[tabi] A sampling of elder care aids for the wireless age

  • From: "Darla J. Rogers" <djrogers0628@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 23:06:31 -0600

A sampling of elder care aids for the wireless age The Associated Press 
Wireless technology is giving adult children new options for monitoring elderly 
parents who want to stay in their own homes. - Grandcare, of West Bend, Wis., 
sells a home monitoring system that costs $2,000 to buy or $99 per month to 
lease, plus a $79 monthly service fee.

Fees vary depending on the number of sensors and features requested. Sensors 
placed around the home track daily movements, including when doors are opened, 
and send the information to a secure website. Seniors can also attach medical 
devices like a blood pressure cuff to the Grandcare terminal and record their 
readings. The system can also be used to remotely control the lights and 
thermostat. - BeClose of Vienna, Va., offers a system of motion sensors for 
$299, plus a $79 monthly service fee. A $399 package has additional features, 
including a bed sensor placed underneath the mattress, which indicates when the 
bed is occupied. The system can be programmed to send alerts in various 
instances, such as if the person doesn't get out of bed. - The Maya system from 
MedMinder in Newton, Mass., is a wireless-enabled pillbox that stores all of a 
patient's medications for the week on a large tray. When it's time to take the 
medication, the appropriate compartment lights up and beeps. If the pills are 
not taken within an hour, the company's automated system calls the patient. If 
there is no answer, the company calls the patient's loved one. The patient's 
caregiver programs the medication schedule using a company website. The device 
is available at BestBuy for $179 or through the company's website. The monthly 
service fee is $29.95 . ? 2011 Kansas City Star and wire service sources. All 
Rights Reserved. http://www.kansascity.com . 

Darla & Precious Roxy
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