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					Elderly Home Care

Hi-Tech Elderly Home Care Helps Make Nursing Homes a Thing of the
Past

It's something my sister and I have heard ever since we were young, and
somehow, my father and my mother completely agreed on this too - when
they were too old to live independently (and I don't really think they
expected the day would actually come), we were not to send them to a
nursing home. Instead, we were to think of some kind of a pain-free
euthanasia method to dispatch them. Yes, that's gruesome, but the way
they said it, it seemed like it was the nursing home that was gruesome,
and what they were suggesting was in fact a humane alternative. But now
that they are both closing on 90 and their health is failing from a number
of diseases that we all get as we live out our geriatric years, I've had to
investigate the options to nursing home care. I didn't have a choice - If I
did convince them to go to one, they would probably run away or
something. The thing is, technology now has made elderly home care
completely possible by remote control. There are ways to go off to work
and still be sure that your parents haven't slipped and fallen, that they have
had their exercise, that they've remembered to eat. Of course, it's the
Internet and several high-tech devices that make this possible.

Perhaps the devices and the abilities listed below seem like just some more
high-tech wizardry on the market - more stuff on the crowded shelves at
the stores; you have to understand that nothing could be farther from the
truth. Assisted-living, nursing homes and old-age homes have been ways to
put our elderly relatives out to pasture for about a century now. This no
longer has to be done. With these elderly home care devices, your parents
can live with you; your children and their grandparents can get to know
each other, and life will be much kinder to all concerned without wrecking
anyone's worklife. If this isn't a revolution, what is?

Phillips Lifeline is a unit of the electronics giant that services the elderly
home care market. The Lifeline is a Panic Button pendant that can be worn
by a person; when an emergency occurs, they can press the button on the
pendant, and right away, Philips will send emergency doctors home and call
the designated person. Even better, they have an AutoAlert system that can
detect falls on its own and call the doctor is in. The service costs $50 a
month.

What do you do in a case where you fear that grandma is perhaps too ill
to contact you? What if an elderly person suffers a stroke and can't press
a button? The alternative is a system that costs about $1000 a month. An
elderly home care company called GrandCare installs custom sensors
everywhere your parents are likely to go in the home. They will put a
sensor in the shower so that they'll know if mom has fallen down; there
will be one next to the toilet to make sure she isn't having trouble getting
up. There'll be one on her bed to make sure she gets up at the right
time, and there will be one on every door to the house to alert you when
she goes out.

How about the pill taking regimen that every elderly person needs to have
help with? There are typically a dozen kinds of medicine; how can they
ever remember all of that without personal help from you? That's where the
Philips Medication Dispensing Service comes in. You can stock it up with
60 doses of pills, and the machine will speak out when it's time to take
them. If the pills aren't taken after a reminder, the device will get on the
phone and alert you. The service costs $75 a month. Or consider the
ActiveCare Personal Assistance Link; it's a basic cell phone that also has
GPS and a fall detector. If an elderly person has fallen, the device will
right away call for help, with GP{S coordinates.

In the future, elderly home care promises to get even better. They will put
sensors on a walking stick or on the shoes to help remind a person that
there is not enough exercise they've had.
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