EMERGENCY: Isolated Seniors at Risk!

COVID-19 has given way to an unprecedented health care crisis, especially with regard to elderly persons aged 70 and above, who risk suffering from direct, more frequent and more serious complications arising from the infection than young persons would.

Furthermore, the current social distancing recommendations which are being undertaken as a preventative measure may increase the risk of indirect complications for elderly persons, such as lack of follow-up, greater risk of chronic illness decompensation due to health care channel reorganization and other factors, including anxiety, depressive symptomatology, nondisclosure of symptoms for fear of needing to travel to the hospital, poor access to medication due to confinement…

The RUISSS McGill Centre of Excellence on Longevity is now making available a socio-geriatric tracking tool for elderly persons, for use during the current isolation period, named ESOGER1. In 5 minutes, ESOGER1 comprehensively and remotely evaluates the socio-geriatric situation of a specific older adult, by determining possible complications and recommending action.

Recommended by the Health and Social services Ministry, ESOGER1 enables to identify at risk older adults within their communities, and therefore to prioritize actions and to put in place the correct interventions which will prevent both complications and overcrowding of health and social care channels.