Isaac Care – Supporting People Living with Dementia

Isaac Care – Supporting People Living with Dementia

With over 20 years’ experience in the care industry, Isaac Care understand the challenges of supporting people living with dementia to live independently. In this blog we will outline how Isaac Care and other resources can support and care for those living with dementia.

There are approximately to be 64,000 people diagnosed with dementia in Ireland and 850,000 over in the UK. It is estimated there will be 150,000 people in Ireland, diagnosed with dementia by 2045. Dementia is an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type.

Support for People Living with Dementia

  • Alzheimer Society of Ireland – The Alzheimer Society of Ireland works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers.
  • Dementia UK – call for free on 0800 888 6678 for support from our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses. The Helpline is open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday to Sunday.
  • Homecare SupportsMyhomecare and Care 24/7 take the time to understand the person, learn their life story and meet their family so that we can understand how best to meet their specific needs and most importantly improve their quality of life.
  • Memory Technology Resource Rooms – These rooms are for people who would like to know more about products and devices which can help manage memory difficulties. To find one near you click here.

How Isaac can Support for those caring for someone living with dementia

Isaac Care is committed to supporting those living with dementia and their families. We offer a range of support to help people living with dementia, including:

  • The Isaac circle of care app – sharing the care responsibility. The Isaac family caring app has been designed to support families in caring for their loved ones. It allows for easy communication and brings together information from our assistive devices into one platform, allowing the relevant circles of care to be kept up to date.
  • The Isaac Fall alarm – Our next generation fall alarm allows the service user to easily call for help, whether at home or out and about. They have reassurance that our team are there to monitor calls 24/7 and that their family are notified of any fall alert through the Isaac app.
  • Easily set up GPS Zones and receive notifications when the device enters/leaves these zones e.g. home, shop, supermarket.
  • The Isaac Health kit – weight decline is a concern for people living with dementia, our remote monitoring service is proactive and keeps an eye on the persons’ health over time allowing for early interventions on the first sign of declining health.
  • The Isaac Ambient Sensors – These discreet sensors are placed throughout the home and detect patterns of activity, alerting if there is any concerning change in pattern including doors opening in the middle of the night or changes in daily patterns of behaviour.

“Provides peace of mind for me because I know where he is and if he has a fall, it alerts me straight away. I can check on the GPS and find him immediately”

– Marion Mooney, Primary Carer

Activities For People With Dementia

There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to finding activities for people with dementia. However, some general tips may be useful in finding activities that are both enjoyable and beneficial for someone with dementia.

Some things to keep in mind when choosing activities include:

  • The person’s interests and abilities. What did they enjoy doing before they developed dementia? What are they still able to do?

  • The level of support needed. Some activities may require more assistance than others.
  • The environment. Is the activity taking place in a safe and familiar setting?

Having dementia doesn’t mean you can no longer do the things you once enjoyed. There are a range of activities that will help improve the overall wellbeing of someone with Dementia

Exercise. Even moderate exercise can improve mood, sleep, and overall health.

Social: Staying social is so important for everyone’s mental well-being. Stay in touch with friends or join a social group such as walking or look out for dementia friendly classes to help you stay active.

Reminiscence work: Share past life experiences or stories using videos, photos or through music. Being unable to recall memories, or people can be a stressful event for individuals. Reminiscence therapy helps to elicit positive memories without the pressure and confusion of continuous direct questioning.

It’s important to experiment with different activities to find what works best for the person with dementia. What is pleasurable for one person may not be enjoyable for another. It may take some trial and error to find the right activity, but it’s worth the effort to help improve the quality of life for someone with dementia.

Managing Dementia

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing dementia, as each person experiences the condition differently. Treatment focuses on slowing the progression of the disease and managing symptoms.

After diagnoses there is ways, you can help manage dementia and to maintain independence for as long as possible. Ways you can manage it are lifestyle interventions, such as exercise, diet and social engagement, can help people with dementia live better lives.

Another way to help manage dementia is to provide emotional support. This can include being a good listener, providing encouragement, and offering reassurance. It is also important to be patient and to understand that the person with dementia may not be able to communicate as well as they used to.

Finally, you can help by providing practical assistance. Isaac Care can assist in this way through the use of the Reminder feature, to remind the person to take medication, about upcoming events or appointments. Isaac Cares Two Way Call feature is also beneficial so that the person can receive help from a loved one or medical professional if needed.

By providing support in these ways, you can help the person with dementia to maintain their independence and quality of life.

