SENIORS – How to Avoid More Medical Costs

20160902_160906

As seniors, my wife and I experience the regularly rising costs of medication and all other forms of healthcare including dental, optical, surgery, X-rays, therapy, and more. Usually, Seniors have shrinking financial resources and burgeoning medical costs: not a recipe for peace of mind.

My wife’s hip replacement and knee problems were paid for by the government, however, we had to carry the costs of transporting her to doctors and surgeons, additional equipment like a wheelchair and a walker, physiotherapy, and so on. Fortunately, we had the money and I work from home and had the time to transport her, but we’re not all so fortunate. And we’re all waiting longer and longer for surgery.

In addition, because of drug addicts, less painkillers are available to us, even by doctor’s prescription, waiting times at general practitioners and for MRI’s get longer and longer. We paid for two MRI’s out of our own pocket to avoid the painful waits – well over a thousand dollars.

What to do?

Well, one thing we CAN do is to prevent falls, which lead to a lot of injuries and even to death. And when we do fall, we can summon help sooner. My wife’s friend was only rescued after lying on her bedroom floor for two days. This resulted in hospitalization (and she is a widow), and the doctor said that, had rescuers found her one day later, she would have been dead.

Another thing we can do is to find people with dementia quickly if they wander. Wandering Seniors with Alzheimers or dementia are often injured, mugged, fall, and even die.

At IP Safety Inc., we provide easy-to-use, proven devices to can help you do this. Visit our website or call us for more information.

Robin Elliott

Advertisements

It’s Not All Fun Getting Old

lifebuzz-26980c32c6d50862f38a0f31f1e5d0da-limit_2000

As we age, we tend to become, as a good friend of mine likes to put it, “more philosophical.” We don’t let things get to us like they used to. Experience has taught us how to handle tough times. And we don’t want to whine or be a nuisance, either. We like to be positive, have fun, and focus on the good and simple things in our lives. Like large print books, LayZBoys, big screen TV’s, good friends, meatloaf, and liver and onions.

But we know, and our adult children know, that we are far more likely to fall and not be able to get up, possibly breaking a bone or even a hip. The start of dementia can increase our chances of wandering and getting lost, which, in itself, can be very dangerous, leading to being robbed, bullied, or even killed. And forgetting to take our medicine, panicking, being abused by other Seniors with dementia or our caregivers or children, are all more likely as we get older.

It’s not all fun getting old, as we know, but we need to protect ourselves and be careful. Our adult children are often sandwiched between caring about us and their own kids, too.

Our motto at IPS Safety Inc. is “Certainty in a Sea of Insecurity.” We provide proven products that are simple to use and ideal for Seniors (and our grandchildren, by the way) and that can add to our peace of mind as well as the peace of mind of our adult children. Perhaps we can help your spouse or a friend. Either way, visit our website here for more information.

Robin Elliott

 

Know any Seniors? Work with Seniors? Want to Make More Money?

20160606_134212

IPS Safety Inc. provides products to enhance the safety, peace of mind, and protection of Senior Citizens nd the children of Senior Citizens all over North America. (These proven, easy-to-use and affordable products can also be used for by the parents of young children, at homes and in businesses.)

Yes, we at IPSSafety Inc. offer people like you the opportunity to earn a generous 15% commission on all the purchases as well as regular monthly payments from clients whom you have introduced to our valuable products. (This is not Network Marketing. We are an established, licensed and insured Canadian business.)

There is no cost at all to you and we provide you with all the marketing tools and information you need at no charge. You don’t have to sell anything, and we do all the background work. You simply share your four digit code (e.g. 1234 – see example below) that they can use to obtain a 5% discount on all our products and direct them to our website. They pay us, we ship the items, and we pay you! Every month, you can see your check grow.

Use our flyers and our website, and our training and support, and help Seniors and the children of Seniors to live safer, more comfortable lives with less stress. And get well paid for it.

Visit our website to find out more about who we are and what we do and feel free to contact me direct with any questions you may have. My personal phone number here in Vancouver BC is 1.604.785.2536 Pacific Time, 9am to 6pm daily Monday through Friday.

Robin Elliott

Director of Sales and Marketing, IPS Safety Inc.

unnamed

 

 

 

Peace of Mind for the Children of Elderly Parents

20160817_112322

Peace of mind for you and your Senior Citizen Parents is at hand. You and they worry about them falling, wandering and getting lost if they have dementia, and how they’re coping alone. You worry about how they’re being treated by their caregivers or other adult children, too.

From CBC News: 

In 2007, Statistics Canada reported that the overall rate of police-reported violence against seniors increased by 20 percent between 1998 and 2005.

Seniors are the least likely demographic to suffer violent crime, but they are most at risk of suffering violence at the hand of a family member.

For those over 65, 47 out of every 100,000 women were violently assaulted by a family member, according to 2005 statistics. For men over the age of 65, the figure was 36 cases per 100,000 population.

The biggest perpetrators of violence against seniors were adult children (15 per 100,000 cases) or a current or former spouse (13 per 100,000).

Elder abuse can take several forms. Among them:

  • Neglect: Signs include unkempt appearance, broken glasses, lack of appropriate clothing as well as malnutrition, dehydration and poor personal hygiene.
  • Physical Abuse: Signs include untreated or unexplainable injuries in various stages of healing, limb and skull fractures, bruises, black eyes and welts.
  • Psychological/emotional abuse: Watch for changes in behaviour (emotional upset/agitation resulting in sucking, biting, rocking), withdrawal or non-responsiveness.
  • Economic/financial abuse: Watch for sudden changes in bank accounts or banking activity, and major changes to legal documents such as powers of attorney and wills.

