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Falls Are Serious and Costly for Seniors

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2004 - 2013, United States Unintentional Fall Death Rates per 100,000 All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 65+  Source: www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars 2004: 41.15, 2005: 43.12, 2006: 44.8, 2007: 48.47, 2008: 50.91, 2009: 51.54, 2010: 53.76, 2011: 55.36, 2012: 56.07, 2013: 56.96

My wife’s friend fell in her apartment and couldn’t get up or reach her phone. Two days later, her friend realized that something was amiss and called the Emergency Services, who had to get in through the third floor window to rescue her. She was hospitalized for ten days, and the doctor said that one more day would have killed her.

My wife fell on the curb on her way to Aqua Fit.  She couldn’t get up! She didn’t have her phone with her. She had to wait until a caring passing motorist and his wife stopped and helped her.

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
  • Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Each year at least 250,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually. 

What Can Happen After a Fall?

Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.

  • Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.
  • Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners). An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
  • Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

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Handcuffed and Jailed at 93 Years Old for Running Out of Money

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93 Year old booted out of Retirement Home

See the article and disturbing videos here.

Richard Armande Mills (RAM) tweeted:  I really hate that our country doesn’t take better care of its elderly. The woman is 93. What is she supposed to do, reenter the workforce? And did law enforcement really have to use handcuffs? Appalling on so many levels.

To which Stefan Molyneux, a very wise man and usually extremely accurate in his reporting, responded: You need to make a near endless amount of life mistakes to end up broke and alone at 93 years old. Make your decisions wisely because nobody is coming to save you.

A multitude of unfortunate and often unforeseen things can happen to Seniors that are beyond our control, chief of which is medical expenses and medicines. In Canada, dental is not covered by our “free” medical services, and many Seniors trek down to Mexico to save money. Deaths of spouses, illness, increased costs of living, pensions no longer sufficient, nursing homes that raise prices beyond our reach, and more.

US and Canadian Governments need to look after this huge, fast-growing demographic instead of their narcissistic focus on pleasing voters and keeping their jobs. Bullyboy policemen dressed up as shock troops should be restrained from handling Seniors like tough street thugs. Provision needs to be made for the medicine, decent accommodation, and care of Seniors.

Every ten minutes a Senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia in Canada alone. This needs to be taken into account, as well as the fact that the elderly cannot be judged by the same measure as common criminals and healthy, strong young people.

Robin Elliott

Solution to Boredom for Elderly in Nursing Homes

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A memory that has haunted me for many years is that of Seniors in the Nursing Home where my grandmother lived. Talk about the walking dead! Sitting in wheelchairs, half asleep, waiting. For the dinner bell, or tea, or the phone call that never came, or kids that seldom, if ever, visited… tired of the repeated, predictable activities – depressed by boredom and hearing that yet another patient/inmate/resident had died. It was very saddening.

When my Dad was in a nursing home, I heard more depressing stories of boredom, Seniors feeling out of touch and lonely, neglected, forgotten, abused, intimidated. I witnessed the feelings of hopelessness and misery, gloom, and, yes, sheer, unadulterated boredom.

And then I read about a man who was arranging rides in rickshaws/trishaws/pedicabs for Seniors in nursing homes. His great idea was spreading around the world! As a cyclist myself, what concerned me was the danger to the passengers, who were placed in front of the person pedaling, the difficulty to steer, the limited space, and the high cost of the rickshaws. So my business partner and I went to work and found a way to provide a safer, more affordable version that has more space, is easier to steer, is more comfortable, and affords more protection against the weather.

It took a while to get one, test it, make adjustments and additions, and negotiate the right price from the manufacturers, and now it is finally ready. This is a simple, yet effective way to add to the quality of life and of those who have given so much to us throughout their lives.

