Sadness and Loneliness in Nursing Homes – and a Reprieve

electric-pedicab-for-passenger1Loneliness and Sadness are common in institutional settings for the elderly as well as the disabled. For Seniors, increased mortality, missing their relatives and late spouses, and boredom add to their emotional state. Today’s nursing homes are much improved from years past, with larger rooms, visits from pets, even gardens. Still, for many elderly people, the move to a nursing home represents the end of the road and a loss of independence. It’s a place you go to die.

Naturally, such thoughts can lead to depression, ranging from mild to chronic, which affects approximately 40% of nursing home residents, according to the American Geriatrics Society. This is three times the estimated rate in elderly people living in the community. Despite its prevalence, few elders in nursing homes will openly admit that they are depressed. Most nursing home residents spend up to 80% of their time alone in the rooms. They feel isolated, forgotten, “warehoused.” Some feel, many rightly so, that their adult children moved them into a nursing home so that they could move into Mom’s house with her grandchildren, or sell it, and many seldom if ever visit her.

As Marlo Sollitto writes, “Depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated — or treated as a “normal” part of aging. Because the signs of depression can mirror the signs of dementia, especially problems with focusing and concentrating, diagnosing depression in an older adult can be difficult.” Aging from 75 years and onwards is characterized by critical changes and turning points, such as the death of a partner or a child, increasing health problems, and the increasing need for care, and as our population ages, nursing homes are filling up fast.


IPS Safety Inc and the IPS Wellness Foundation have teamed up to provide exhilarating rides on our Trike Transporters. Seniors describe their rides as, “A break in the monotony, a feeling of being taken notice of, meeting new friends, the wind in my hair, being outdoors in the sunshine, a new experience, being spoilt, a special treat, feeling important, reliving my youth, a memorable experience, a little adventure, a real bike ride, a fun time.

Nursing homes can purchase Trikes or we can help businesses to donate Trikes to the nursing homes. Those making donations receive a heap of publicity and excellent public relations from joyful Presentation Ceremonies and they benefit from being permanently advertised on the backs and sides of the Trikes they generously donate.

Robin Elliott


Real Relief for Seniors in Residential Facilities and for Businesses that Seek a Great ROI on their Advertising Dollars.



Visit any Nursing Home, Assisted Living, or Retirement facility for Seniors, and you will find that most Seniors spend up to 80% of their time alone in the rooms. Serious mental health issues are escalating as Senior population explodes and the pressure on these facilities increases, not because of the shortage of qualifies staff.

Loneliness, depression, feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and desertion, a feeling that they are being “warehoused and forgotten,” and that their family is “waiting for them to die so that they can inherit what’s left” are commonplace. Many of these Seniors seldom get any visits from friends and family. Some get no visits and receive no communication from “the outside.” Many Seniors live with constant pain, disabilities, and financial problems.

Seniors with dementia face additional discrimination resulting in a range of unmet needs including lack of autonomy and belonging—both of which are linked with interpersonal violence. There are many cases of real and imagined elder abuse. There are even suicides

Even in the high-end facilities, the elaborate meals and beautiful furnishings and surroundings that persuade families to part with vast amounts of money so that Mommy can be safe and happy – in many cases assuaging their consciences – don’t help much.

And so the non-profit IPS Wellness Foundation was born – to accept donations from businesses to purchase Trike Transporters that are pedaled by volunteers to break the monotony in these facilities, show that people do care, and provide unforgettable outings for Seniors. Photos are taken, balloons, fun, the open air, meeting new people – adventure – something to talk about for months. And rides can be regular when the facility owns the Trike!

What’s in it for the businesses that generously donate Trikes? Apart from the laudable philanthropic aspect, it’s the best ROI for branding, promotion, and ongoing advertising around.