At IPSSafety, our mission is to make the world a safer, happier place for the vulnerable in our society and those who love them. We provide devices and cameras that are easy to use and set up that will provide you with peace of mind that you may never have thought would be yours. Find out more about what we can do for you here.

Robin Elliott

The Sandwich Generation

20160824_113527

I thought the tears streaming down her cheeks would drop into her tea. Susan told us she was part of the “Sandwich Generation” – sandwiched between caring for her young children and her looking after her aged parents. Her story went something like this:

“My husband and I both have to hold down full-time jobs to keep up with the cost of raising our young children and to supplement my parents’ income – like many others, their pensions simply can’t keep up with the rising cost of living and their medical expenses.

I worry about them all the time; my dad is in the first stages of dementia and I’m terrified that he will wander away and get lost, and my mom has fallen twice. The first time, she broke her hip! I spend more and more time driving to them to check up on them. 

“I worry about the caregivers I hire to help me look after my young children, too are they kind to them, do they ignore them when I’m not around? What if my kids get lost or abducted, or they need my help? They’re too young to have mobile phones.”

These are common problems for many of us today. Many seniors and young children are abused by their caregivers and falls are very common challenges among senior citizens.

IPSSafety provided the following optional Peace of Mind Solutions to this stressed, sad lady:

For her parents, we suggested they each use a Guardian V10 device. This easy to use, simple, GPS, waterproof, two-way voice device would enable her parents to contact her or 911 or another family member if they were in trouble, it would notify the same people if one of her parents fell, with their GPS coordinates, and if her dad did wander away, we would be able to track his whereabouts and find him before he got hurt, mugged, or even killed!

We also suggested three WIFI wireless cameras that she could use to check up on them on her cell phone, without having to drive to check up on them physically all the time.

For her children, we suggested the same Guardian V10 devices, and the infrared cameras would enable her to see and hear remotely and in real time how her children were being treated by their caregiver!

Then, we showed her how to earn money by recommending our services to others!

IPSSafety has all the solutions you need. Our motto is:

Certainty in a Sea of Insecurity

 

 

Old Age Brings Perspective

20160812_104552

I should add, “for some,” because some people don’t seem to enjoy the capacity to evolve and mature. Having said that, wander through the malls, Dollar Stores, hospitals, Senior Care Homes, and graveyards and one tends to renew one’s perspective on what is important and what isn’t.

The amount of lonely Seniors living in pain, poverty, regret, and with ill health reminds us what we should regard as success. The new car, big house, corner office, and impressive title fade into insignificance in our later years. The benefits of being financially “comfortable” certainly count; one can “suffer in comfort”, afford the best medical attention – fast, travel, hire help and enjoy the best food and lodgings.

All our choices in life seem to culminate in old age. The consequences of a humble, decent, healthy, balanced, godly life of productivity, good choices, responsibility and discipline should be balanced against that of an unhealthy life of extremes, debauchery, selfishness, and pride long before we reach our autumn years. Suddenly, old age is upon us, when we will need as much support and help as we can get.

My uncle died of emphysema from his life of smoking, accompanied acute sadness and guilt at the loss of one of his sons because of my uncle’s neglect of that boy: both terrible consequences of his selfish, egocentric  choices. My neighbour enjoys the love of an adoring family, well deserved, because of her loving , generous nature, (not that this guarantees adoring offspring.)

We all make bad choices in life, and we can help future generations by sharing our experiences with them. I try to impart some of this to the thirteen-year-old boys in my Sunday School class in the hope that some of them may avoid some of my stupid mistakes.

Finally, we learn, in our dotage, that focusing on helping others alleviates our own pain, keeps us busy, gives provides us with relief and support, and potentially builds new friendships with like-minded people

At IPS Safety, our mission is helping Seniors to enjoy and safer life.

Robin Elliott  IPSSafety.com

Swimming Helps Prevent Falls!

20160824_111804

An article by Aquamobile tells us that swimming helps prevent falls in Senior Citizens:

How Does Swimming Benefit Senior Citizens?

  • Improves heart health: As we age, our heart and cardiovascular system weakens, but swimming provides a boost to the heart that makes it stronger, larger and improves daily physical endurance. As an added bonus, swimming also reduces the risk of heart and lung disease.
  • Low impact on joints: Jogging and even walking are a strain on a senior’s joints. Swimming provides a sense of weightlessness that eases pressure off your hips, knees and spine, making it a workout that offers a healthy alternative for those suffering from arthritis and may ease discomfort.
  • Reduces risk of osteoporosis: This is especially of concern for elderly women who lose bone mineral density as they age and can lead to broken bones. In fact, one in three women over 50 and a fifth of men will suffer a bone fracture.
  • Increased flexibility: The low impact support of the water allows the body to move freely without obstruction especially in the hips, legs and neck, all of which are common sources of tightness for seniors.
  • Improves mental health: Swimming has been proven to reduce stress and increase endorphins, which brings a sense of joy. It also provides a social activity that makes exercise feel like less of a chore and gives seniors a reason to get out of the house.

Our lower body and core strength are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle late into life, however many seniors are limited to the physical activity they can do regularly. What might be the most important benefit of swimming is the opportunity for a senior to overcome their fear of falling, while at the same time reducing discomfort from a previous fall. Swimming can also be invaluable to building a social life in your “golden years” with plenty of opportunities at your local pool or YMCA to meet others, while reducing risk of injury and social isolation, a reality that far too many seniors are facing.

It’s never too late to learn how to swim or brush up on your swimming skills!

Click here to find out about our Fall Notification Device.