Take your loved ones for a ride, offer Seniors and disabled people free rides, use as a taxi service (they charge a dollar a minute in New York City), use in car dealership lots or shopping mall lots, use to promote your service (advertising space sides and back) – the applications are endless and everyone has fun. Once you see the reactions of Seniors, you will be eager to help more of them. And Volunteers love riding the Trike Transporters. See the videos and testimonials below.

“A study examined how nursing home residents spend their day. Twenty-seven residents of a nursing home facility were observed for 13 h each. At 5-min intervals, location, position, mood, and activity were recorded. Residents spent 65% of their time doing little or nothing, and 12% of their time in social activities. They spent the majority of their time in their rooms, sitting and alone. Although this facility has a high standard of care and a creative activities department, residents still spent a great portion of their days inactive, immobile, and alone. This indicates that improvements in programming are still needed. More engaging long-term care facilities may promote and support social interaction and meaningful activity throughout the day.” – D 2002 Elsevier Science Inc.

Nothing lifts the spirits like a good dose of fresh air, the wind in your hair, happy companions enjoying it with you – a fun ride in the back of a trike.

Robin Elliott     IPSsafety.com

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Solution Coming for Seniors in Nursing Homes

 

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More than two in five seniors living in Long Term Care facilities are diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression (CIHI, 2010). One of the factors contributing to depression and often the resulting suicide of many Seniors is cited as being social isolation and loneliness. Boredom is another factor.

Based on in-depth interviews with 65 older nursing home residents, a study by Namkee G. Choi, Sandy Ransom & Richard J. Wyllie study examined the residents’ own understanding and perceptions of depressive symptoms, causes of their depression, their self-reported coping strategies, and their preferences for acceptable depression interventions. About half (n = 32) of all interviewees stated that they were either feeling depressed or experiencing negative effects.

The major themes related to the causes of their depression were:

  • loss of independence,
  • freedom and continuity with their past life;
  • feelings of social isolation and loneliness;
  • lack of privacy and frustration at the inconvenience of having a roommate and sharing a bathroom;
  • loss of autonomy due to the institutional regimen and regulations;
  • ambivalence toward cognitively impaired residents;
  • ever-present death and grief;
  • staff turnover and shortage; and
  • stale programming and lack of meaningful in-house activities.

Self-reported coping mechanisms included religion and stoicism, a sense of reality, positive attitude and family support.

In regard to depression treatment, the interviewees appeared to prefer nursing home programs that reduce their isolation over group or individual psychotherapy.

IPS Safety Inc. has heard the cry for help, and we have been examining some of the most effective strategies for reducing their isolation, as well as the isolation of the majority of Seniors (95%) who do not live in nursing homes/Long Term Care facilities. Whereas all our products go a long way to providing more contact with others and especially Caregivers, as well as security for Seniors and peace of mind and savings for their Caregivers, we will soon reveal our latest, additional solution.

Robin Elliott   IPSsafety.com

Look at the Responses I received to This Facebook Post

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I posted this on Facebook:
“Smart companies are now hiring Seniors in many different positions for logical and profitable reasons: They’re generally mature, patient, caring, hardworking, grateful for their jobs, experienced, better communicators, responsible, disciplined, and health conscious. They have realistic expectations. And they’re not encumbered or distracted by kids at home or marital strife. Makes sense.” 
These are some of the (unedited) responses I received:

Makes perfect sense. Seniors certainly can’t live on their Government Pension and most have to continue working.

Exactly… but the hiring process is incredibly tedious with layers of personality tests etc. Just meet the person for goodness sake. The customer is hungry for a caring employee to service their needs and requests

My dad instilled an old fashion work ethic in me, but at work people don’t like me because they say I’m anal.. they ask …why do you care.. doing quality work is only appreciated by a few.

Well our generation learned how to work. Most of us since we were about 12 at part time jobs and took them very seriously. And learned if you wanted it, you worked for it.

 I’d much rather deal witan a older person at say MacDonalds than some snot nosed kid who is clueless.

After Trudeau screws this country most of us poor smucks will be working until death, that’s if there is a job left.

 We are of the generation that knew what work meant.

