For nearly a decade, Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. (ALT) in Cheshire has been the leading provider of the most innovative electronic solutions for aging in place. The internationally recognized, award-winning company has just released its top tech trends for the elderly and people with special needs for the New Year.
“The sheer volume of home safety and assistive devices currently available is astounding,” says Mario D’Aquila, MBA, Vice President of ALT. “Our reputation has been built on offering a select number of premier products that have met our rigorous standards for dependability, affordability and ease of use for both caregivers and clients.”
D’Aquila recommends the best brands to address safety concerns and promote independence:
Walabot HOME is the first and only automated fall alert system developed specifically for the bathroom, where 80% of falls take place. It is also the only fall detection device that does not require any wearable necklace or bracelet. It is automatically activated without pushing a button.
Walabot HOME starts by learning a home’s particular bathroom, then continuously monitors for situations that indicate a fall using the world’s most advanced radio frequency sensors. It delivers four times more accuracy than other automatic fall alert systems while ensuring privacy. If a person falls, the designated emergency contact is notified through a two-way voice call and a text message. The alarm can be disabled at any time simply by standing up. Price $330.00
ALT has achieved a 95% medication compliance rate for clients using electronic automated medication dispensers. MedMinder provides both visual and auditory cueing, and can even send a call to the patient as a reminder, as well as notify caregivers if a regimen is not being followed. Styles range from simple pillboxes to a monthly model that can be filled directly by a pharmacist. Many styles only open one correct compartment and lock the others to avoid accidental overdose. Price ranges from $39.95 - $64.95.
Stovetop sensors automatically turn off the stove to prevent food from catching fire and potentially causing a larger house fire. The top brands, FireAvert and CookStop, monitor for motion and unattended pots or are triggered by smoke.
Unattended and improper use of microwave ovens cause more than 7,000 home structure fires every year. Microwaves are also responsible for more emergency room injury visits than any other cooking device. Safe T Sensor™ is engineered to help prevent microwave fires by interrupting power to the microwave at the first sign of smoke.
SmartRange is the ideal cooking fire safety solution for all glass top electric ranges. SmartRange monitors changes in the range’s cooking temperature. If it detects a cooking fire risk, it will signal a pre-alarm. If the pre-alarm is left unattended, it will automatically shut off the range. Prices for all products range from $149.95 - $429.95.
MyHelp™ 3G Cellular Personal Emergency Response System works without a landline phone to allow the elderly to call for help with just a push of a button. Simply press the waterproof pendant or wristband and speak hands free to an exclusive EMD Certified Monitoring center 24/7 to report a medical emergency, fire, burglary, or just need the comfort of knowing someone is there. Retails for $44.95. “It is the best cellular unit on the market with the highest quality customer service,” says D’Aquila.
Solo and Smart Watch are part of a new line of Mobile Help Emergency Response Systems that offer multiple customization options. Solo products are discreet wearables such as necklace pendants and wristlet pendants that allow clients to live everyday lives without a cumbersome device around their neck. They reduce embarrassment and increase mobility. Smart Watch is an all-in-one smart watch that allows users to call for medical assistance along with keeping up with their daily health needs, and can even tell them the weather. Both the Solo and Smart Watch are trackable devices via GPS. Prices start at $34.95-64.95 per month.
The Wellness Remote Monitoring System offers a sense of comfort and independence to both the caregiver and the individual that needs their support. Discreet wireless sensors with multi-year batteries can be placed on beds, chairs, wheelchairs, etc. and throughout the home on doors, windows and in bathrooms without drilling. A private web dashboard allows caregivers to stay in touch, set reminders and track wellness. The system retails for $399.00. Monthly service fee not included.
“Like many of the products we offer, Wellness is designed to identify problem before they become emergencies by observing daily activity patterns and alerting caregivers if any abnormalities are noticed,” said D’Aquila. “Alerts to caregivers can be either phone calls, text messages, and/or emails letting them know when activities happen in real time, like when Mom gets out of bed in the morning or Dad returns from his afternoon walk.”
The Nest IQ indoor and outdoor video surveillance solution has an added level of security – a unique familiar face recognition technology that knows who should be in the home and who should not. The easy-to-use app can monitor in real time and receive a photo alert of a person 50 feet away. The Nest Hello Doorbell allows a full view of the doorstep. Retails for $229.00.
“Advanced technology will increasingly play a key role in properly caring for our aging population in the comfort of their own homes,” concludes D’Aquila.
Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. is the first company of its kind in Connecticut to provide the most innovative high-tech products that promote safety, improved quality of life and increased independence for the elderly and those with special needs. Since 2010, the family-owned, award-winning company has offered electronic solutions for fall prevention, emergency response, remote monitoring, medication management and home safety. Based in Cheshire with offices in Fairfield and Clinton. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingtechnologies.com or calling 203-235-TECH (8324).