New Technology Allows San Antonio Senior Citizens to Live at Home Longer

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Able to Stay, a provider of “aging in place” services, announced a deal Thursday bringing to San Antonio an innovative and affordable solution for the aging or disabled — and their family caregivers — who are hesitant about the high costs and emotional stress often associated with moving into an assisted living facility.

We wanted to offer an alternative that preserves caregivers’ peace of mind while allowing loved ones to stay safely at home.

AARP research shows that over 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, and much research points to a number of economic and social advantages of doing so. Seniors who stay at home remain a part of their community, and experience a higher quality of life for a longer period of time.

BeClose customers are able to remain in their homes an average of 11 years longer than those seniors who do not install a home monitoring system.

“Hiring a healthcare professional or moving a loved one into a facility can be stressful and costly,” said Joshua Koviak, founder of Able to Stay. “We know, too, that quality of life can suffer from a move. We wanted to offer an alternative that preserves caregivers’ peace of mind while allowing loved ones to stay safely at home.”

The solution empowers care receivers to live more independently while improving their quality of care at home for less than $100 per month. Discrete sensors placed throughout the home track behaviors. A behavioral analysis software engine spots trends and exceptions, and alerts caregivers of irregular activities such as skipped medications or doors left open. These notifications are completely customizable: Receive an email alert during the day about a missed meal, a text alert during the evening about an overflowing bathtub, a call in the middle of the night about a fall, etc.

This information is automatically tracked by the BeClose system, all without a complex installation process, wires, or the need for seniors to worry about whether or not it’s working.

“One thing we love about this product,” says Able To Stay’s VP of Marketing, Mark Figart, “is that unlike other medical alert systems, ours does not require a landline or Internet connection. An Able to Stay technician can usually install the system in under an hour, and it simply stays out of a resident’s way.”

“I was worried about BeClose at first,” said Clay Rushing, an Able to Stay customer, “but it’s been wonderful. My family is happy because they know I’m safe, and I’m happy because I get to stay in the home I love.”

Able to Stay empowers seniors and the disabled to stay in their own homes and out of institutionalized living through the innovative application of simple, easy-to-use technologies that foster independence, dignity, and safety. We believe that no environment offers more potential to provide comfort, inspire healthy habits, and facilitate moments of joy more than the private home.

To learn more about Able to Stay and the BeClose system, please contact:

Joshua Koviak
Founder and CEO
Able to Stay
11503 NW Military Hwy, Ste. 202
San Antonio, TX 78231
(210) 408-1755

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