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What is Independent Living

What is Independent Living

There are a number of reasons why older people might choose to live at home rather than in a retirement facility or with family. For some, it’s simply a matter of independence – they want to maintain their own home and their own lifestyle for as long as possible.

At Isaac Care, We believe that people are happiest when effectively cared for in their own homes, and we aim to give families the tools and support they need to enable their loved ones to live safely and independently at home. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits and barriers that come with independent living, and how Isaac Care can help you live independently at home.

Benefits of Independent Living

Independent living has many benefits for everyone. One of the most important is that it allows older people or people with additional needs to maintain their independence. Those who live independently are able to make their own decisions about their lives and are not reliant on others for care or assistance. Additionally, independent living can help people stay active and engaged in their communities. It also provides opportunities for social interaction and can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Finally, independent living can be less expensive than other types of living arrangements, such as assisted living or nursing homes.

Independent living is a good option for those who are able or rather to take care of themselves. It offers people the chance to stay where they can be independent, have control over their lives and where they feel most comfortable. If you are considering independent living for yourself or a loved one, be sure to research all of the available options to find the best fit.

Barriers to Independent Living

Independent living skills are those which allow an individual to fend for themselves without the need for regular assistance from others. This can include everything from budgeting and cooking to maintaining a home and keeping up with personal hygiene. For older people, independent living skills are often seen as vital in allowing them to maintain their independence and quality of life as they age.

There are many potential barriers to independent living as an older person. These can include physical limitations, cognitive decline and social isolation. Isaac Care has been created keeping in mind all of these barriers of independent living, and as a result we have produced ways to overcome these barriers.

Physical limitations can make it difficult to perform activities during the day, also make it hard to get around the home or go outside. – Isaac Care has a GPS enabled fall alarm which links with our family caring app. This gives peace of mind to the person living alone but also their loved ones that if there was a fall in the home or out and about, help is on the way.

Cognitive decline can make it difficult to remember certain tasks such as taking essential medication – Isaac Care’s reminder feature is there to notify you to take any medication or to remind you on any upcoming appointments or events.

Social isolation can be a major barrier to independent living – Older people who live alone may have little contact with the outside world and may become lonely and isolated. This can lead to depression and other mental health problems. – Isaac Care has a Link Feature for news, games or any areas of interests. This feature allows you to easily bookmark websites of interest, so that people who are not familiar with technology can easily access the websites they want through our easy to use interface.

Difficulty managing chronic conditions from home – Isaac Care provides a remote monitoring service, supporting you to take control of your own health and effectively manage your health from home. We step in with early interventions at the first sign of declining health, allowing you to get any potential problems seen to quickly and get effective and timely care. 

Independent living skills can often be learned through formal programs or classes, or simply by trial and error. However, it is important for elders to have access to the resources and support they need in order to develop these skills. This can include everything from family and friends to professional services.

‘It’s a relief that we have something, my sister lives far away and my brother works full time. We can’t be there all the time but knowing that we have the app and will get a call if something happens is very reassuring. 
Isaac Care is helping us avoid going down the carer route, while Mam is still mobile and independent’  

Sharon McQuillan, PRIMARY CARER

How Isaac Care can help you live Independently

At Isaac Care our goal is to support people to live in their own homes as they age. Our range of assistive technology and 24/7 support allows us to do this, while keeping families and loved ones up to date through our circle of care app. 

1. Easy communication through Circles of Care – While the fall alarm gives the care recipient the confidence that they can maintain their independence with help on hand at the touch of a button, the Isaac app provides many benefits to their friends, families and everyone involved in their care.
2. Calendar Management- The calendar feature allows care circles to keep updated on the care recipients’ appointments and events. When adding an appointment you can choose what circle of care will be able to see this event in their calendar.
3. 24/7 Reassurance and Support – Our dedicated team are on hand to monitor any fall or SOS alerts 24/7, 365 days a year.
4. Early Interventions – The health monitoring feature allows you to keep track of vital readings, providing a detailed picture of the care recipient’s health over time. This allows for early intervention if there is a sudden change in the care recipients readings.

Whatever the reason, there are a few things that those who choose to live independently should keep in mind. First, it’s important to stay active and engaged in order to maintain both your physical and mental health. This can be done by joining social groups, taking part in activities you enjoy, and keeping up with your hobbies. Additionally, it’s important to make sure your home is safe and accessible – this may involve making some modifications, such as installing handrails or widening doorways.

Finally, it’s a good idea to have a support network in place in case you need help with things like transportation, grocery shopping, or home maintenance. With the help of Isaac Care, we aim to keep you living independently, safely.

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What Is Vitals Monitoring?

