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Choosing the right community– My search for a technology solution and how GrandCare helped Mom during COVID

Choosing the right community– My search for a technology solution and how GrandCare helped Mom during COVID

In 2012, I moved my parents out of their home and into an assisted-living community. This was a whole new world for all of us — lots of learning and experimenting. The community did offer pendants for residents to press when they needed something (anything) from a caregiver. My mom was never known for her patience. And my dad was struggling with the onset of dementia; so, the pendant was never satisfying for a wide variety of reasons, including the time it took for my mother to press the pendant and for someone to check on her. We brought in our own caregivers to supplement what we were receiving in the community and provide a more enriching life for my parents.

Three years later, after starting a Family Council at the community but becoming frustrated at the lack of responsiveness and level of care, we moved both of my parents to another community. My father moved upstairs to memory care, where he died shortly thereafter. Again, my mom was given a pendant and again she was frustrated by it for the same reasons. But, the community overall was better staffed, my mother had adjusted to the idea of being in assisted-care, as we had. But, as often happens, management changed at the community. It was owned by a private-equity firm who brought in a different company to manage it; and, not surprisingly, their first order of business was to reduce costs, which meant reducing care. We quickly moved again.

So, at the end of 2019, my mom — together with a good friend she met at the previous community — moved to a new one. I liked almost everything better about this facility except for one thing: no pendants. Instead, they had a pull cord in a few places in the room, though my wheelchair-bound mother couldn’t reach the cords and, as she was cognitively in decline, she would forget those options were there for her.

That’s when I went searching for a solution

I was recommended to personally contact the CEO of GrandCare, which right away made me more interested. At this point in my family caregiving role, I learned that personal recommendations are often particularly fruitful and — more so — if a CEO of a tech company is willing to speak with a customer, that speaks to how much they care and want to learn how even better serve those in need. We placed an order for the GrandCare system. When it arrived, a customer-service team member quickly and easily walked me through set up — both the hardware and the app on my phone. Finally, I could check in with my mother without her needing to carry a cellphone (and remembering to have it near her, listen for it, and answer it), which had become increasingly difficult. 

For all of these now seven-plus years that my mom had been in assisted living, I was able to visit her almost daily. But then, Covid hit and the world changed. How fortunate I was to be able not only to speak with my mother, but to see her and observe her care. I was the often “third person in the room,” as my mother was being cared for by individuals she didn’t recognize because they were now wearing masks. The closeness with my mother that I was about to virtually achieve with GrandCare, as well as many of the additional features the system offered, was exactly what we needed and continue to need. I don’t really know what I would have done without it, except to feel as if I’m no longer connected and far less informed. 

Anytime we had a question about the system or additional functionality, GrandCare would jump on a call. And during the course of the past many months, I’ve even suggested a few minor tweaks to the system, which their tech people not only appreciated but implemented. Thank you, GrandCare.

– Peter, son of a GrandCare user

GrandCare to Speak on Independent Living Solutions at Connected Health Summit: Consumer Engagement and Innovation

GrandCare to Speak on Independent Living Solutions at Connected Health Summit: Consumer Engagement and Innovation

Remote patient monitoring and virtual caregiving technology pioneer GrandCare Systems announced that their CEO, Laura Mitchell, will be speaking this week at the virtual 2020 Connected Health Summit: Consumer Engagement and Innovation, held September 1-3.

The Connected Health Summit, hosted by research firm Parks Associates, provides industry players with in-depth analysis on the implications of the connected healthcare revolution – and the resulting consumerization of healthcare – for multiple industries: broadband service providers, retailers, device makers and distributors, and health systems and providers.

This year has provided unprecedented challenges and new opportunities for the independent living, senior housing and healthcare industry. “COVID has presented some unique opportunities for innovation to eliminate the struggles seniors and the disability population are facing during these times,” said GrandCare CEO, Laura Mitchell. “Before the pandemic, technology was only a ‘nice to have,’ but now it’s essential. I believe this will be a permanent change in how we deliver care.”

Session Info

Independent Living Solutions: Adapting to Market Acceleration

Tuesday, September 2, 11am CT

Track: COVID-19 exposed the vulnerability of our senior population. In addition to the high risks of infection, the necessity of social distancing exacerbates seniors’ social isolation and makes family caregivers’ jobs even more difficult. Demand for communication, telehealth, and independent living solutions to assist seniors in living well and safely at home has never been greater. This session explores how service and technology providers are responding to this new demand and what the independent living market will look like coming out of the COVID-19 crisis.