 Shoot, a few months back I couldn’t pay someone to give me a job

 Sounds all good, but Canada can’t much longer afford pensions, etc, so extending the outreach is the way to save us.
I can tell you this I am 58 years old and my outlook values and code of ethics has changed tremendously. When I was young I thought I was invincible and I didn’t have a care in the world. It’s a hell of a lot different nowadays and I care about what I do with a Passion.
Ingvar kamprad the founder of IKEA embraced this principle.
Many seniors would love to work!

Here’s the Article I wrote to elaborate on the benefits to businesses of hiring Seniors.

10 Reasons Why Small Business Owners Should Hire Seniors

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Why hire Seniors? Those over sixty? Younger people may be surprised at what Seniors have to offer small businesses compared with many others, and how easy and lucrative it is to hire them. After thirty-one years in business and training business owners around the world, and as a Senior myself, I know what I’m talking about. Here are ten logical and profitable reasons to consider this:

  1. Few distractions. With no kids at home, few divorces, and a  settled, mature lifestyle, Seniors can focus on their work and are not constantly looking for a better job or dealing with boy or girlfriends or spousal issues like job transfers. And most don’t have elderly parents to worry about anymore.
  2. Gratitude. Many Seniors are looking for ways to earn extra money, keep busy, use their often considerable skills and business experience, and contribute meaningfully. They enjoy the company of their coworkers and feeling valuable. So they’re understandably grateful to get a job and their work and commitment show it.
  3. Mature. Few hissy fits, reasonable expectations, and patient. They have lived long enough to gain perspective, something which few Millenials understand.
  4. Hardworking. Most Seniors have a solid work ethic. They don’t expect “something for nothing.”
  5. Self Disciplined. Punctual, well dressed, clean, and they’re not clock watchers. They’re responsible and they want to keep their jobs; they’re not spoiled kids.
  6. Good Communicators. Seniors have learned to communicate, they’re not easily threatened by cheeky customers, and they’re patient and empathetic. They have a lot of experience dealing with all kinds of people. And they’ll treat your Senior customers well, too, because they understand them, as only another Senior can.
  7. Health Conscious. Especially if you’re in the health industry, as we age, health becomes tantamount, so Seniors are aware of health issues and have real-life experience in that area; they’re credible.
  8. Experience. Many Seniors were once successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, or held high positions in businesses and industry. This can be very valuable to any open-minded small business owner. We can learn from this treasure chest of experience.
  9. Great at Dealing with Other Seniors. If your business serves Seniors, Seniors are the best to do it, unless it involves hard physical work. Remember, there are over 70 million Seniors in the U.S. and Canada, growing by 10,000 per day. Many of your customers will probably be Seniors.
  10. Affordable. They have realistic expectations. Considering what they have to offer, VERY affordable.

P.S. Seniors can attach this article to their resumes.

Robin Elliott  IPS Safety Inc.

Testimonial from an IPS Safety Distributor

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“Becoming an IPS Safety Inc distributor is one of the best steps I made in a business decision. I have been involved in other businesses that did not have any length to them and the ended in a few years or sooner. In specific; I was in Network marketing, Affiliate marketing, MLM groups and several others. I have looked of a solid legal business for years, which would have the longevity I was looking for. I was in my own sole proprietorship for sixteen years and I knew I needed a change due to my body having several injuries in my own business.

“I liked and loved working with people and solving challenges and issues they faced. I was able to take my talents and assets from my past business experience and apply them to the IPS Safety Inc business of helping seniors with their families, and caregivers but to different areas as well. I used these assets to my distributorship in starting with a smaller area and I was surprised by what happened. I was given a bigger area for my Distributorship and now I have 3 major cities and all the smaller towns in Alberta as part of a blessing from the Company.

“IPS Safety Inc has given me a longer brighter future to look forward to due to the baby boomers market which will be for several years to come. I also have been able to move forward and incorporate my own business due to becoming an Independent Distributor for IPS Safety Inc. This has given me even more leverage in the market by starting other referral groups with other professional businesses.

