Amada Senior Care has partnered with the organization “BeClose” to provide a new in-home safety service for seniors and their loved ones. BeClose with Amada is a technology solution that allows loved ones to monitor a senior when they are alone in their home.
“In some cases, seniors either aren’t ready for an in-home caregiver or a full-time caregiver isn’t an affordable option,” said Michael Demoratz, national clinical director for Amada Senior Care. “In these situations, the BeClose with Amada system can be ideal as a preventative, proactive approach to senior care that still supports independence.”
Because of the way BeClose uses groundbreaking technology to passively track a person’s movements and habits in their home, the system is able to send out alerts whenever an issue of concern arises. This gives loved ones peace of mind and can reduce hospital readmissions for healthcare providers.
The BeClose with Amada service works in three simple steps. First, smart sensors are strategically placed in a senior’s home (i.e. in high-traffic areas where statistics have shown that falls and accidents are more likely to occur). These sensors work on a cellular connection, so there is no need for wires, drilling holes in walls, or even an internet connection.
Second, the BeClose system receives data reports to track trends and vulnerabilities for the person being monitored. The sensors notice if something is out of the ordinary; for example, they will notice if a person hasn’t taken medication, has missed a meal, has been out of bed for a long period of time, or has fallen.
Third, the caregivers or family members can monitor the senior’s activity via an online portal and will receive alerts by text, email, or phone call if an issue of concern arises. This real-time distribution of information coupled with the alert system ensures peace of mind for the person being monitored and for their loved ones. It also allows action to be taken quickly if the need arises to do so.
Demoratz said one of the biggest selling points of the BeClose with Amada system is night-time safety. The technology can relay what time the person being monitored went to bed and woke up and if he or she was active during the night. “A big concern for loved ones of someone with dementia is that person leaving the home at odd hours of the night,” Demoratz noted. “BeClose with Amada can ease that concern by immediately notifying loved ones if the door to a patient’s house opens.”
In situations where seniors are unable to accurately relay information about the routines or behavior, BeClose technology provides objective reporting so a clearer picture of their condition can be observed.
According to beclosewithamada.com, 80 percent of Baby Boomers report high levels of stress due to caregiving. Demoratz said BeClose with Amada acts as a supplement caregiver, and is a way for loved ones to be reassured that a senior is behaving in a normal pattern. Since many seniors only receive around four hours of care a day, BeClose provides information about what happens when caregivers are away.
“This is a totally passive monitoring system,” Demoratz said. “The client doesn’t have to do anything. They go about their normal day and routine, and they don’t have to interact or push a button or call anybody.”
BeClose with Amada can provide a lower cost solution for 24-hour care. While this technology can be more affordable than around-the-clock care from a caregiver, it should not necessarily take the place of a caregiver. Even in non-medical situations, some seniors need assistance from a caregiver with activities of daily living, like getting dressed, preparing meals, and bathing. This is why it is important to talk to someone familiar with the technology and with the maze of senior care options to determine the best solution for each situation. To get started, visit www.beclosewithamada.com.
Written by Taylor French, Amada contributor.