Speakers:
Chuck Hector, Chief Revenue Officer, Papa
Sarah Jones, Vice President, Commercial Product, Best Buy Health
Laura Mitchell, CEO, GrandCare Systems
Kian Saneii, CEO, Independa

Moderator:
Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates

The 7th-annual Connected Health Summit will take place virtually September 1–3, 2020. www.connectedhealthsummit.com. To register visit, http://www.parksassociates.com/events/connected-health/register. Follow the conference on Twitter at @CONN_Health_Smt and #CONNHealth20.

 

ABOUT GRANDCARE SYSTEMS

GrandCare, on the market since 2005, is designed to reduce hospitalizations, manage health conditions and keep individuals more independent and connected to their loved ones. The heart of GrandCare is a large touchscreen appliance, which provides the individual with social communications, games, music, instructions, reminders and medication prompts. Optional telehealth & activity devices can wirelessly report information and remotely send email, text and phone alerts to caregivers if something seems amiss. No computer skills are needed for the resident. GrandCare is utilized by family caregivers, professional in-home care organizations, senior housing communities and disability providers. For more information, visit: www.grandcare.com, call 262-­338-6147, or send an email to: sales@grandcare.com.

 

ABOUT CONNECTED HEALTH SUMMIT

Connected Health Summit: Consumer Engagement and Innovation is a three-day executive conference focused on the impact of connected devices and IoT healthcare solutions on consumers at home. Connected Health Summit anticipates increasing demand for both clinical and consumer health and wellness solutions aimed at improving the quality of life for people living and seeking support at home. The expansion of connected medical devices and telehealth services into the home, as well as the increasing movement of connected consumer devices into health and wellness, is growing new markets for independent living solutions that serve the elderly, patients with chronic conditions, rural households, and caretakers. Subscribe to Parks Associates’ digital health newsletter at http://www.parksassociates.com/newsletters_subscribe.

Smart technology for seniors? Yes, it does exist.

Smart technology for seniors? Yes, it does exist.

Proactive versus reactive care is something that unfortunately too often becomes a hindsight 20/20 revelation for some elderly patients and their families. “If only we had known…” they would say. The truth is technology these days is not just good, it’s really good.  Better than it was even just a few short years ago. The thing about technology is that it is always changing, evolving, and getting more sophisticated. That’s not to say that it is getting more complicated necessarily, in fact, in many cases the technology is actually getting easier to use. More hands free. Requiring even less for the user to do manually, with the advent of voice recognition, smart watches, and even artificially intelligent computers.

I mean, just a few years ago, it would have seemed unfathomable to think that you could talk into your phone, tablet, or computer to ask it a simple question and actually expect to get an intelligent response. Today, we can ask something as simple as “do I need an umbrella today?” and our technology device will actually give us a resonable answer related to our local weather report.

The same holds true for technology advancements in healthcare with virtual care services, and personal health/fitness monitoring devices. But did you know that there is even more advanced technology out there that is designed to help prevent hospitalizations, manage chronic conditions, and track daily activities, all to keep the elderly and disabled living independently for as long as possible in order to postpone the need for long-term care?

 

Introducing the grandCARE system. We provide a technology solution that benefits seniors, family caregivers, and professional senior care workers alike. It starts with our innovative touchscreen interface which has been carefully designed with the end-user in mind. It features large, easy-to-read icons and can be fully customized to include as few or as many menu options as desired. The platform is so intuitive to use, that no previous computer experience is required to enjoy.
The touchscreen can be use as key source of socialization, entertainment, and communication for the senior user with our integrated family Facebook photo sharing, video chatting, games, websites, news, weather and more available options.

Next, our passive activity and motion monitoring is an effective and unintrusive way to analyze patterns of behavior to become more aware when something isn’t quite right. Our sensors can detect when there is too much, too little or no motion, and alert when something out of the ordinary occurs. The alert rules can be established to send out a message by phone call, text, or email to one or multiple designated parties.

At grandCARE, we believe in not only helping seniors stay independent, but strive to enable them the ability to proactively manage their own health and wellness too. This is why we have available digital medical devices to take important health vital readings digitally using our innovative system. The data is captured on the system, and stored on our secure servers making the information accessible at anytime to a family member or professional care manager using our online based care portal. The information can be reviewed in report or chart format, and even exported as a PDF to send to a professional health care provider as well.

