We at Skylar recognize the critical role family caregivers play in seniors’ health – any solution that aims to improve senior health needs to also improve things for family caregivers. By providing information during an emergency, Skylar can help loved ones get help quicker and keep caregivers in the loop. And by managing information from one, simple app, Skylar can remove a lot of the guesswork and complexity that usually comes with senior care.
Throughout Skylar’s development, we have been interviewing family caregivers and getting insight into their daily work and interactions with their loved ones. For this Skylar Spotlight, we spoke with Priya Patel, a 21-year-old pharmacy student. She lives at home with her parents and 2 siblings and together, they care for paternal grandfather in his 70s, who suffered a serious head injury from a fall.
More people than ever are living long enough to develop non-communicable diseases and chronic conditions like Alzheimer's or cancer - in fact, it’s common for older adults to be living with two or more chronic conditions. Though seniors are living longer, they aren’t necessarily living healthier or more easily. To ease this burden, seniors often get help from unpaid caregivers, like family members.
Falls will happen, regardless of the measures seniors take. But, there are ways to make them much less severe than they would usually be. Through Skylar, seniors have a way to both react to falls fast and take steps like moving more, getting early warnings and reducing risky behavior.
In this Skylar Spotlight, we talked with Connie Lin, a 79-year-old grandmother from San Luis Obispo, California. She’s had two major falls, the most recent being last year, and shared with us how they’ve affected her life.
Falls are often scary – many of us feel a panic flow over us in the split-second we realize our footing isn’t as secure as we assumed. While for some, that panic is the worst part of a fall, for many seniors, falls can have damage that is difficult, if not impossible, to bounce back from.
If Kash had stayed in his hotel room for 10 more minutes, he would have had his heart attack alone. Unable to call for help himself, he wouldn’t have been found until it was too late. Luck saved Kash. But with Skylar, a person like him doesn’t need to rely on luck.