Ageing care | The reality of caring in the UK
WRITTEN BY USER ON 23RD NOVEMBER 2023
Are you providing ageing care for your loved one?
Whether you’re checking in to make sure they’re okay, arranging professional care, or providing care within your home, looking after an elderly person is a huge responsibility.
Keep reading to discover more about the reality of ageing care across the UK:
Caring for a loved one
Caring for a loved one is common throughout the UK, and after surveying a total of over 6,000 people, we uncovered a range of key statistics regarding care.
This is a vast number of the population — and, with the rising life expectancy and advancing healthcare, it has the potential to keep growing.
Concerns about your elderly loved ones dealing with potential vulnerabilities, such as injuries or falls when left alone, are common in all types of ageing care.
We discovered that this is a similar statistic across the country among those who care for their elderly loved ones. Of the six thousand people we surveyed, we found that this is a concern for many carers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
To combat this, we created Sentai sensors and a clicker. These are an unobtrusive method of detecting your loved ones’ movements and helping alert you if they’ve been in an accident. Discreet and subtle, our sensors can provide much-needed relief to carers.
Having a visitor is a great way for elderly loved ones to stay social and maintain strong relationships. But, according to our research, carers may find it difficult to visit their loved ones as much as they would like.
According to our survey, 20% of carers in England, 19% in Scotland, 13.7% in Northern Ireland, and 16% in Wales, are unable to make those frequent visits. We also discovered that 51.2% of carers in the UK worry about their loved ones experiencing loneliness.
These figures could decrease with the help of Sentai AI. Our technology integrates with Amazon Alexa. This enables your loved ones to communicate with you and arrange visits whenever they need to. Combined with the AI’s intelligent conversational features, this aids in companionship whilst allowing more frequent communication.
Worrying about loved ones
We discovered that a very percentage of carers in the UK worry about their loved ones when they’re unable to be with them.
A big concern for carers is their loved one having a fall and not being able to get to the phone to call for help. This affected 32% of English carers, 36% of Scottish carers, 39% of Welsh carers and 29% of Northern Irish carers.
At Sentai, our aim is to ease some of these concerns. Our technology can assist you in creating reminders for your loved ones to take prescribed medications or follow through on plans. It also sends you notifications if your loved one is having problems and requires your help.
Whilst we understand the challenges faced in ageing care, we want to continue improving our technology. We aim to provide relief for carers and support for users, promoting independent living for as long as possible.
The above statistics show that there are gaps in the ageing care field. At Sentai, we offer a device that provides companionship, reassurance and assistance — offering peace of mind for the elderly, their carers, and their loved ones.
With Sentai AI, your loved one can set appointments or medication reminders, engage in conversation, and call family members. The Sentai sensor detects unusual activity, such as people’s movement, and can send out alerts — reducing the pressure on ageing caregivers, whilst allowing older members of the community to live as independently as possible.
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