A recent article by Maryalene LaPonsie, featured in the U.S. News and World Report provides more support for the benefits that technology can have with seniors, families, and those in the long-term care industry.

For those who want to maximize their peace of mind, Gomez says the Cadillac of virtual long-term care is a remote-monitoring system like that offered by grandCARE.

With this system, activity sensors are placed in a senior’s home. To use grandCARE, Managed Senior Care first evaluates what a typical “good day” looks like for a senior and sets alerts accordingly. For example, if a senior typically has breakfast by 9 a.m. and the refrigerator hasn’t been opened by that time, an alert may go out to a caregiver.

As with Banner iCare, seniors using the grandCARE system are set up with a tablet. In this case, it’s an oversized tablet that can be remotely activated. If a caregiver needs to check on a senior, he or she can open Skype which will activate the camera and microphone on the tablet. At that point, the caregiver can look for the senior and call out to him or her to determine whether help is needed.

“One of the reasons we like this product is because it’s respectful of the senior,” Gomez says. “You know when people are watching. There is no secret monitoring.”

The article goes on to show how virtual care services are having an impact with both cost savings and patient outcomes:

“We save over $4,000 per patient per year and avoid hospital visits and readmissions,” Herzog says. From 2013 to 2014, Banner Health tracked the outcomes of newly enrolled Banner iCare members and compared that to claims data from the year before their enrollment. They found the program resulted in an overall 27 percent cost savings of $788 per patient per month. Hospitalizations also dropped from 11.5 per 100 patients per month in the year prior to enrollment to 6.3 per 100 patients per month six months after enrollment.

So, going back to where we started…”if only we had known.” Well, now you do.

Top 3 Ways Seniors Can Keep Busy and Stay Connected While Self-Quarantining

Top 3 Ways Seniors Can Keep Busy and Stay Connected While Self-Quarantining

There is no definite timeframe as to when the COVID-19 virus will have subsided and when it will be safe to spend significant amounts of time out in public again. Because people want to preserve their health and avoid public places as much as possible, people are choosing to continue to quarantine for the foreseeable future, especially the elderly.

The COVID-19 virus is unlike anything the world has ever seen, and because of that, people don’t know what to expect when it comes to what’s next in regards to this infectious illness. As people are taking the necessary precautions, specifically seniors, they are growing bored of sitting at home and doing the same thing they have been doing since March. In fact, an expert from a company that handles in-home senior care said that seniors are also beginning to feel isolated while self-quarantining. This post will detail the top 3 ways that seniors can stay connected while also staying entertained while in quarantine.

Ways for Seniors to Entertain Themselves at Home

Seniors are at the most risk of the COVID-19 virus so it’s important that they do all that they can to preserve their health, even if that means quarantining a little bit longer than the rest of the world. If you are a senior and are choosing to preserve your health by staying at home, here are three ways that you can keep your mind occupied while still staying connected to the outside world.

Utilize Video Chatting

Video Chatting is perhaps the best and easiest way for seniors to stay connected to friends and family while in quarantine. Video chatting can be done on a computer, phone, or tablet, making it easily accessible for seniors. Some ways that seniors can call friends and family include:

If you are a senior, you should schedule times with different loved ones as this will give you something to look forward to. Video chatting will also be beneficial to your life even after you no longer have to quarantine as it is a way to catch up with friends and family that don’t live close by.

Join a Virtual Book Club

Building off of the idea of video chatting, consider joining or starting a virtual book club. Virtual book clubs are exactly what they sound like, book clubs that meet online via a video chat. There are countless online book clubs that you can join, or you can start your own informal one. Consider calling friends and family, especially those that are also continuing to self-quarantine, and ask them if they are interested in reading the same book and meet once or a few times a week to discuss it.

Virtual book clubs will give you something to look forward to every few days and will give you the incentive to read- a great way to keep your mind occupied while stuck at home. Choose a book based on your personal interests so that you look forward to reading it.

Play Online Games

Many seniors never consider playing online games as a way to stay connected and occupied. However, online games are an outstanding pastime for aging adults who are trying to limit their public presence as much as possible. Seniors can play games on Facebook, on the internet, on apps, and even on various gaming systems such as PlayStation and Xbox. Some online games (or online versions of games) that are popular amongst the older generation include:

  • Words with Friends
  • Animal Crossing
  • Scrabble
  • Minecraft
  • Family Feud
  • League of Legends

Online games will keep seniors entertained since there are thousands to choose from, and they can also play against or on teams with friends and family. Seniors that are choosing to quarantine and are considering playing online games should consider playing with grandchildren. This will give them the opportunity to be able to bond with their grandchildren in a unique way and stay busy while doing so.