It starts off with a bang – a joyous Donation Ceremony with balloons and fun for all, an official handing over of the Trikes to the grateful Institutions receiving them. Pictures are taken, music, and the press, Seniors, their Caregivers, the public, and dignitaries are invited. Applause and speeches!
The logo and name of the business donating the Trike are emblazoned on the backs and sides of the Trikes, (Generously Donated By) and the volunteers pedaling them wear the T-Shirts and jackets of the business. Wherever those Trikes go in the future, people we see and know that the Trikes were donated by that business, and that means ongoing acknowledgment and gratitude from the Seniors, the Institution, the Caregivers, and the public.
Robin Elliott

An Exciting Solution for Businesses and Seniors is Offered

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You and most Caregivers know that many of our Senior Canadians in Retirement Residences and Care Homes tend to suffer in the same way:

Isolation, Loneliness, Depression, feelings of Hopelessness and Abandonment. Many feel that the world has dumped them there, discarded them, and simply forgotten about them, that they no longer matter. Most spend the bulk of their day alone in their little rooms.

And their time in these institutions can last many years, waiting. Waiting for someone to visit them – someone who seldom, if ever, comes. Waiting for the next meal. Like the old British Television series, “Waiting to Die.” They see their friends dying off and being taken away to be buried, or taken away to the hospital, many, never to return. It’s depressing just writing this.

But cheer up, there is good news! A solution has been found and proven to work every time! Volunteers pedal Seniors around in bright yellow Trike Transporters ( – take them for a lovely, safe, invigorating ride instead of leaving them to languish alone in their rooms. When last did they feel the wind in their hair, riding through beautiful scenery behind a bicycle? Meeting new friends, being taken notice of, being spoiled, having their pictures taken? Something to talk about for weeks and months afterwards!


These bright, safe, easy to mount, spacious Trike Transporters are the best thing since sliced bread. Seniors love riding in them and volunteers love pedaling them! They are battery assisted, but even without the battery assist, they are easy to pedal with gears. Fun for all. They enjoy a comfortable, wide seat with a seatbelt, a canopy, and a screen to protect from wind and rain, a break in the monotony, that “Groundhog Day” existence, a way to forget their pain and sadness.  

IPS Safety Inc ( sells Trike Transporters ( that these residences can purchase, however many can’t afford the Trikes or haven’t budgeted for them.

We found a solution to that, too. The IPS Wellness Foundation ( is a registered Canadian non-profit organization that accepts grants and donations to purchase Trike Transporters to gift to Residences and organizations that help and house the Seniors, Disabled, and vulnerable in our society!

But what’s in it for the caring businesses making these generous donations?

Well, it starts off with a bang – a joyous Donation Ceremony with balloons and fun for all, an official handing over of the Trikes to the grateful Institutions receiving them. Pictures are taken, music, the press and dignitaries are invited. Applause and speeches!

The logo and name of the business donating the Trike are emblazoned on the backs and sides of the Trikes, and the volunteers pedaling them wear the T-Shirts, caps, and jackets of the business. Wherever those Trikes go in the future, people we see and know that the Trikes were donated by that business, and that means ongoing acknowledgment and gratitude from the Seniors, the Institution, the Caregivers, and the public.

This is the best possible way to promote your business, your products, and your services.

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How to Prevent Dementia


“Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk,” BBC News reports. A major review by The Lancet has identified nine potentially modifiable risk factors linked to dementia.

The risk factors were:

  • low levels of education
  • midlife hearing loss
  • physical inactivity
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • type 2 diabetes
  • obesity
  • smoking
  • depression
  • social isolation

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by tackling risk factors such as education and depression, a large new international review estimates.

Here are some ways to prevent dementia. Ideally, we should start in our forties already, but it’s never too late to start.

  1. Give Your Brain a Workout Every Day.

Do puzzles, read, learn new skills, play cards, learn a new language. Learn to play a musical instrument, learn to play chess.

2. Take Care of Your Health.

Get a physical checkup. Lose weight. STOP SMOKING. Don’t drink alcohol. Eat healthy food. Your doctor can advise you on these things, too. Associate with health-conscious people. Build muscle to pump up your brain. Cut down on sugar. Enjoy daily cups of tea: Regular consumption of tea may enhance memory and mental alertness and slow brain aging.