Vitals Monitoring

What Is A Vitals Monitoring?

Vitals monitoring is the process of tracking and recording a patient’s vital signs, which include heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, and body temperature. This data can be used to help assess a patient’s overall health and well-being, and can also be helpful in detecting early signs of illness or disease.

There are a variety of ways to monitor vitals, such as taking a pulse and using a wearable device. Patient monitoring is typically performed by healthcare professionals, but there are also some devices and apps that allow patients to track their own vitals at home.

Why is Vitals Monitoring Important?

Patient monitoring is an important part of healthcare because it can provide valuable information about a patient’s health. For example, if a patient’s blood pressure is consistently high, this could be an early sign of hypertension (high blood pressure). If a patient’s respiration rate is consistently low, this could be an early sign of respiratory distress.

Patient monitoring can also help to identify trends in a patient’s health over time and in some cases, vitals monitoring can even help to predict future health problems.. For instance, if a patient’s heart rate tends to spike after meals, this could be indicative of an underlying heart condition.

While patient monitoring is primarily used as a tool for diagnosing and treating illness, it can also be used for preventive purposes. For instance, if a patient’s vitals are monitored closely, healthcare professionals may be able to identify lifestyle changes that could help improve the patient’s overall health.

What are the Different Types of Vitals?

There are four main types of vitals: heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, and body temperature.

  • Heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. It can be measured manually by taking your pulse or with a wearable device.
  • Blood pressure is the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries. It can be measured manually or automatically with a wearable device.
  • Respiration rate is the number of times you breathe per minute. It can be measured manually by counting your breaths or automatically with a wearable device.
  • Body temperature is your internal body temperature. It can be measured manually with a thermometer or automatically with a wearable device.

Who Could Benefit from Vitals Monitoring?

A person monitoring her health vitals by pulse

There are a variety of people who could benefit from vitals monitoring, including:

Elderly patients: Vitals monitoring can help elderly patients maintain their independence and live safely at home.

Patients with chronic conditions: Patient monitoring can help patients with chronic conditions track their health data helping detect and identify potential problems early.

Those with multiple chronic conditions: Vitals monitoring can help patients with multiple chronic conditions track their health data and coordinate their care.

People who are hospitalized: Vitals monitoring can help hospitalized patients stay on top of their health status and avoid complications.

Patient Monitoring At Home with Isaac Care

One of Isaac Care’s unique features is the ability to monitor your health vitals from the comfort of your own home. Isaac Care’s monitoring is simple and easy to use. All the equipment is sent out to you preconfigured to ensure you have a swift set up. Monitoring your vitals at home means less hospital or doctor visits, early detection and the peace of mind your being looked after, without leaving the house.

The main benefit of Isaac Cares Vitals Monitoring feature is that when you go to the doctor, they can see how the patients’ health and trends look like over a long period of time such as blood pressure levels, glucose levels and activity levels. All this information is essential for early intervention, keeping people well .

Information is uploaded to the Circle of Care app which can be viewed by family members, caregivers or the person’s doctor.

Isaac Care allows for easy and effective monitoring of health trends over time. Our unique combination of remote patient monitoring, 24/7 fall response and personal care allows us to ensure the right care, is provided in the right place and at the right time. Allowing for data driven decision making and early interventions at the first sign of deteriorating health, Isaac Care is the ideal solution for effective home health monitoring.
– Lauren Byrne, Isaac Care

Benefits of Vitals Monitoring Include:

people who may benefit from vital monitoring
  • Improved patient outcomes: Monitoring can help improve patient outcomes by providing healthcare professionals with real-time data that can be used to make informed decisions about a patient’s care.
  • Reduced hospitalizations: Health Monitoring can help reduce hospitalizations by helping healthcare professionals identify potential problems early and intervene before a patient’s condition worsens.
  • Lower healthcare costs: Vitals monitoring can help lower healthcare costs by reducing the need for expensive interventions, such as hospitalizations.
  • Improved coordination of care: Patient Monitoring help improve the coordination of care by providing healthcare professionals with a complete picture of a patient’s health status.

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Personal Alarm Guide: What Is A Personal Alarm?

Personal Alarms

If you or someone you love is at risk of falling, lives alone or wants to feel more safe in general, a personal alarm can give you the peace of mind knowing that help is just a push of a button away. In this blog we discuss what is a personal alarm, the benefits of a personal alarm and who can benefit the most from using one. 

What Is A Personal Alarm?

A personal alarm is a small, portable device that contacts a loved one, carer or emergency services in the event of a fall or an emergency.