Staying Healthy While Also Staying Connected

It’s important to keep the mind occupied while quarantining, especially for seniors since they will likely have to quarantine for longer than the younger generation who is not at as much of a risk of COVID-19. Keeping the mind occupied will not only have a great impact on one’s happiness, but it could also positively impact a person’s overall mental health. If you are a senior, keep these suggestions in mind as you consider other ways to entertain yourself. Or, if you are not a senior but have a senior in your life, suggest these activities to him or her and try to be a part of them.

About the Author

Kelsey Simpson enjoys writing about things that can help others. She lives in South Jersey and is the proud companion to two German Shepherds and spends her free time volunteering in dog shelters.

Happy Developmental Disability Professionals Day

Happy Developmental Disability Professionals Day

Developmental disability professionals go by many names, but their mission is the same: to ensure that developmentally disabled people live the fullest and most independent lives they can. They help others every day of the year, but on July 15th it’s their turn to be recognized.

GrandCare is delighted to support many disability service providers with enabling technologies to make the lives of their clients and staff safer, happier and healthier. Not to mention, in a very cost-effective way.

Many people with intellectual or developmental disabilities can live independently– if they have the right support. I/DD professionals provide it using a combination of in-person support, remote video chat check-ins and through remote monitoring technologies.

LADD, a Cincinnati-area disability service provider, provides the dignity of adulthood through housing, health and wellness, day programs, employment, and advocacy. They are also now partnering with GrandCare to develop a new service delivery model. “We’re focused on how to expand people’s options in the community for independence and individual growth,” said Brian Hart, Chief Strategy Officer at LADD. “I’m pretty lucky as the chief strategy officer at LADD. All I do is build out the future. And GrandCare is the perfect partner for where we’re going in disability services.”

“Disability service providers serve some of the most vulnerable people in the community. We’re so very proud to make the tools these heroes use every day,” said GrandCare CEO, Laura Mitchell

Do you know any developmental disability professionals? Today’s the day to let them know that you appreciate the important work that they do every day. It makes a difference in a lot of people’s lives. Reach out and thank them today!

How COVID-19 is Driving Rapid Adoption of Telehealth for Aging Populations

How COVID-19 is Driving Rapid Adoption of Telehealth for Aging Populations

If necessity is the mother of invention, crisis may be the father of adoption. Nowhere has the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic been felt more strongly than on seniors and the disabled. The need for social distancing has made clear the value of technology for bridging that distance.

“COVID-19 has accelerated the need for family members, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to have remote access to seniors as well as the disabled,” said Laura Mitchell, CEO of GrandCare systems, a leader in the aging and technology industry. “There has always been interest in technology tools among forward-thinking senior communities and home health care agencies, but since the pandemic, we have been inundated with calls and requests for video chat, telehealth capabilities and activity monitoring. Suddenly the value of these tools for the well-being of seniors and disabled people has become very concrete, very measurable.”

Mitchell was interviewed by host Karen Jagoda on a recent podcast hosted by Empower Patient Radio. In the episode entitled “COVID-19 Driving Faster Adoption of Telehealth for Aging Population,” Mitchell discussed the effects of COVID on senior housing and care services, and the tools that can help residents stay connected with family and friends, engaged and active, and healthy.

Empowered Patient Radio is a series of podcasts that focus on the latest innovations in digital health and the changing dynamic between doctors and patients. The audience includes medical professionals, researchers, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, patients, caregivers, solution providers, students, journalists, and investors.

Listen to the podcast: COVID-19 Driving Faster Adoption of Telehealth for Aging Population with Laura Mitchell GrandCare
View the transcript: Download transcript 
Check out the entire podcast series: Empowered Patient Radio

Aging during a Pandemic: The new opportunity for CEDIA Experts

Aging during a Pandemic: The new opportunity for CEDIA Experts

COVID-19 has turned aging and senior housing on its head. Social isolation, lack of health care works, and the fear of going to the hospital are a few of the unexpected challenges faced by seniors during the pandemic. But there are tools that can help seniors stay connected and healthy during these challenging times.