3. Stay Active Physically.

We need regular exercise – 40 minutes a day, six days a week. Walking, riding a bike, dancing, swimming, running. Sit less – move more.

4. Sleep enough.

Enough sleep is essential for a healthy brain.

5. Reduce Stress.

Prayer and other spiritual activities, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises.

6. Balance and Coordination Exercises.

Dancing, yoga, Tai Chi, balance balls.

7. Stay Active Socially.

Don’t be isolated – join a club or a church or volunteer and mix with other people regularly. Get to know your neighbors, go outside. Make a weekly date with friends, reach out over the phone or email.

8. Live a Purposeful Life

Rush University Medical Center revealed a noteworthy connection between a person’s sense of purpose and dementia risk. Participants who reported the highest scores on the life purpose test were 2.4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to people with the lowest scores. Living a life full of purpose included things like feeling good about past accomplishments and hope for the future.

~ Robin Elliott

Dump Granny – Desert Dad – a Solution


The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential reveals, when discussing the subject of the “Dump Grannies” and “Inert Deserted Parents,” that “there is an increasing frequency of dependent elderly people being left at hospitals, day centers, and nursing homes by relatives unwilling or unable to attend to their needs. Elderly people with financial means and their mental faculties intact usually have better choice and stability about their situation. The abandoned poor, infirm or senile may spend their last days as transients moved from one overcrowded government facility to another.

I have spent 31 years specializing in the business applications of Collaboration and Leverage. As a Senior myself, I can see how we can utilize these powerful concepts to support, empower, and assist our fellow Seniors when resources are in short supply and some of us no longer have the capacity we once had.

For example, I teach business owners, that every resource you need is already available through someone else, and that we all have something to offer in return. An elderly lady in England invited a young lady to share her home for companionship and help – a win/win situation – collaboration at its best. Some churches look after their elderly congregants as well.

Teaming up with others of the same age and younger, building strong, reciprocal friendships while you are able, and building a solid support group pays off. You have to reach out – be a friend to have a friend. Be proactive; “dig the well before you thirst.”

Seniors selling up to move in with their kids, who are happy to have a babysitter for their offspring in the short term, is seldom a good idea, since the kids you’ve been looking after will soon grow up, and son Bobby’s new wife may want to rent out your room, plus you may become a “burden” to them in your dotage. Think carefully before giving away your security, friends, and independence.

Robin Elliott

Dementia – An Escalating Crisis that Will Overwhelm Healthcare


“None of us wants to be reminded that dementia is random, relentless, and frighteningly common.” ~ Laurie Graham

Terry Pratchett wrote, “The baby boomers are getting older, and will stay older for longer. And they will run right into the dementia firing range. How will a society cope? Especially a society that can’t so readily rely on those stable family relationships that traditionally provided the backbone of care?” Not only the Dementia victims suffer – many of their extended family and friends, and especially those providing care for them, suffer too.

This article from The Times tells us that The World Health Organisation has warned that, within a generation, Dementia cases will triple around the world, and just caring for people with dementia will cost $2 trillion in ten years, which is double today’s figure, threatening to “overwhelm health and social services”.

The WHO is now urging governments to wake up to the threat posed by the incurable condition as the global population age since it estimates that today’s 50 million dementia sufferers will reach a staggering 152 million by 2050. 

But how does that affect Caregivers, who are often the often the adult children, of Dementia sufferers now? How can IPS Safety Inc. help relieve the amount of stress the Caregivers suffer? How can we save them time and money, and increase their peace of mind, while at the same time improving the safety and quality of life of the Dementia sufferers? 

Our two-way sound, night vision, plug-and-play cameras can be taken out of the box and set up in minutes by a Caregiver, and if they have questions, they can call our office and we will walk them through it. We even have a hidden camera to reveal elder abuse. And our tracking/fall device/SOS device is portable, waterproof, and has two-way sound, like a phone! Our vanguard product is our Trike Transporter: Seniors love this exception, safe, and affordable way to enjoy a bike ride and relive happy memories.

Robin Elliott    IPS Safety Inc.