A personal pendant alarm can alert emergency services or loved ones if you experience a fall or need help. Pendant alarms are an effective way to improve safety for seniors, people with disabilities, and anyone who lives alone or has a history of falls. They can provide peace of mind for both the user and their family or carers, knowing that help is close at hand if needed.

5 Benefits Of A Personal Alarm

A personal alarm can provide a sense of security and peace of mind for people of all ages. For elders, people who live alone or those with disabilities, a personal alarm can be a valuable tool for maintaining independence and safety. Here are some of the benefits of having a personal alarm:

1. Personal alarms can help to reduce the risk of falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four adults over the age of 65 falls each year.

2. Personal alarms can provide peace of mind in case of an emergency.

3. Personal alarms can help to keep loved ones safe and connected.

4. Personal alarms can give users a sense of independence and empowerment.

5. Personal alarms can be a valuable tool for caregivers and families. They can also help loved ones and caregivers know when someone has fallen or need help, so they can provide assistance if needed.

Who Can Benefit From Using A Personal Alarm?

A young and old man sitting under a tree with a laptop

Most people think that personal alarms are only for the elderly or infirm. However, this is not the case. There are a number of people who can benefit from the use of a personal alarm. Here are just a few:


Seniors can benefit from personal alarms in a number of ways. For instance, if you live alone, a personal alarm can provide reassurance that help is always nearby in case of an emergency. A personal alarm can give peace of mind to both seniors and their loved ones by ensuring that assistance is always close at hand. Additionally, some seniors suffer from conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia, which can make it difficult to remember to call for help in an emergency.

People With Additional Needs:

People with additional needs often face unique safety challenges. For example, if you use a wheelchair, it may be difficult to reach a phone in an emergency. A personal alarm can provide an easy way to call for help, even if you can’t physically reach a phone. Additionally, many personal alarms now offer features like GPS tracking, which can be especially helpful for people with additional needs.

Parents of Young Children

Parents of young children know all too well the importance of being able to call for help quickly in an emergency. Whether your child has a medical condition that requires quick assistance or you simply want a way to reach emergency services if you can’t get to a phone, a personal alarm can be a lifesaver. Many personal alarms now offer features like two-way calling and GPS tracking, which can give parents even more peace of mind.

People Who Work Alone:

If you work alone, whether you’re a delivery driver, a store clerk, or a home healthcare worker, a personal alarm can provide an extra layer of safety. In the event of an attack or accident, a personal alarm can summon help quickly, even if you can’t reach a phone. Additionally, many personal alarms now offer features like GPS tracking, which can be helpful if you work in a remote location or are concerned about being attacked.

No matter your age or lifestyle, a personal alarm can be a valuable addition to your safety plan. Choose the right device for your needs and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing help is always close at hand.

What Makes Isaac Care Different From Other Personal Alarms?

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There are many personal alarms on the market, but what makes Isaac Care unique? Our focus is on providing a comprehensive solution that meets the needs of people and their families. Here are some of the key features that make us stand out:

  • Our dedicated team are on hand 24/7, 365 days per year to respond to any SOS or fall alert
  • The pendant allows for two way calling through the device itself, allowing the user to speak directly to their emergency contacts or our dedicated call centre in the event of a fall.
  • Easily set up GPS Zones and receive notifications when the device enters/leaves these zones e.g. home, shop, supermarket.
  • Connects to our FREE family caring app “Isaac Care”, where the relevant people will be notified of any Fall/SOS alerts and be able to view the GPS location of the device.
  • The Pendant is not only unnoticeable, it’s very light and is comfortable to wear around the neck
  • Isaac Cares pendant can be used while on the go, the personal alarm works both inside the home and when out and about.
  • Isaac Care is designed to be user friendly, the device simple and easy to use and also works straight out of the box when you receive it.

 “I have confidence in the fact that if something happened, she has the ability to immediately contact me and to alert me to the fact she’s in trouble. It’s confidence inspiring to see that the Isaac Pendant two-way communication system does work, that’s the biggest thing for us.” – Padraig, Primary Carer.

Where Can I Purchase A Personal Alarm?

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to order an Isaac Care pendant. Check out our website to check out the range of packages we have available. Order a personal alarm today and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re protected.

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Remote Patient Monitoring: How Does it Work?

Remote Patient Monitoring: How Does it Work?

Remote patient monitoring has been rapidly gaining in popularity in recent years. In an age when mobile devices are available to everyone, remote patient monitoring can be convenient and effective, enabling people to take charge of their own health. But what is it, and how does it work?

In this blog post, we will discuss remote patient monitoring, how it works and how it can benefit both patients and healthcare providers.