“We have been inundated with calls and requests for video chat, telehealth capabilities and activity monitoring,” said Laura Mitchell, CEO of GrandCare Systems, a pioneer in the aging and technology market, and maker of technology for senior monitoring, wellness and engagement. She was featured on a recent podcast, to talk about best practices for seniors and their families, homecare providers, senior housing communities, and the impact of COVID on the aging industry.

Mitchell and co-hosts Ed Wenck & Walt Zerbe discussed these and other issues of aging in place, aging in congregate living, and how seniors can thrive even in this time of COVID. The podcast, called “Living in Place and the Pandemic,” is part of the The CEDIA Podcast series of roundtable discussion on issues surrounding new and emerging technology.

Listen to the podcast: Living in Place and the Pandemic
Check out the entire podcast series: The CEDIA Podcast

“It’s a Gift from God!”

“It’s a Gift from God!”

I was so worried about my dad. He’s pretty independent at 78, but he struggles with a few health issues and a month ago he had a scary fall. He kept forgetting to take his medication and it’s dangerous for his blood pressure. I live 40 minutes away. I checked on him all the time, but he wouldn’t always hear the phone and it drove me crazy. That’s when we found GrandCare.

It’s a big touchscreen he calls his “window to us.” My kids message him and video chat right from the GrandCare app on their phones. I sent him pictures of our new house and I added some old nostalgic ones of him and my mom when they were younger. He doesn’t feel like he’s missing out on our lives, and my kids are a lot more connected with their granddad.

Dad thinks it’s phenomenal. It’s really helped with his depression. He’s smiling and laughing again. His favorite features are the weather reports and watching old shows on YouTube. And if he forgets to take his medication, the system reminds him right on the touchscreen. If he doesn’t see it, he’ll get an automated text message.

GrandCare reminds him to take his blood pressure every day, and then tracks it so I can be sure he’s doing okay. I have Dad bring the graphs with him to his doctor, too.

He’s still in his house. He’s still independent. And we all finally have some peace of mind.

My dad calls it a “gift from God.” I do too.

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for your dad? For a limited time get $100 off your order.
www.grandcare.com, Discount Code: dadspecial20. Or call us 262-338-6147.

*For HIPAA and security purposes, names and identifying details in this story have been changed.

5 Sleep Tips for Seniors To Help Ease Chronic Pain

5 Sleep Tips for Seniors To Help Ease Chronic Pain

Today, GrandCare welcomes guest blogger and elder advocate Richard Wright. Thanks for sharing these tips with us, Richard.

For seniors, getting more sleep might just help reduce chronic pain associated with some ailments, including back aches and headaches. According to a study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, getting extra sleep regularly sleep provided relief for patients compared to those who didn’t get as much.

That’s not to say you should be sleeping your entire day away. Dr. Thomas Roth, senior scientist of the Sleep Disorders and Research Center at the hospital is quoted as saying, “If you are already sleeping eight hours a night, you probably don’t need more sleep. If you spend six hours in bed each night, spend eight – preferably nine.”

Below are some tips for seniors to help them get more sleep at night.

1. Adjust Your Position

With specific regard to back pain, adjusting the position in which you sleep can make all the difference in the world. It’s best to consult a doctor about this and how it relates to the specific issue you have, but some find sleeping on their side with their knees pulled up a bit can help. Sleeping on your stomach should be avoided if possible. If sleeping on your back, it can help to place a pillow under your lower back and another under your knees.

2. Avoid Screens Before Bedtime

To sleep better at night, it’s a good idea to turn off any screens at least an hour before going to sleep. That includes televisions, smartphones, tablets, and backlit e-readers. E-readers and tablets are popular gifts for seniors who like to read, but as convenient as they can be for pre-bedtime reading, you’re better off with a good, old-fashioned paper book or magazine in those late hours, or at least an e-reader that requires a separate light source for use.

3. Limit Naps

It’s a good idea to skip naps entirely for a good night’s sleep, but we’re only human. Sometimes a nice chair-nap comes on whether we want it to or not, especially as we get older. If you can, it’s best to limit naps to no longer than twenty or thirty minutes. If a nap is needed, the earlier in the day the better. A late-afternoon or evening nap is bound to keep you up come bedtime.

