By Guest Blogger Dale Carter of TransitionAgingParents.com”
Both solutions I’m highlighting today include the following benefits.
- simple to set up and use
- well-designed and tested
- support an aging parent’s independence and desire to age-in-place
The first product is OnTimeRX (“timely email, phone, SMS reminders”) with reminder call (or message) for each medication a person takes. This product has been in use since 2000, and was developed by Long-Term care pharmacist Susan Torrico.
- How many of our aging parents take every one of their medications on schedule every time? It is indeed a challenge for the elderly.
- With the growing desire to age in place, and with the growing number of medications needed as we age, this service meets a critical daily need.
- There’s an added bonus to the service! Calls can also be scheduled for other reasons, such as monitoring blood sugar, meal times, etc.
The concept is simple with the reminder calls/messages being offered to a land line, cell phone, computer email, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile smart phone, or PDA.
Here’s how it works. You and your aging parent:
- Tell the service how your aging parent wishes to receive the reminder calls and/or messages
- Set up the reminder schedule
- Record a personalized message for each call
- Benefits? It’s simple to set up, flexible to any care plan needs, and is reliable, stress-free and non-judgmental. It certainly does support aging-in-place.
As OnTimeRX says, “Think of OnTimeRX as a personal assistance or automated ‘To Do list that keeps people on track and happily involved in their own daily care routines.”…www.OnTimeRX.com
The second product is FineThanx (“make every day independence day”) offering a daily automated call.
- How many of our parents forget to wear their PERS (personal emergency alert systems)? I venture to say, quite a few.
- We’ve heard the statistics. One in every 3 persons aged 65+ falls each year.
- With the growing desire to age in place and the risk of falling at home alone, wouldn’t it be great to have an automated system that checks on your loved one every 24 hours and communicates their status to their whole Circle of Care (including children that live far away)?
Peter Sharp, founder of FineThanx, developed this automated call system as a result of a person experience with his grandmother who fell, did not use her alert button and was not found for 2 days.
The service is simple but definitely meets the need!
- A call is made once or twice a day to the home of the elderly person. The automated message tells the person to press “1″ if they are ok, press “2″ if they need help.
- If “2″ is pressed or if the call goes unanswered after 3 attempts, an second automated call sequence commences, calling one person at a time within the Circle of Care (established by the family)
- Members of the family’s Circle of Care receives email notification of calls each day so they can rest assured their loved one is ok.