A WASHING MACHINE FOR WASHING HUMANS!
Traveling across the world for business when you are also a caregiver for an aging parent is stressful. Luckily for me, my brother and aunt volunteered to help me out. They each traveled to NY and stayed one week with my dad who is aging in place alone in my childhood home. My dad doesn't need round the clock caregiving assistance he only needs help with some things and general monitoring, for example, he can still shower and dress himself or at least I thought he still could?
It was my aunt who brought to my attention the fact that she hadn't seen or heard my dad take a shower the entire week she was there with him. This alarmed me and instantly put me into oh shit mode. Why isn't he showering? What the hell is going on? Then I realized well shit Renee, the current shower might be a bit scary now for my dad whose reflexes are not what they used to be. This is when I realized its time for me to senior proof my dad's bathroom starting with that scary shower.
A third of seniors fall every year. 80% of these falls happen in a bathroom. SAY whattt???
Google how to senior proof a bathroom and you will get tons of options for like this 13 tip list on senioradvisor.com These solutions are all fine but thanks to technology in the hands of innovative thinkers we now have better solutions coming soon. Cue the music cause here is your caregiving technology aww moment of the day!
Introducing the Sit and Shower!
An Automatic Bathing device that helps seniors bathe independently, with dignity and age in place; while lessening caretaker reliance & cost of care.
Sit & Shower Features
automatic water temperature control
automatic warm air drying
surround water jets
The Sit and Shower is configurable with Bluetooth connected tablet or smartphone, once set up it is operable with a single button. It is space - saving requiring no need for a separate shower. You position your Sit and Shower above a toilet therefore transforming it into a dual-purpose toilet + shower. So whats it gonna cost you right ? The Sit and Shower is more expensive than a shower chair but cheaper than the walk in tubs we see advertised for seniors ( direct price will be around $2050 USD)
It's like a washing machine but for washing humans!
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Sit and Shower needs your help in winning this years Aging 2.0 startup search competition. Vote here to help them win. So what do you think? Is this a solution that can work for your caregiving/age in place needs? Personally, I know I will be first in line to purchase this as soon as it is available for purchase in the US! Share your thoughts and share the post!
Oh and one last thing sing it with me...
Making your way in caregiving today takes everything you've got.
Technology for all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows you care,
and they're always glad you care.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your a caregiver :)
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