A Loving Company (ALC) Suggests Technological Devices to Help with Personal Safety for Seniors Aging in Place

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your family member aging in place? ALC suggests the following technological devices to help them remain in the comfort of their own home.

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“Home is where people want to be, whether it’s to age in place, or to recover from an illness or injury. People thrive more when they’re in the privacy and familiarity of their own homes,” said Anthony Siciliano, president and founder of A Loving Company.

Many seniors prefer to remain in the comfort of their own home, or “age in place” for as long as possible. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) define aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”

“Home is where people want to be, whether it’s to age in place, or to recover from an illness or injury. People thrive more when they’re in the privacy and familiarity of their own homes,” said Anthony Siciliano, president and founder of A Loving Company Home Health Care (ALC). “In addition to the availability of home health care providers such as ALC, little has had as much of an impact on the ability for seniors to remain safely in their homes, as the advancement of technology.”

Technological devices that can help with personal safety for seniors aging in place include the following:

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that one in three older adults fall each year. Personal emergency response systems (PERS) help in the event of a senior falling and not being able to get up. These home devices can connect to a 24-hour call center with a push of a button. The transmitter can be worn on a neck pendant or bracelet that sends a signal to the call center via a receiver connected to a home phone line.
  • High-tech monitoring systems can watch over seniors and report in to loved ones or to a dispatcher, when something happens that is out of the ordinary (For example, you go into the bathroom and don’t come out after a reasonable amount of time.)
  • Sensor technology can help to monitor a senior’s vitals. The Health-e-Chair by Commwell Medical utilizes biosensors to monitor blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, lung sounds and more. Options exist whereby the senior can either self-monitor, or transmit date to a health-care professional.
  • A Rescue Alert® medical alert monitoring system can monitor a pillbox electronically and alert a remote location if the lid isn’t opened when it’s supposed to be. MD 2 is another monitored pill dispenser that can be loaded, refilled and dispensed, all on time with one touch of a button.

The philosophy of ALC Home Health is to work respectfully, holistically and collaboratively with clients and their families, caregivers and multidisciplinary team in order to provide quality health care within one’s home. ALC’s service area now includes DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Grundy, DeKalb and Boone Counties.

For additional information visit http://www.alovingcompany.com or call 630-368-1102.

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