“I also want to add, the leadership in Robin Elliott and Ken Chahal has been absolutely unbelievable. With their business experience, I am truly amazed at how much these two business leaders have really helped me. I thought I knew business but with the Mentoring, Coaching, Leadership, their friendship, and guidance not only helped me in my distributorship but it has also helped me in my personal life as well. Both Robin and Ken have become close friends and the ones I turn to the most for any advice, they are there for me every time I need them. They are truly two men who practice what they preach and are absolutely honest business people who want to see the best in all. Their honesty leads them to integrity with trust and this is what I looked for in the beginning. They have not lead me astray in any way and are right on target with everything.

“For anyone looking for an opportunity, whether it is in business or as a Distributor or sales personnel for IPS Safety Inc with Robin Elliott and Ken Chahal it is the best decision you could make as I did.

“With sincere gratitude and appreciation for your vision of developing IPS Safety Inc and your brilliant leadership. I will be looking for many years and other Distributorships in Canada and the USA with this company.”

DJ Partners Limited.

Independent Distributor of IPS Safety Inc.

Southern Alberta.

Why We Started This Business

 

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This was what we experienced and why we started this business.

My wife had knee problems. This led to medical help and a lot of exposure to what others were experiencing. Then she needed a hip replacement. She was in a wheelchair for two years before her surgery, following which she had to go through the long recovery. She fell on the pavement near the sidewalk and couldn’t get up, and a friendly passing motorist and his wife stopped and helped her.

Then a friend of my wife fell in her apartment and lay on the floor for two days before she was rescued by the Fire Department. Ten days in hospital followed; she would have died had she spent another day lying on the floor. And a neighbour of ours got dementia. Local Seniors wandered and two were never found.

We saw the devastating effects on our family members who literally wore themselves out caring for their aged parents. As we aged, we saw the dire need of help for Seniors and their Caregivers.

We are Seniors. Many of our friends are Seniors. We see the need, the fear, the frustration. Many Seniors and their families can’t afford ongoing home care or enough home care, or nursing homes, and even with home care and nursing homes, what happens when the home care leaves and Mom or Dad is alone at home? What happens when Mom or Dad are abused by Caregivers at home or in nursing homes, or you suspect abuse?

Seniors don’t just suffer from falls, dementia and Alzheimer’s and wandering, panic, worry, abuse and neglect; they are also lonely, often don’t have enough care or support or money, and they worry about their spouses and their futures. And many Caregivers are at the end of their ropes.

We saw the stress suffered by Caregivers, many of whom were sandwiched between their families at home and caring for their aging parents. Many of them suffered illness, depression, financial problems, and family and marriage problems at home as a result. The financial and time management pressures on Caregivers are enormous.

We realized that many of the products available to Caregivers for Seniors didn’t do what they were supposed to do, there was little or no support or help to set them up or to manage them, and many were being sold to vulnerable, desperate people who ended up sending them back or leaving them in a closet because they couldn’t get them to work, or when they realized that the response to an SOS message from Dad who had dementia was from a kid in a call centre in the Philippines.

So my business partner and I researched the market, the products available, the services available, and the best way to fill the gaps and needs between the Caregivers, the nursing homes, and the lonely hours. We found the best products and the best way to distribute our products and help the Seniors and Caregivers in the United States and Canada, and we tested the system and the products we provided with real Distributors and actual customers. It works. and we constantly adding new products and improving on our systems.

Our mission is to provide safety and security for Seniors and help and peace of mind for their Caregivers. In addition to that, we have created a business model that provides an income/business opportunity for anyone who genuinely shares our concerns and cares about Seniors and their Caregivers. The market is presently in excess of 70 million Seniors, growing by 10,000 per day, and the needs and problems of Seniors and their Caregivers are growing just as fast.

Visit our website and feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

Robin Elliott      IPS Safety Inc.

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills.”