What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a method of healthcare delivery that uses technology to monitor patients remotely. This can be done via phone, computer, or another type of remote device. RPM allows healthcare providers to collect data from patients and then make decisions about their care based on that data.

Health data may be collected manually and entered into a remote patient monitoring system or it may use biosensors, fitness trackers, and other wellness devices to automatically or continuously gather health data. The collected data is then securely sent to healthcare providers in another location for real-time update, assessment, and intervention. Providers may want to measure a patient’s heart rate, vital signs, sleep patterns, and glucose levels, among others. Through this system, clinicians can continue caring for their patients remotely. 

10 Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring

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There are many benefits to using RPM, both for patients and healthcare providers. Here are just a few.

1. RPM can help to improve patient outcomes by allowing healthcare providers to more closely monitor their patients’ health.

2. Remote patient monitoring benefits not only patients but also their caregivers. The RPM tools of today include the patient’s caregiver in the plan of care by allowing them access to record vital signs and provide progress reports. The caregiver can participate in and influence the care of their loved one with RPM.

3. Remote patient monitoring bridges the barrier of access by providing care to patients where they are, when they need it. It can be used to reach patients in rural areas, and connect patients to specialists who they otherwise would not have access to.

4. RPM can reduce the number of hospitalizations and emergency department visits, as well as the length of hospital stays.

5. RPM can help to lower healthcare costs by reducing the need for office visits and other face-to-face interactions between healthcare providers and patients.

6. As a result of severe staffing shortages, RPM can help reduce the burden of overscheduled in-person visits by enabling clinicians to provide some of that care virtually.

7. Access to healthcare is becoming more difficult for patients. Remote patient monitoring can help physicians provide care for more patients wherever they may be.

8. Remote patient monitoring provides the opportunity for more physicians and clinicians to expand their care and reach more patients, which can lead to an additional revenue stream.

9. Patients and primary carers avoid the inconveniences and expenses of travel, parking, childcare, and/or taking time off work.

10. RPM helps in the prevention of infectious diseases. With RPM, patients do not have to visit the hospital or clinic where they are vulnerable to contract an infection. Avoiding an in-person visit eliminates the risk of unnecessary exposure—particularly for the elderly and those who are chronically ill, pregnant, or otherwise immunocompromised.

How Does Remote Patient Monitoring Work?

a doctor talking to a patient

Even after learning the definition of RPM, there is still some confusion on how RPM actually works.

  • Using a RPM, a provider can collect a variety of patient health data such as blood pressure, heart rate, weight, blood sugar levels and vital signs.
  • To collect health data, the patient is provided with a device. It is necessary for remote patient monitoring devices to be electronically connected, which is most often achieved via cellular networking or Bluetooth.
  • As a result of analyzing this data, the provider can provide health and wellness guidance and directions to the patient. Once the device has been properly configured, health data is captured by the device and is transmitted from the patient to the provider, usually electronically, after it has been set up properly.

How is Remote Patient Monitoring Set Up?

There are a few different ways that remote patient monitoring can be set up. The most common way is for patients to use special devices that measure various health data points. These devices then transmit the data wirelessly to a central hub, where it can be monitored by healthcare professionals.

Another way to set remote patient monitoring is through the use of wearable devices, such as fitness trackers. These devices also collect health data, which can be transmitted wirelessly and used to monitor a patient’s health status.

The setting up of Isaacs RPM feature is easy as it’s all on the Isaac Care app. Catherine a Primary Carer spoke about the peace of mind that it brought her and her mother who uses the Isaac Pendant.

“I’d give the Isaac Care App a five-star rating, I’m really delighted with it, I’m not particularly tech savvy and I find it really easy to use.’’ – Catherine Rogers

Remote Patient Monitoring VS Patient Monitoring

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There are a few key differences between remote patient monitoring and patient monitoring.

Patient monitoring generally refers to any type of monitoring that is done in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or doctor’s office. This type of monitoring usually requires some type of equipment, such as a blood pressure monitor or heart rate monitor. The data from these types of monitors is then typically recorded on charts or graphs.

Remote patient monitoring, on the other hand, does not require any special equipment. Instead, remote patient monitoring uses technology to collect data from patients who are not in a clinical setting. This data can be collected through devices that the patients wear, such as fitness trackers or smart watches. It can also be collected through apps that the patients use on their smartphones.

One of the key advantages of remote patient monitoring is that it can be done from anywhere in the world. This is a huge benefit for both patients and doctors. Patients can be monitored from the comfort of their own homes, and doctors can monitor their patients without having to be in the same room.

