How Wearable Technology Makes Senior Living Happier and Safer

Portrait of happy female caregiver and senior woman walking down a hall in a senior living community. Everyday Health Support Through Wearable Tech 

As their parents age, adult children often want them to live in a community that adequately supports their health and well-being. For independent-minded seniors, this transition to a more structured environment can be a hard sell. Senior living communities must balance all these needs, maintaining freedom for aging adults while providing necessary care. 

On top of that, running an assisted living community presents a host of daily challenges. With the health of dozens of individuals in your hands, making the best choices for your community is never an easy task — especially when staffing and budget constraints mean constantly finding the best ways to distribute resources. Providing a stimulating and dynamic environment while ensuring immediate care for older adults requires innovative solutions.    

The HandsFree Health team understands all of these challenges. That’s why we are dedicated to providing innovative solutions for seniors and the caregivers who look after them. Our wearable technology for senior living delivers consistent, immediate support without sacrificing self-sufficiency or safety. 

Discover how the WellBe® Smartwatch and the new WellBe Pendant create a happier, healthier community through the use of smart technology.   

The WellBe Smartwatch: Wearable Health Support 

Staying Healthy with Smart Technology

Senior residents stretching for physical exercise with hands raised while sitting in a park

The WellBe Smartwatch offers powerful wearable technology for senior living. It’s a tool for monitoring and alerting seniors and their caretakers about important health information. The integrated heart monitor can detect irregularities, allowing lifesaving intervention before more serious issues occur. The built-in pedometer helps keep track of activity, helping aging community members stick with fitness goals. Finally, the watch is fully integrated with other HandsFree Health systems, allowing the watch to track blood pressure, weight, and glucose levels, as well.

What makes WellBe special is its power as a HIPAA-compliant virtual health assistant, and the smartwatch wearable device lets seniors access the system wherever they go. WellBe reminds users to take medications and attend doctor’s appointments, plus it can even give personalized information on insurance benefits, taking pressure off support staff. The watch can also remind the user of upcoming events in the living community.

Keeping Seniors Safe 

Even the best senior living communities can’t watch all residents at all times. When emergencies strike, the WellBe smartwatch is a vital communication and support device. Smart voice technology allows older adults to call for help without any buttons, signaling staff and first responders. Two-way communication ensures the user doesn’t feel alone while waiting for help to arrive and allows medical staff to give them vital information instantly.    

For seniors who experience emergencies that leave them unable to communicate, the WellBe wearable tech provides additional solutions. The built-in GPS system means even if the user is unable to give their location to caregivers or emergency medical personnel, they can be easily found and assisted.   

A Wearable Device That’s Built to Be Active

Elderly woman seated, hugging younger female caregiver while both smile at the camera.

Many seniors resist wearing medical devices. For one, they are often bulky, and unsightly. Perhaps more significantly, though, medical devices can be a constant reminder that an aging adult’s health is not what it once was. The WellBe Smartwatch breaks the mold, delivering all the necessary healthcare functionality in a sleek, attractive package.    

The smartwatch looks like any other modern smart device, making it an easy, unobtrusive addition to a senior’s routine. It also comes preloaded with complete functionality, meaning no difficult, confusing, and time-consuming set-up. For a senior living community looking for a simple but powerful healthcare tool for their occupants, the WellBe Smartwatch fits the bill. 

Even better, the watch is water-resistant. This allows seniors to stay protected while bathing, swimming, or do other activities like gardening, without worrying about getting the watch wet. Community members can remain active, engaged, and independent while reducing the workload on caretakers.      

The WellBe Pendant: Small in Size. Big on Safety

A Low Profile Wearable Device for Everyday Use 

Aging can be a difficult process, and many community members may reject a caregiver’s help, even when needed. Health emergency buttons can provide a safeguard for independence-minded seniors, but they can also be a reminder of their age. Luckily, there’s a solution. 

Unlike wearable medical technology of the past, the WellBe Pendant includes comprehensive functionality packed  into a small, attractive, and lightweight device. This allows you to use your staff more effectively while giving your residents the freedom and safety they need.    

Emergency Response Meets Smart Tech

Like all HandsFree Health products, the pendant comes as a complete, connected health assistant. Boasting a 4G LTE cellular connection, WiFi, and Bluetooth 5 connectivity, the pendant is always online, ready to provide two-way communication and GPS location to living community staff and emergency medical responders. 

Make the Difference for Your Residents and Staff

Ready to see how wearable technology for senior living will change your community? Request a demo today! Or, shop HandsFree Health at our online store by clicking here.