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Latest Monitoring Gadgets for Seniors

For many seniors today, their number one goal is today is to remain independent and live at home. And while their children generally want this to occur, they are also concerned with the well-being and safety of their parents. As in-home monitoring systems become more widely available, seniors and their children are beginning to embrace these systems as an aid that address the dual set of concerns.

See the longer version of  “Imagine The Future of Aging” here.

In the late eighties, monitoring systems consisted of “panic” call buttons were worn around the neck, which an elderly person (or anyone for that matter) would push to summons help from a remote monitoring station. You may remember the Life Alert and Life Callcommercials which played all the time on late night TV. Well, in-home monitoring has come a long way since then. And as this video shows, technology is changing the rules of the game.

Here is a rundown of basic monitoring gadgets that will help seniors achieve that level of independence.

Call Systems

One option is the QuietCare TM wristband or pendent which can summon help from ADT’s home monitoring system up to 600 feet from the home. The product gives you the advantage of talking directly with professionals It comes with an alert command center and a wearable pendent.

A few months ago, we reported that General Electric signed a technology and distribution agreement with Living Independently Group, the New York-based creator of QuietCare systems, which uses wireless sensors to subtly track patient’s daily activities.

The system sends alerts to caregivers when unusual behaviors arise or normal behavioral patterns are disrupted, possibly signaling a medical emergency or significant health change. The most common in-home monitoring systems use contact or wireless motion sensors throughout the home to track seniors’ movements. If typical activity patterns are not recorded, family members or 24-hour response workers are alerted.

Another development is the GE QuietCare TM home care system which provides a 24/7 home monitoring system that allows seniors to maintain safe, independent living. It is a home care monitoring system that provides early detection and early warning of emergencies by identifying potentially dangerous changes in behavior.

Vital Sign Monitors

In addition to general home care services, Senior Friend is the “agency of choice” for the tele-health HomMed system. It is the only agency with a capability in this area. It has partnered with HomMed and is utilizing the innovative HomMed health monitoring system in selected patients’ homes. Each day, the monitor will collect subjective and clinical data such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and even temperature when necessary.



MyHalo is a step ahead for you and your caregivers and it brings the future home. This is the only system offering automatic 24/7 vital signs and activity monitoring, including advanced fall detection. That means, you don’t have to push a panic button, because the system already knows when you have fallen. Your caregivers receive alerts right away.

Another interesting option for home monitoring is The Healthsense® Web Portal, the web interface for accessing patient information. All that is required is a computer with a standard browser and access to the internet. For security, the Healthsense® website is protected with 128 bit SSL encryption. Each user is required to login to the web site with a unique user name and password. You can learn about this systemhere.


Verizon may be rolling out a home monitoring and control system based on technology from 4Home. Website CE Pro discovered a document on an FCC Web site that describes the Verizon Home Monitoring Gateway and Home Monitor Service, referring to the service as “4Home.” Verizon however is being unusually tight lipped when it comes to this possible product launch. You can read an ElderGadget post about this .


Motion Sensors

Check out an elder gadget article on the work being done by Petaluma. They are developing gadgets that include front-door Webcams, motion sensors, and light controls that can communicate with a control device and the PC. BrickHouse Alert Tele-Assist and BrickHouse Alert Mobile GPS are the only PERS systems that work in conjunction to give you complete protection, 24/7, no matter where you are in the world. Without the need to press a button you are connected to live help, instantly, when and where you need it.

According to statistics, vast majority of accidental deaths of elders age over 80 are due to falls. This system is able to learn patterns of normal activity from abnormal ones by observing the trajectory overtime. When a fall is detected, the system can automatically initiate a video phone call to 911 or the doctor for immediate assistance.

There are so many remarkable systems being developed to address the issue of senior safety. Here’s another personal emergency response system for you to view which addresses some of the shortcomings of certain systems, and amazing fall sensor technology.

Reminder & Organizer

The advancements in home monitoring extend to all areas of maintaining independence. Some developments include medication reminders that actually “tell” you when its time to take your medication.

You can read an ElderGadget review of such a product called theTalking Monthly Pill Reminder & Organizer. Available for $69.00, this product matches the visual dates on pill boxes and clocks in with audible alerts. This organizer/reminder has an extra loud sound to alert and colored coding when the daily dose is complete.


Lastly, with MedSignals you can manage up to four different medications. This product records when pills are taken and uploads usage times automatically to a server by home phone line.


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