Different Types of Remote Patient Monitoring

Vital signs monitoring is the most common type of RPM. It allows healthcare providers to collect data on a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and other vital signs. This data can be used to detect changes in the patient’s condition and to make decisions about their care.

Disease management is another type of RPM. It uses data collected from patients to help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Disease management programs can help patients better understand their condition, make lifestyle changes, and adhere to their treatment plan.

Medication adherence is another type of RPM. It uses data collected from patients to track whether they are taking their medications as prescribed. Medication adherence programs can help patients stay on track with their medication regimen and avoid potentially harmful side effects.

Behavioral health is another type of RPM. It uses data collected from patients to track mental health symptoms and behavior’s. Behavioral health programs can help patients identify early signs of mental illness, get the treatment they need, and prevent potentially harmful behavior’s.

Michael is an Isaac Care user who also uses the ISAAC Care blood pressure feature. His doctor is part of his Circle of Care on the app, and she has access to the results which assists with managing his blood pressure medication allowing for continuous care without in-person GP visits. 

“I wouldn’t be without it. I have returned to meeting friends in my local and once again walking the Cooley mountains. It provides me the freedom to live life without fear just by knowing I am never alone”. – Michael


In conclusion, remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a promising tool for improving the quality of healthcare. RPM has the potential to improve the quality of care for both patients and providers. If you’re considering remote patient monitoring for your practice or home, we can help. Our team of experts can guide you through the process of setting up and using this technology to improve the quality of care for you or your patients.

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How Assistive Technology can help those at risk of falls

How Assistive Technology can help those at risk of falls

Falls are one of the biggest problems which occur in advancing years, because of their high frequency and adverse health consequences. According to a study conducted by TILDA, approximately one in five older adults in Ireland (17% of men; 21% of women) experienced recurrent falls in the last four years.

A falls risk factor is something that increases an older person’s chance of falling. Falls commonly result from a combination of risk factors as the risk of falling increases with the number of risk factors that are present. The number of risk factors also increases as a person ages. Falls can put older people at risk of serious injury including fractures, cuts, bruises and even serious brain injuries so it is therefore vitally important to reduce the risk of falls in the home.

Even if there is no serious injury because of a fall, it can still be a frightening experience and may cause an older person to avoid certain activities due to the fear of falling again. As you get older, health conditions, physical changes and sometimes medication can make falls more likely to occur.

Where Isaac Care Can Help

At Isaac Care, we are here to support people to live their lives to the fullest in the comfort of their own homes. The Isaac pendant is the next generation of technology in fall alarms and is a lightweight, discreet and an easy-to-use device. The pendant allows the user to easily call for help and speak directly to a loved one and can be used both at home and out and about. The Isaac pendant connects to our family caring app giving your circle of care real time updates via the app thus providing reassurance that someone is always on hand to help at the push of a button.

Mobility – Keep Moving

Physical activity can assist greatly with preventing falls. Regular physical activity makes you stronger and improves your balance and coordination.

Most adults over 65 should try to keep active if possible. There are activities suitable for people with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis or diabetes. Activities can improve flexibility greatly, if you avoid physical activity as you are afraid of the risk of falling talk to your doctor or physiotherapist who will recommend a carefully monitored exercise programme.

  • Begin slowly with exercise you feel comfortable doing.
  • Start with walking and increase the distance gradually.

Step trackers like Fitbits can be great motivators to keep moving, at Isaac Care we allow you to sync your Fitbit to your Isaac Care Profile. Allowing you to keep an eye on your activity levels.

Health Monitoring Equipment

Keeping an eye on your overall health is another way to minimise your fall risk. At Isaac Care we also provide simple easy to use health monitoring equipment where all readings feed directly into our app. Easily manage your blood pressure, weight, heart rate, temperature, blood glucose levels, pain levels, steps and blood oxygen readings. This empowers you to always be in control of your own health and wellbeing and to provide accurate readings and insights to your GP.

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – Reducing the Risks

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – Reducing the Risks

This September marks the 10th anniversary of World Alzheimer’s Month, a month that focuses on raising awareness of the risks and symptoms and challenging stigmas surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, a degenerative brain condition, with 50-60% of all dementia cases presenting with Alzheimer’s.

Age is the most associated risk factor for Alzheimer’s, with dementia affecting 1 in 7 people aged 65-70. This figure rises to 1 in 5 people over 80. However, Alzheimer’s Disease International states it is important to note that dementia is not a ‘normal part of aging. Approximately 1 in 20 people with Alzheimer’s disease are under 65.

