The on-demand economy: Changing the way we live as we age

On-Demand & Sharing Economies Aide Tech Friendly Seniors Age In Place.

the National Association of Senior Move Managers® blog

DSC01785a1449616390Excellent article in The Washington Post encouraging us to assume nothing about older adults & aging.

Companies such as Instacart, Uber and TaskRabbit may be known for their appeal to young, urban consumers, but they may soon influence older adults’ lives just as profoundly. Offering alternatives to traditional, senior-oriented services, these companies stand to transform how the older demographic gets things done.

At 88, Sally Lindover already participates as both a user and a provider in what’s known as the on-demand and sharing economy.

She recently signed up for home delivery services following a trip to France with a younger tour group. “I’m so competitive, of course I had to keep up with them,” Lindover says. The result was some lower-back pain that made it difficult for her to walk to the grocery store when she returned home to Cambridge, Mass.

So she started using Instacart, a company that does…

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Top 5 Features of the Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

The Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 is a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. Proudly Made in the USA, here are the top five features of the Titan 500.

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

  1. POWERED BY RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES  The Titan 500 is reliable. Our fully charged batteries can provide up to 75 lifts per charge on average. No daily charging is necessary; once a week is adequate for most users.
  2. LIFTS UP TO 500 LBS.  Have confidence in the Titan 500. Our 6061 Aluminum frame is heavy duty but lightweight. Our lift motor and accessories, including our slings, are rated to lift up to 500lbs. A family caregiver can easily transfer someone much larger than themselves with little effort.
  3. EASY TO USE & MAINTAIN  The Titan 500 requires little maintenance other than keeping the battery charged. A simple rocker switch on the hand-held remote operates the lift. The motor unit glides freely along the overhead track to complete the transfer process in under 5 minutes.
  4. INSTALLS IN MINUTES / PORTABLE  The lift comes partially assembled and fully assembles in 20 minutes. The system can be moved from room to room fully assembled or it can be completely disassembled and moved to another location entirely. The lift does not attach to the home in any way.
  5. THE TITAN 500 IS AFFORDABLE  Our complete system costs about the same as an electric floor-based lift (Hoyer). When comparing our system with other freestanding options, we are the lowest cost complete lift system on the market. Our entire system costs the same as the lift motor alone on other similar systems. The Titan 500 includes a universal sling and free shipping in the continental U.S.
The Titan 500 is proudly American made and offers a complete lifting solution for home health care at one low price.  The system includes:
  • Freestanding Frame with 8, 10 or 12 Foot Overhead Beam
  • Rechargeable Electric Lift Motor with Emergency Down & Emergency Stop Systems
  • Four-Point Lift Bar
  • Remote Control
  • Battery Charger
  • Universal Sling (Four Sizes to Choose From)
  • Free Shipping
For more information, visit our website, find us on Facebook and view our channel on YouTube.
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Titan 500 with 8 Foot Overhead Beam and a Large Universal Sling

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Limited Mobility & Health Care in the Home

Limited mobility affects people of all ages. Symptoms that cause the limited mobility can come on quick or develop over time. Whether it is a senior aging safely in their home or a young person affected by chronic disease or traumatic injury, care for that individual will often fall on a family member first. Every case is different, but preparation of the home for the patient’s future needs will be at the top of the list. The basic activities of daily living will be addressed and a care plan will be formed.

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Homes come in many different sizes and shapes. For someone with limited mobility, the home environment will need to be modified to create a functional space for receiving home health care. In the case of the elderly aging in place, home modifications can be made over time to address problems before they arise. For those affected by chronic disease or traumatic injury, many decisions must be made fairly quickly. Where will the patient live? Who will take care of the patient? What equipment must be purchased? Can the home accommodate the patient? Who will pay for all of this?

For those confined to a wheelchair or unable to move about on their own, the typical home can present many obstacles. First and foremost, getting in and out of the home. Second, is the bedroom accessible? Solutions to these problems often are based on the budget available. Those without budget constraints may add permanent concrete ramps, elevators or stair lifts, custom ceiling-mounted lifts for the bed and bath and even custom cabinetry in the kitchen. Those with limited budgets will have to spend their money wisely. They may build a wooden ramp, care for the patient in the den or family room, purchase a low-cost patient lift and shower chair and make small modifications to their kitchen and bath.

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The costs of home health care can add up quickly, but it often is still more affordable than assisted living or nursing homes. If the patient does not need constant care or if a family member is available to care for the individual, savings can be found. The new ABLE accounts available in 2016 will help families save for care for those young people suffering from chronic disease or traumatic injury, tax-free without affecting other benefits designed to help those struggling to pay for care, like social security.

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Traxx Mobility Systems Titan 500 Freestanding Overhead Patient Lift

Traxx Mobility Systems offers the Titan 500, a freestanding overhead patient lift designed for home health care. The lift does not attach to the structure and can be placed nearly anywhere in the home. The overhead lift provided by the Titan 500 protects the caregiver and patient from injuries associated with the stress and strain of using a floor-based lift in the home. The electric lift motor is fully rechargeable and is rated to lift up to 500 lbs. The low price of our entire system, including the sling and shipping, is less than two months stay in a nursing home. It is comparable in cost to an electric floor-based lift or a portable electric lift motor by itself.

In reality, the obstacles that society has designed into the home and communities are the issues that need to be addressed. Technology will only help so much, the physical nature of our environments need to change to be inclusive of people of all abilities and ages. Those affected by limited mobility are not any less independent that you and me.

For more information on the Titan 500, view our website, find us on Facebook and watch our YouTube channel.

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