A majority of older adults would prefer “aging in place” — remaining in their current homes or communities — and a new study reveals the success of using sensor technology and onsite care coordination to do just that. Researchers at the University of Missouri studied residents living at TigerPlace, an independent living community that uses these technologies to maintain residents’ health, to find out how this would impact independent resident living.
The study’s findings are impressive. Most notably, TigerPlace residents doubled their length of stay using care coordination and then nearly doubled their length of stay again due to having sensor technology in their apartments. This important because length of stay indicates that the residents’ health remained stable enough for them to continue living independently instead of being transferred to an advanced care facility or a hospital. The study’s results are especially impactful for consumers. Beyond being able to age in place, comparing the cost of living at TigerPlace with the sensor technology versus living in a nursing home reveals potential cost savings of about $30,000 per person.
Learn more about how technology and care coordination together are not only helping older adults maintain their health and continue living independently longer, but also helping rein in costs.