MIMOSA to present research study at DFCon22, Los Angeles, Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2022
September 16, 2022
Pioneering a new, yet old, way of providing healthcare: Footcare as an entry point to assess Quality of Life to seniors wanting to age in place.
Does a mobile person-centered approach to services and foot care support safe aging-in-place and improved quality of life for isolated seniors? Research shows a direct correlation between seniors who report isolation in their home or community with decreased life expectancy, cognitive decline, and diminished quality of life.
Tracey Rickards Oral Presentation
This intervention study enrolled seniors 55 years and older living within the community in rural locations of Fredericton, NB, during the COVID-19 Pandemic between 2020-2022. Of the 241 seniors enrolled, 42% were diabetic and 48% were high or urgent risk feet. Many participants were living at the poverty line. During COVID-19, RNs and SWs were frequently the only people for which seniors interacted.
Seniors can be supported to stay in their homes safely with mobile, minimal, yet vital supports. Foot care is essential to support mobility and health in seniors, especially diabetics. Mobile technology can be used as an entry point and integrated to augment the holistic care of isolated seniors.