What’s In A Wired Home?
The boomer generation that has grown up with e-mail, cell phones and video cameras is now using all of these things to help care for their aging parents.
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In addition to camera monitoring, companies offer other kinds of services to help keep track of an elderly person's daily activities.
Some use motion sensors to monitor someone's movement around the house, and daily tasks like preparing coffee. Companies that specialize in this kind of monitoring — such as SimplyHome, QuietCare and BeClose — provide detailed activity information for loved ones to see on a private website.
Medical alert services like LifeStation and ActiveCare offer emergency help at the push of a button. A similar service offered by Philips Lifeline can also detect falls, instead of relying on the user to push the button.
Still other services like MedMinder and Philips Lifeline's ManageMyPills offer reminders to take medication or, in the case of FineThanx, provide automated daily check-in calls and will alert others when there's no answer.
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