Australian VIP Launch on the Gold Coast
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31.3.17
New service to stop elderly people dying alone and unnoticed over Easter
A NEW Australia wide service launching on the Gold Coast on April 12 will decrease the likelihood of elderly Australians dying alone and unnoticed in their homes this Easter.
Australian Bureau of Statistics projections suggest that, by 2026, about 907,000 people aged 75 years and over will be living alone, most of them older women (685,600)
As Australians are increasingly living longer and their children were getting busier, more elderly people were being forgotten about in their homes and often die alone and unnoticed.
CareCallingNow co-owner Irene Manson said from her experience, if an elderly person living alone fell over at home and was unable to get up off the floor, it was common that they could lie there for up to four days before someone noticed.
“This won’t necessarily result in death, but at the very least, they will end up in hospital,” she said.
Mr. and Mrs. Manson said their new digital calling system offering daily welfare ‘check-in’ calls ensured elderly people will be found.
“The worst feeling isn’t being lonely, it’s being forgotten!” Mrs. Manson said.
“This is a great way to keep people living independently in their own homes longer, which will save a lot of money in nursing home care.
“It also provides the re-assurance that your loved ones are okay, healthy and safe in their home.”
2GB Sunday Night Radio Host/ Uniting Church Reverend Bill Crews said he had been hearing of increasing numbers of people being found dead in their homes over the past 30 years.
“I had an elderly lady in my congregation fall in the bathroom and break her leg and no one knew for three days,” Rev Crews said.
“I believe this happens all the time and is becoming more common because so many people are isolated. So many people in units don’t even know who their neighbors’ are. The world is getting busier and people are more stressed. Families don’t have the time to look after their elderly nowadays and so often, hospitals are finding elderly brought in with conditions because there has been no one to check up on them.”
He said he thought CareCallingNow was great as it helped keep communities together. It’s very useful as people can put their phone around their neck and carry it with them.
The automated service allows a busy person, who is unable to check in on their elderly family or friends, to have peace of mind and potentially save lives.
One or two calls can be made per day at a time that is pre-determined by the loved one. All the loved one needs to do is push any number key on their phone to acknowledge that they are ok.
Three attempts will be made and if no one answers, there are up to two alternates where either a neighbour or someone close by will be notified.
“If neither of those people responds, the client will be notified via a call or text and an email,” Mrs. Manson said.
“CareCallingNow understands that life’s daily stressors can be difficult especially when trying to find time to touch base with your loved ones on a regular basis.
“Whether going on a vacation, having a busy week at work or your active lifestyle, these can keep you from assuring the health and safety of your parents or loved ones.”
Mrs. Manson said all that was needed was a normal phone and no other equipment.
“It helps maintain independence, privacy and could save a life as well as give their family peace of mind knowing that they are okay.”
Especially in retirement, Mr. Manson – who played top-level basketball in Australia for 13 years, said it was important to keep active.
“Many people I know who officially ‘retire’ die soon afterwards,” he said.
He said he wanted to encourage people to be smart early when looking after themselves at home.
“Interestingly, older people who live in nursing homes are 6 times more likely to fall than those living in their own community and the average health system cost for a 65 plus person who has a fall and goes to hospital in Australia is more than $6500,” he said.
“A lot of people in nursing homes are just waiting to die. No one wants to be in a nursing home with all those “old” people. I certainly don’t! So the longer I can stay independent and in my own home the better.”
CareCallingNow will have its official VIP launch at:
Sportshouse on Varsity Lakes,
337 Christine Ave, Gold Coast, on April 12, 2017, from 10 am to noon.
To attend or for more details, call 0422 948 163 or visit www.CareCallingNow.com
MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: Irene Manson 0422 948 163 Email: [email protected]