There are many innovative technology supports that can help those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s’ and dementia live an independent and fulfilled life, while giving their families peace of mind.

The Isaac Pendant has been developed to support those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The easy to use pendant allows the user to easily contact their nominated emergency contacts should they need help, no matter when or where they are. Our family caring app allows families to set up GPS zones and notifies the family of their exact location should they call for help.

It is important to take control of your own health and well being especially as we age. The Isaac Pendant allows you to do just that with access to 24/7 telehealth care it is not just another falls alarm. The pendant linked with the Isaac Care app tracks weight management has medication reminders and allows for you and your circles of care to view your vitals. All of which can assist in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Risk Factors

While aging, family history, and genetic predisposition are leading risk factors in developing Alzheimer’s and dementia there are 12 modifiable risk factors that studies show could delay 40% of cases.

  • Physical Inactivity
  • Social Isolation
  • Depression
  • Smoking
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption
  • Head Injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Hearing Loss (undiagnosed/untreated)
  • Air Pollution
  • Less Education

The breakdown of percentage of reduction in developing dementia if these risk factors are eliminated, in Early Life, Mid Life and Later is:

Early Life – Less Education 7%

Mid Life – Hearing Loss 8%, Head Injury 3%, Hypertension 2%, Obesity 1%, Alcohol Consumption (>21 units per week) 1%.

Later Life – Smoking 5%, Depression 4%, Social Isolation 4%, Physical Inactivity 2%, Air Pollution 2%, Diabetes 1%.

Reducing the Risks

Adopting a healthy change in lifestyle can be a difficult task however small changes could potentially significantly reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

A leading factor in a number of health issues, not just Alzheimer’s and dementia is Physical inactivity.

Not only is regular physical activity good for the mind, balance, circulation, and motor skills, it can help with weight management, control high blood pressure. It can also decrease the risk of depression, lower the risk of falls and fall-related injuries. Finding exercise or physical activity that works for you will make it easier to get into the routine of doing it regularly.

The WHO recommends that adults over the age of 65 should aim for 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity once or twice a week.

Vigorous aerobic activities such as running, cycling, or playing sport may not be suited to everyone, however moderate aerobic activities like a short walk, gardening, water aerobics, even pushing a lawnmower are also extremely beneficial forms of physical activity and great starting points.

If you are someone who has been very sedentary then it is best to start with light forms of physical activity and gradually increase. For example: start with a short walk build to longer walks with higher inclines. Basically, some exercise or physical activity is better than nothing. Of course, always consult your GP before taking on any form of strenuous exercise.

Mental exercises are just as important as physical exercise. They keep cognitive decline at bay, which is a key risk factor in developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Challenging your brain with puzzles, crosswords and reading are great ways to stimulate your brain. They are forms of cognitive training that have been proven to lower the risk of MCI (mild cognitive impairment).

Social Isolation has impacted everyone due to COVID-19 restrictions. A lack of social interaction can lead to a decline in cognitive function, increase the risk of depression, and result in negative behavioural change, all of which are linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Social activities can be anything from joining a club, meeting friends, or revisiting a hobby you once had an interest in, even making the effort to chat with friends and family more often.

Getting back to socialising may be daunting, but The Isaac Pendant is available to offer you peace of mind that help is there 24/7 no matter when or where you are. The GPS geofencing zones mean you can regain your independence and take up hobbies that not only help you socialise but can exercise your mind.

For more information check out The Isaac Pendant Here.

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Falls in our Elderly – The Facts, Figures, and Prevention

Falls in our Elderly – The Facts, Figures, and Prevention

We all value an independent and active lifestyle, however as we age the risk of falling and losing some of that individuality increases. Unfortunately, the results of these falls, whether at home or outdoors, can lead to serious and sometimes life-changing injuries. At Isaac care it is our mission to empower our clients to live safely and independently, while also having peace of mind that care is on hand 24/7 should they need it.

Falls are becoming increasingly common in the aging community with 1 in 3 people aged 65+ and 1 in 2 aged 80+ suffering from a fall each year. After experiencing a fall, 66% will regrettably fall again within six months (according to the HSE).  

Yearly Fall Statistics

While not all falls are a cause for concern, 20% will require medical attention, and 10% experience a serious injury such as a fracture or head injury that can lead to long-term care.

2-3% of all injured older people require hospital admission (over 7,000 each year). Their average length of hospital stay is 12.7


Percentage of injuries as a result of falls at home

It is important to look at the key factors that lead to these falls and ways in which to further prevent them.  

