2.8 million elderly people are injured from falls, 800,000 are hospitalized, and 27,000 die from their injuries.
Broken shoulders, broken hips, and head traumas lead to greater dependency on caregivers and significantly decreased quality of life for elders.
The US currently has 50 million people over 65 years of age and this is going to rise to over 70 million by 2029.
Healthcare is facing a crisis in the next 10 years as this number increases, with fewer people available to care for them.
Medicare and Medicaid spend over $50 billion annually to treat injuries associated with elderly falls, and this is projected to be over $96 billion by 2029.
Caregivers are busy. Whether at home or in facilities like nursing homes and hospitals, reminding forgetful elders to use their walkers can require an overwhelming amount of time and attention.
i-Tell Alert bridges the gap between the individual and their walker. It enhances the user's safety because it is always there reminding them, even when care givers can’t be.
The i-Tell Alert walker module easily attaches to the elder's current walker. It then sends a signal to their i-Tell wristband causing vibrations, lights and beeping (if desired) if they start to leave without their walker. It is re-chargeable and waterproof.
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Current devices on the market are reactive. They only send alerts to caregivers and medical professionals AFTER a fall has occurred.
i-Tell Alert is proactive. We want to prevent falls from happening, keeping elders safe and reducing the need for frequent caregiver reminders.
i-Tell Alert has developed proof of concept prototypes and is currently fundraising to finalize the device and make it available to the many who need it.
We are aiming to have a commercial product available on the market in the summer of 2019.