Using High Tech to Protect At-Risk Loved Ones
Given current COVID-19 related events, it’s more important than ever to have ways to watch and protect our elderly or at-risk relatives and loved ones. At the same time, these people want to live as independently as possible, and not feel as if they are a burden.
Unfortunately, it’s more difficult than ever to safely move around and visit loved ones most at risk – both here in New England and across the country. One way to compensate for the lack of in-person visitation is to deploy a secure and reliable remote medical monitoring and alerting system.
A Growing Safety Field
There is great potential in the medical monitoring industry, particularly as smart technologies rapidly evolve. A major driver is the maturation of Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions. In fact, this tech was the subject of an expert panel held in Boston last December, as TechTarget notes.
The article describes how companies are exploring ways to embed “IoT remote monitoring for connected medical devices with the intent to improve their products and differentiate themselves from the competition.” These systems are largely still in development, but such an event shows how medical monitoring is a promising field.
Smart Protection Touchpoints
You don’t have to wait for the big medical manufacturers to take advantage of smart medical/safety/health monitoring. There are a number of solutions now ready for deployment to start protecting your parents and other loved ones. These systems can involve:
- Easily triggered panic buttons on a keypad or smartphone
- Waterproof Personal Emergency Response pendants: these are comfortable and can be worn around the neck and wrist, as desired
These smart devices can trigger an alarm to a 24/7 security command center, manned by trained staff. Professionals will evaluate each call or alarm and summon family members and/or dispatch first responders. This way, you can extend protection to seniors and other vulnerable loved ones without making them sacrifice their physical independence.
You can configure the system to your particular needs. For example, are you concerned your loved ones are at risk for wandering out of the premises? Then your provider can create special alerts whenever someone is leaving their location at odd or unapproved hours.
With these systems, you can reduce some of your burden in an already stressful time.
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