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From Limitations to Liberation: Enhancing Older Adults’ Mobility and Safety

Maintaining mobility becomes essential for our quality of life and overall health as people age. Being mobile enables older adults to remain independent, engage in physical activities, and enjoy their daily lives. But what happens when changes in mobility significantly impact an individual’s well-being and safety? For older adults, mobility issues can lead to an increased risk of falls, injuries, and a decline in overall health.

Exploring Mobility Solutions

As older adults’ mobility becomes challenging, canes, walkers, or wheelchairs are great options. These can help to maintain balance, provide support, and increase safety. Choosing the right mobility aid can significantly improve the quality of life for older adults, allowing them to move more freely and confidently.

Remote Therapeutic Monitoring: An Innovative Approach

Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) is a method that involves overseeing the mobility patterns and health information of older adults from a distance. This technology and the captured data enable physicians, nurses, and therapists to stay informed about mobility and health changes that can be used to provide timelier and more appropriate care. In many cases, RTM is reimbursable under Medicare Part B, many Medicare Advantage plans, and some commercial insurance carriers.

WalkWise: Smart Mobility Aid Attachments

WalkWise provides innovative smart mobility aid attachments that can be easily fastened on canes, walkers, and wheelchairs to monitor older adults’ mobility safely and effectively.

These devices send wireless notifications to inform therapy and medical staff about certain events or situations:

  • Inactivity
  • Excessive nighttime activity
  • Mobility aid usage compliance

This valuable data helps with the early detection of mobility decline, changes in resident behavior, timely fall prevention interventions, and data-driven care planning.

Why is Mobility Important for Older Adults?

Maintaining independence and engaging in activities that promote physical and mental well-being is crucial for older adults, and mobility is the key to achieving this. Regular movement can support cardiovascular health, muscular strength, and flexibility, while staying active can improve cognitive function and emotional health. Older adults can enjoy a higher quality of life when moving comfortably and safely.

Benefits of Maintaining Mobility

  • Independence: Mobility allows for daily activities without assistance.
  • Social Engagement: Being mobile enables participation in social activities and helps maintain relationships.
  • Health Benefits: Regular movement supports overall health and helps prevent conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Fall Prevention: Good mobility helps maintain balance and reduces the risk of falls.

Transform Your Senior Living Community

WalkWise offers solutions that provide the necessary data to create customized care plans and proactive interventions, leading to a better quality of life for older adults. By adopting these innovative tools, senior living communities can ensure the safety and well-being of their residents.

Ready to enhance care in your community? Contact us to learn more about our innovative mobility monitoring solutions today.


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