4. Diet For Sleep

If you’re not getting enough sleep, chances are there are some major dietary adjustments you should make. Foods that can help you sleep include:

  • Turkey
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Elk
  • Almonds
  • Tart cherries
  • Whole grains
  • Certain kinds of tea, including chamomile and passion fruit

There are also foods you’ll want to avoid, especially close to bedtime. Foods to skip include:

  • Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
  • Foods and drinks high in sugar
  • Foods and drinks that can produce heartburn and acid reflux, such as tomato sauce and orange juice

5. Adjust Your Bedroom

There are several ways in which you can turn your bedroom into a better environment for good sleep:

  • Get rid of the TV so you’re not tempted to watch it ahead of bedtime.
  • Put your alarm clock where it’s not visible to you in bed. The glow can keep you awake.
  • Make sure the room is dark and cool.
  • Choose the right colors for your walls. Blue, yellow, green, silver, and orange seem to work the best for helping people maximize their sleep, according to at least one study.

When most people think about easing pain, they tend to think of medication, but some simple changes to your lifestyle to help you sleep better may be a good place to start.

 

GrandCare Systems is a caregiving tool designed to reduce healthcare costs and improve outcomes by enabling designated family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals to remotely care for an individual in a residence, regardless of geographic location. The heart of GrandCare is a large touchscreen in the residence, which provides the individual with social communications, instructions, reminders and medication prompts.

Wireless activity sensors monitor daily activities without impeding on a resident’s independence or privacy. These sensors can help you know whether the resident is getting the valuable sleep he needs. You can also see graphs that help you see important information, such as whether sleep patterns have changed, if the resident has stayed in bed in bed longer than usual, or whether he has had a restless or restful night.

 

Richard Wright is an advocate for the ever-growing elderly population in the US. He helped create ElderCorps.org in an effort to help provide the aging population and their loved ones with resources to help them live safe, healthy, and happy lives. In his free time, Richard enjoys fishing and playing golf.

GrandCare featured in New York Times story on Technologies to Help Seniors during Quarantine

GrandCare featured in New York Times story on Technologies to Help Seniors during Quarantine

“Technology can help families monitor the health and safety of older people kept from their families by the coronavirus,” according to the New York Times. In a story by Susan B. Garland, GrandCare was highlighted as a tool that helps seniors stay “fiercely independent” while providing their adult children with peace of mind.

In the story, titled “Did Mom Take Her Medicine? Keeping Eyes on Elders in Quarantine,” GrandCare customer Norman Potter explained why he purchased a GrandCare for his mother. According to the story:

“In mid-March, as the coronavirus was spreading, Mr. Potter installed a platform made by GrandCare Systems in his mother’s house that she enjoys using to video chat with her grandchildren — but of equal interest to her son are its motion sensor and two vital-sign devices.”

“Because of his mother’s respiratory issues, Mr. Potter said he and his sister were not comfortable visiting unless they were first tested for the coronavirus, although two people who live nearby check on her. ‘The monitoring allows me a sense of peace that she is up and starting her day,’ he said.”

GrandCare integrates with telehealth devices, such as blood pressure monitors, weight scales, pulse oximeters, and glucometers, and wirelessly transmit the readings from the device to the GrandCare. The story explains:

“Mr. Potter can log into a portal to view the results, which are delivered via a wireless connection in his mother’s house. If either level is out of whack, Mr. Potter, who owns a home health agency, receives a text. When his mother’s oxygen levels dropped one day, Mr. Potter called to remind her to insert the nasal tube that connects to her oxygen supply device. He also is notified if a motion sensor in the hallway that leads from her bedroom to the kitchen does not detect movement after 10 a.m., her usual waking time.”

“I feel comforted knowing that they are watching over me.” – Esther McKee

Another GrandCare client, Esther McKee, has used and enjoyed her GrandCare for eight years. She especially enjoys the ease of video chatting with her children and grandchildren.

Before the pandemic, Esther McKee, 79, went to church, volunteered and visited with friends and two daughters who live nearby. Now, she said, she “would not have my sanity” without the video-chat feature on the GrandCare system she has had for eight years.

By pressing a name on the touch screen, Ms. McKee, who lives alone in a two-bedroom apartment in a 55-plus community in West Bend, Wis., can see any of her three daughters, six grandchildren and many nieces. Nearly every weekday at noon, she and a daughter who lives in Florida eat lunch together by their screens.

McKee also enjoys the peace of mind in knowing that her loved ones will know if she needs help. Her system includes motion sensors in several rooms, and door sensors on her front door and refrigerator.

“I feel comforted knowing that they are watching over me,” she said.

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