In Elder Care, Signing on Becomes a Way to Drop ByBy Larson, Christine; New York Times,
Publication Date: February 4, 2007
Article focuses on QuietCare, which is a home health alarm system provided by ADT Security Services. The system can be used by older adults who would like to live independently, but who could also use a degree of home monitoring for safety purposes. Caregivers can log onto a website several times each day to check on QuietCare clients, as motion sensors track activities such as opening and closing the refrigerator, when the client gets in and out of bed, and how long the client stays in the bathroom. If normal patterns begin to vary, the alarm company automatically alerts caregivers. QuietCare also utilizes a 24-hour call center that is staffed with operators who are trained to help older adults through emergency situations. Another system called iCare Health Monitoring uses a different model, as it attempts to prevent emergencies by allowing care providers, family members, and older adults to keep track of specific health data such as blood pressure, weight, or medication usage. The system uses a small electronic device with a text screen and four input buttons. The iCare system asks a series of daily multiple-choice questions about an older person’s health, while family members or other care providers can view answers online in order to look for potential health changes. The iCare system is available via CVS online (http://www.cvs.com).
Assistive Products Discussed: ADT COMPANION SERVICES PERSONAL RESPONSE SYSTEM
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