MyHomecare, Isaac’s care partner, explains, “Confined home environments for people can lead to those individuals with mobility and balance impairments, such as Parkinson’s and dementia, to experience falls. The decline in physical activity, loneliness, and lack of vitamin D are also consequences of social isolation, resulting in an increased risk of falls in our aging population.” 

The most common location for falls in the elderly is the home, with 60% of reported falls, and outside of the home following closely behind with 30% of reported falls.  

MyHomecare highlights some key fall risks, such as limitations in mobility, the undertaking of daily activities without accurate support, and polypharmacy, which is the concurrent use of multiple medications; “Those who are taking more than four different types of medication have been shown to be at an increased risk of falling” 

“Environmental hazards such as loose-fitting rugs, uneven floors, inadequate lighting, and stairs without supporting handrails are also risks.” 

Key Fall Risk Factors

In people aged 65+, an active lifestyle is encouraged to reduce loss of muscle mass, maintain coordination, and improve cognitive function. Often after the first fall, a person’s confidence is knocked leading them to become fearful of leaving the home, lose mobility and limit their activity, unfortunately, these responses are also a leading cause of reoccurring falls. 

It can be daunting to partake in activities and hobbies such as walking, fishing, golf, and gardening especially after experiencing a fall. Walking is a great way to get moving and enjoy the outdoors however it makes up 50% of outdoor falls with 11% a result of trips on curbs/footpaths.  

Here at Isaac, we help people to get back to their hobbies and regain their independence through our GPS tracking which is a defining factor that sets us apart from our competitors.  

The GPS locator offers peace of mind that whether you are walking, golfing, or simply out having a coffee with friends, your wellbeing is being looked after.   

No one wants to lose their independence, no one wants to give up their hobbies and no one wants to suffer from a fall or serious injury alone.  

Simple prevention methods, such as wearing the correct eyewear, good lighting, correct footwear, non-slip rugs, support rails, keeping active, and investing in fall assist technology can ensure our loved ones avoid difficult falls.   

It is also important to ensure those most susceptible to falls are informed and empowered to take control of their surroundings and take back their independence, with the support of a dedicated health care team, family, and friends.  

Fall Prevention Tips

Isaac’s Pendant offers 24/7 telecare and the full support of one of Ireland’s leading home care companies, MyHomecare, who are on hand to step in with in person care where needed. 

MyHomecare states that “We can detect whether the person is at risk, due to the trend in key measurements recorded on Isaac’s remote health management app. The Isaac App allows family members, neighbours, friends, and other voluntary carers to participate in a circle of care for an individual.” 

By implementing these changes, it can reduce these statistics, hospital admissions, and severity of injury, but most of all it can ensure our loved ones can get back to living an active independent, and fulfilled life.   

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Living safely and independently at home for longer

Living safely and independently at home for longer

Editorial on Isaac taken from the July/August issue of the Senior Times

We live in an age where most seniors don’t want to move into retirement or nursing homes. In fact, over 93 per cent of seniors say they want to age in the comfort of their own homes. This had led to a growing market in the technology supported care space. It is revolutionising the way people are cared for at home.

Most recently, one of Ireland’s leading home care companies, Myhomecare (a sister company of Servisource), introduced their latest service “Isaac Care” to the market. It focuses on using ambient assistive technology to empower people to live safely and independently at home for longer. Building on over 10 years’ experience in providing high quality homecare services, this unique solution has brought innovative telecare to the Irish market. The solution itself combines a family caring app with a range of assistive technology devices and support services, forming a complete independent living solution. The innovative solution is being rolled out to homes across Ireland, enabling people to effectively manage their own or their loved one’s health, from the comfort of their own home.

The game changer here is the solution is fully supported by MyHomecare. This means they can step in and provide in person care to service users if needed, for as long as needed, until they are back on their feet. This bridges the gap between technology and care, in order to provide a complete solution.

The Isaac Care team design bespoke packages tailored to the individual’s need. Their services include a 24/7 call centre, remote monitoring of vital signs, homecare services, and a first responder service. These services support their technology offering which include smart ambient motion sensors, a GPS enabled falls device called the “Isaac Pendant” and vital monitoring devices including blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, weighing scales and blood glucometers. One of its key strengths are all their devices are fully pre-configured and work straight out of the box with no need for an installation team. Their devices are built with simplicity in mind, so anybody, regardless of their technological capabilities can use them.

All information from their devices is transferred into their user-friendly family caring app, where information can be shared with circles of care. The Isaac Care app allows families to easily manage care through a simple messaging feature, calendar management, and allows each user to input their medical history, meaning all their important information is always on hand and stored in one secure place.

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