Home Care Technology Helps Keep Seniors in their Homes Longer

We live in a world of technology. All around us incredible advancements in devices and systems offers a higher quality of life as they provide conveniences as well as support necessary functions. For seniors, technology offers the opportunity for increased independence and the ability to live in their own homes for much longer. Home care technology is advancing at an incredible rate, and allowing more seniors on a daily basis to enjoy continuing to live the active and vital lives to which they are accustomed, while also making sure that they remain safe and secure.

Home Care in Grand Rapids, MIHome care technology involves systems of sensors and other monitoring devices that are placed around a senior’s home and are connected to management centers that process the information provided by the sensors in devices so that dangers and risk factors can be identified promptly, and then taking care of effectively. One example of such a system is called eNeighbor. This is a system of sensors that are placed around the home of a senior in order to detect patterns of movement throughout the home that can indicate a fall or other medical emergency. If an emergency situation it is suspected, a representative at the monitoring center will call the home to make sure that everything is okay. If the senior does not respond, more calls are made to emergency contacts listed by the senior, and eventually to 911. This can provide rapid rescue services that can truly save lives.

Simpler forms of home care technology include sensors that can indicate medication compliance, can take vital signs, and indicate regular movement and treatment activities. The information that is gathered by the sensors can even be transmitted remotely to a care worker, family member, neighbor or even doctor. This ensures up-to-date information and the ability to address emerging needs promptly. Many seniors signed that without these systems of home care technology they would be completely unable to live in their own homes without around-the-clock care. This technology is allowing seniors to embrace life and enjoy their independence for much longer.

If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Grand Rapids, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300  for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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