Place Tokyo is at the heart of these innovations. With 22 percent of their population already over the age of 65, they are actively searching for ways to improve the quality of life for seniors. In 2007, Secom Co. introduced a new caregiving innovation called My Spoon. A feeding robot, it assists the elderly and disabled with eating by feeding them with a fork and spoon that is controlled by a joystick. For those struggling with the need to use a wheelchair, Fujitsu, Ltd. and Aisin Selki Co. has introduced the TAO Aicle intelligent wheelchair. The wheelchair is programmable to travel to preset locations and uses sensors to respond to obstacles, red lights, and other daily travel issues. Another, from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology responds to basic commands, making...

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Adult Home Care Requirements

Providing care for senior adults who need help has become a growth industry in recent years as the population ages. The baby boom generation will be taxing the extended family's ability to cope, creating greater demand for professional adult home care services to relieve the burden on working children. Whether a family is looking for a home providing twenty-four hour care for an elder family member or an entrepreneur sees an opportunity to start a business helping people, it is vital that everyone understand the requirements to operate a home health care business. Taking advantage of free samples of home health care business plans during start up will eliminate costly mistakes and lead to a well run home care business. Residents Most states have a limit, usually around six or seven individuals, on the number of non-related adults to be housed in a resident care home. These adults are comprised of seniors needing help as they age or individuals disabled physically or developmentally. Adults who are loud, abusive or disruptive may have difficulty finding a home since the idea is to retain a comfortable and friendly environment for the residents. Level of Care Potential residents may need to be screened based on the care they require versus the level of care the home is designed and qualified to provide. For adults requiring more acute care, some homes are staffed...

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How to Start Home Health Care Business

As the baby boomer generation begins to age, there will be an increase need for more home health care businesses nationwide. Moreover, it is a statistical fact that people are living longer and will require home health care assistance on a daily basis. Therefore, people who are entrepreneurial minded, caring, and trust-worthy have the skills needed to build a successful home health care business for the senior population. In order to be successful in the senior care business, individuals need to take the appropriate steps in building a solid home health care system. If you are looking to start...

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Tips to Avoid Financial Strain with Aging Parents

Caring for aging parents is an emotionally taxing experience for their children. In addition to the emotional strain, financial strain can also be experienced. However, there are some easy steps that can help to reduce this strain and prepare for the future financially. Work out an Arrangement with Siblings As a person’s parents get to an age where they may begin to need additional care, the children of the couple need to discuss what they could be facing. Some questions to consider include who will care for them, if any of the children will quit work, and what care-giving will work best for the family. If one of the siblings decides that they will quit work to take care of their parents, everyone should agree on a monetary value for that care and what that person should receive. It may be beneficial for the individual to do this, especially if they have children that require day care while they are at work. It may cost less and benefit the family for one parent to stop working to take care of both children and the aging parents. Discuss the situation with parents. A discussion about aging is often an awkward situation, and many people are in denial about it. This can prevent conversations between parents and children from occurring. A simple way to bring it up would be to ask...

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