Are you aware that over the next 30 years, the number of Americans 65 and older will double to over 80 million and in Canada, where they have the fastest age group will account for 23% to 25% by 2036. Another fact to consider is that people over age 75 are 17 times more likely to have a car accident in big-lot parking areas than driving down regular streets. In addition, older folks have an 8.6% increase in injuries and fatalities related to those crashes in large parking lots so having a parking system and parking equipment that can easily assist them to navigate their way can be a plus.
What are you doing to ease their parking experience? Especially when it comes to hospitals, seniors make up the highest percentage on patients. Interestingly enough, when seniors were asked the most important factor affecting their first impression of a hospital, parking ranked second. This shows how important it is to have a parking system and parking machine that is suited to accommodate the elderly, of whom mostly have physical and cognitive challenges, as well as visual and hearing impairments.
For seniors, whom are known to have a lot of trouble interacting with technology, an example of a great way to help them understand is by having a voice in the design process or a “Call for Help” button in case they are stuck or don’t understand. So now is a better time than ever to invest in a parking system that can create a better and more pleasurable experience for seniors by doing some research and comparing the different companies that offer such systems, then go with the one most suited to your requirements and budget.