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Technology helps seniors stay independent longer

We all want to remain independent as we age. But living alone can be difficult, if not dangerous, for seniors with declining cognitive abilities, including the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Even common tasks, such as preparing a sandwich, can be a challenge.

kare11There’s good news, however. New technology can help many people with mild cognitive impairments, such as persistent memory loss, stay in their homes a bit longer. Jewish World Review goes into great depth talking about the latest technologies that are helping seniors stay happier and healthier longer.

“There’s a tremendous demand for technological tools to help caregiving, particularly as baby boomers deal with elderly parents who may be living across the country,” says Tracy Zitzelberger, administrative director of the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology. The Portland-based Oregon Health and Science University studies aging and other health issues.

Here is a new technology to help keep a loved one independent and safe:

If Mom lives alone, you want to know whether she’s waking up and going to sleep on time, eating properly, showering and taking medicine. New systems allow adult children to monitor the everyday habits of their ailing parents.

Monitoring services will install wireless sensors in areas of the home that a senior uses most often, including the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. The sensors will track certain kinds of movement, such as when a refrigerator, medicine cabinet or front door opens. During setup, the service will study the senior’s normal pattern of daily activities.

System Comp 2Sensors installed by West Bend, Wis.-based GrandCare Systems (www.grandcare.com) issue a minute-by-minute report to a designated caregiver, who can view the information on a Web page. The sensors will note any changes in normal patterns. For instance, if there’s an unusual amount of movement in the middle of the night, or if the medicine cabinet doesn’t open at the regular times, GrandCare will send an automated message via phone, e-mail or text message to the caregiver.

The cost for a system is about $500 for installation and $100 in monthly fees for a one-bedroom apartment, says Laura Mitchell, vice-president of marketing. GrandCare doesn’t use cameras.

The service’s social component may be just as important to seniors who live alone. A touch-screen computer provides the senior easy access to popular online tools, such as Skype for two-way video chats, family photos on Facebook and family videos on YouTube. If the touch-screen user is a grandfather, for example, “he presses a button that says ‘Suzy’s dance recital’ and watches the video,” Mitchell says.

Michelle Spettel has been using GrandCare to monitor her mother, Esther, who lives alone a half hour away.

“She’s getting older and doesn’t remember things as well,” says Spettel, who lives in West Bend. Spettel goes to a Web page to track her mom’s daily activities.

“I know when she comes home, but it’s not intrusive. I don’t have to call her and say, ‘Mom, did you make it home safe?'” she says.


Information from: jewishworldreview.com

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GrandCare Connects Computer Reluctant Seniors

Senior Life Magazine Article

System keeps seniors connected, monitored with wireless sensors

GrandCare connects
computer reluctant seniors
By george white
There is a reluctance to join the computer
age among many seniors, leaving
family and friends feeling unconnected
as their loved ones age and struggle to
remain independent.
Aging responsibly, with the help of
new technology, is the goal of Grand-
Care Systems, which provides not only
a user-friendly computer access but also
a variety of wireless sensors to report
wellness and activity.
“Essentially our thoughts are that,
with all the technology we have, no
one should live without safety and we
have ways to keep them connected,
even if they live in a facility,’’ said
GrandCare director of Business
relations Laura Mitchell.
A simple touch screen menu allows
access to family videos and photos, as
well as email, and also offers activities
for fun and to remain mentally fit. Family
members can send communications
and reminders for appointments directly
to the touch screen that requires no
technical expertise.
Authorized family members and
caregivers can access reports from
wireless sensors including scales, thermometers,
blood pressure and blood
sugar monitors. There is even a motion
detector that can tell if medications have
been taken on time.
“Caregivers can log into the Website
and get this information and also set up
parameters to be notified if there shows
a problem,’’ Mitchell said.
Information can be sent by a
dedicated channel on television or to
computers via a secure link on the
Internet, she said.
“This is a dedicated system to keep
your loved ones independent and safe
through wireless sensors in the home
and it can be customized for the
individual,’’ she said.
The GrandCare system came on the
market in 2006.
For more information, visit the Web
site www.GrandCare.com

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Working Caregiver- Assistive Technology Release


Working Caregiver- Assistive Technology

Age in place with increased safety, security and dignity.
New Technology Assists Caregivers & Provides Ideal Aging-in-Place Solution

Interactive, wireless communication and wellness system allows aging seniors (and
individuals with chronic conditions) to live independently in their own homes longer.

