Recent technology advances have enabled a variety of new in-home devices that can greatly improve the quality of life and safety for those with dementia who remain living in their homes. Furthermore, these technologies give family members and caregivers peace of mind when they are away from home. Finally, they can save families money because they decrease the amount of home care hours that are required to keep their loved one safe and to maintain their emotionally equilibrium.
Our organization has partnered with eMedical Alerts to help families learn more about these systems, their costs and benefits. Complete this short form to speak with a Care Consultant about whether this service is right for your family.
What is In-Home Safety Monitoring?
Remember the old “life alert” devices that would enable an individual who had experienced a fall to push a button and receive assistance. Today’s in-home safety devices are vastly more sophisticated and superior. Activity or the lack of activity in a home can be tracked and monitored remotely by smartphone. Alternatively, any unusual activity can be detected and trigger alerts to one or more phones or emergency responders. All the while preserving the privacy of the individual suffering from dementia. Today’s systems can track and alert caregivers and family members in real-time. These systems are capable of tracking the following:
Essentially, a complete picture of the individual with dementia’s activity can be created in real-time without compromising their privacy. A network of family members can receive alerts when unusual activity occurs or they can check in as frequently as they choose from their smartphones.
How Does It Work?
A series of tiny sensors are placed throughout the home in important locations such as on bedroom doors, bathroom / shower doors and doors that open to the outside of the house or garage. More sensors are placed by the stove and in a specialized pill dispenser. Finally, the individual wears a discreet pin or pendant that detects falls. Information is transmitted either through the home Internet connection or a cellular network (in case of outages or if there is no home Internet). Alerts are then sent via text message or email to whomever the family chooses. A smartphone app allows family and caregivers to check in whenever it is convenience for them.
How Much Do They Cost?
Costs vary depending how robust the system is. On the low end, some vendors charge less than $1 / day or more feature-rich systems cost approximately $3 / day. Some vendors have additional charges for set up or they have a “per sensor” charge. Other vendors offer all-inclusive pricing. Through Medicaid, veterans’ programs and some state-based programs, financial assistance may be available depending on one’s state and financial situation.
For detailed pricing or to speak with an expert on whether one of these services is right for your loved one, complete this short form.