Home Controls, Inc., an award-winning company that has offered innovative products and services for the home automation industry since 1989, announced earlier this year that it has launched Caregiver Systems, a new division committed to providing quality and fully automated communication and wellness reporting solutions for seniors and those living with chronic conditions. Caregiver Systems was founded to provide a unique and innovative system that allows individuals to “age in place” while providing increased peace of mind for their families.

According to a June 2009 report from the AARP Policy Institute, the population 65 or older is projected to grow by 89 percent between 2007 and 2030, more than four times faster than the population overall. This aging population will skyrocket by another 118 percent between the years 2030 and 2050 as Baby Boomers reach 85. There are approximately 44.4 million caregivers in the U.S., who are struggling to care for their aging loved ones because of the astronomical costs of assisted living and full-time nursing care.

“With the growing number of seniors and caregivers, we saw a definite need for an easy-to-use, automated solution that allows people to stay in their own homes. Most people don’t realize that affordable home technology can supplement human interaction to delay or avoid the need for assisted living,” said Home Controls President Ken Kerr. “We believe our new division offers one of the most innovative and comprehensive solutions available, combining wellness reporting, activity alerts, communication and cognitive tools into a single system. Care facilities also benefit by reducing administrative work and increasing value to residents and their families.” Leveraging its 20-year history in home automation and the unique technology developed by

GrandCare Systems, Caregiver Systems by Home Controls is able to offer its customers the most advanced, feature-packed aging in place technology available today. It combines aspects of home automation, online communications, wellness reporting, activities of daily living alerts and cognitive tools into one easy-to-use, affordable package that pays for itself in the first 30 to 90 days of use. Caregiver Systems’ partners install and also provide a thorough, personalized orientation on how to use the simple touchscreen system.

Caregiver Systems – Complete, Simple, Effective

Caregiver Systems does not require separate systems for seniors and caregivers. The system consists of one touchscreen monitor and wireless “wellness sensors” placed throughout the senior’s home. The wellness sensors monitor important health indicators, including blood pressure, glucose levels, weight, activity and motion, sending wellness reports directly to a secure web page accessed by the caregiver or family member.

Caregiver Systems is also a complete communication system. Especially convenient for working caregivers, relatives and friends simply go online to send messages, reminders and pictures right to the touch screen. The senior needs no computer experience to receive full benefit from Caregiver Systems.

The Caregiver Systems solution includes:

– A central unit consisting of a sturdy touchscreen monitor that connects to any

Internet connection

– “Wellness sensors” which are discreetly placed around the residence to report

activity and wellness to the system

– One touch access to cognitive games, family pictures, appointment reminders and


– Complete system installation and family orientation

– Full monthly support of non-emergency functions, health and activity


– Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) for 24/7 EMT monitoring and
response (optional)

“The beauty of Caregiver Systems is its simplicity. It provides all of the features you’d expect for a top of the line aging in place solution, yet it’s affordable; paying for itself in about three months,” said Cheryl Kerr, Caregiver Systems Division Manager. “We deliberately made the price competitive in order to reach millions of seniors and disabled individuals that want to stay independent in their own homes, and to also help millions of caregivers who are making incredible sacrifices for their loved ones.”

Caregiver Systems is available for installation, anywhere in the U.S. to to www.caregiversystems.com.

About Caregiver Systems

Caregiver Systems, a division of Home Controls Inc. provides affordable, fully installed, easy-touse monitoring and communication systems that provide family members with peace of mind through 24/7 automatic and remote monitoring of a senior’s important health indicators, environment and activities of daily living (ADL). Caregiver Systems allows seniors to age in place with increased safety, security and dignity. Care facilities also benefit by using this solution to enhance their services, improve communication and increase patient interaction.

For more information on how you or your loved one can age in place safely and securely please call 1-858-693-5545 x112 or go to www.caregiversystems.com.

Caregiver Systems for Aging Seniors and Chronic Conditions

Nice article by Home Controls: Caregiver Systems (Strategic Distribution Partner for GrandCare Systems)

Caregiver Systems for Aging Seniors and Chronic Conditions

bioAuthor: Cheryl Kerr, Home Controls Inc.

1) Tell us about the new division Home Controls just launched, Caregiver Systems
Caregiver Systems by Home Controls is an exciting opportunity to help aging seniors and people with chronic illnesses stay independent in their own homes longer than ever before. We feature innovative technology that takes an important step beyond typical home automation.

Dealers will recognize the usual activity monitoring, automatic alerts and 2-way touchscreen communication, but now there are fully integrated wellness devices, reporting, cognitive tools and much more.

In fact, the long list of features and affordable pricing opens up multiple markets including In-home Care Providers and Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) themselves. The feedback we’re receiving is positive across the board…

Read more: http://www.hometoys.com/ezine/09.12/caregiver/