Living Independently partners with LifeFone offering seniors greater security with peace of mind for families

New York 03 November 2003Living Independently Inc., a next generation health and elder care company that helps seniors live more safely in their own homes, has partnered with LifeFone to deliver the first affordable, round-the-clock home health security system for seniors and their families. The service combines Living Independently's QuietCare 24/7 Eldercare Health Security System and LifeFone's Personal Emergency Response Service into a unique new service that allows seniors to continue living independently, but with greater peace of mind for them and their families, for less than $3 per day.

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With proprietary, patented technology, the QuietCare System unobtrusively tracks senior citizens' activities of daily living (ADLs) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides comprehensive reports and alerts to family members and/or caregivers. "Seniors and their families now have a truly integrated service that not only summons help during life threatening emergencies, but helps to prevent them before they happen", commented Living Independently's President and CEO Steve Cohen.

QuietCare is at the forefront of elder care, and is the first commercially available, affordable system of its kind. Comprised of five inconspicuous, wireless activity sensors placed strategically in the senior's home, the system collects information about the senior's daily activities: whether the individual has gotten out of bed, navigated the bathroom safely, prepared their meals and taken their medication.

What makes QuietCare truly unique is the fact that it "learns" each individual's normal patterns and notes any changes in those norms. Information is analysed around the clock by the QuietCare data centre and processed in real time so that LifeFone's 24-hour response centre can respond quickly and appropriately to both emergencies and emerging problems before they become critical. And, depending upon the senior's and family's preferences, the LifeFone team will contact caregivers or family members via phone, e-mail, text message, pager or fax. Thus, the system is completely customized for each individual senior.

"This system is able to provide family members and caregivers with a 24/7 early warning system about the safety and well-being of their elderly loved one", stated Mr. Cohen. "Without interfering with the senior's daily routine or invading their privacy, the QuietCare System allows them to continue living independently by helping to prevent debilitating and costly hospital visits."

"This new service offering addresses the emerging needs of the more than 35 million people in the United States over the age of 65, who are among the fastest growing population groups in our society", commented LifeFone President Ron Maggio. "With the rising cost of health care and the financial burden of home health aides and the struggles of families caring for their elder loved ones, the need for secure, reliable home health monitoring is paramount. This new, unique, comprehensive service helps to ensure a constant connection between elders, their family, and caregivers."

This exclusive partnership offers two levels of service to consumers. The Gold Level service package offers the 24/7 QuietCare service with monitoring by LifeFone's emergency response team for a monthly fee of $79,95. The Diamond Level service offers the same 24/7 QuietCare service, the LifeFone emergency response team monitoring, and a full personal emergency response system for a monthly fee of $89,95. There is a modest, one-time activation fee for both plans of $149,95.

Following more than 12 years of research and development funded in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Aging, Living Independently Inc. launched the QuietCare service in 2002. It is the first commercially available solution of its kind and addresses the emerging needs of the 30-million and growing population of 65+ years old persons who live alone in the United States.

LifeFone has been an innovator in providing security and peace of mind to tens of thousands of people throughout the United States and Canada for more than 20 years. Utilizing the latest information technology and their continued commitment to caring, personal response, LifeFone is in the forefront of the health care communications industry. LifeFone gives individuals instant access to caring and help 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Subscribers can directly contact their specially trained LifeFone staff with the simple push of a button. LifeFone helps to maintain their subscribers' independence and overall quality of life by helping to ensure early intervention in emergency situations. As a provider of Personal Response Services, LifeFone is recommended by health care providers throughout North America. These providers include hospitals, area agencies on aging, home health care providers, social workers and geriatric care managers. LifeFone is an integral part of their overall care programme.


Leslie Versweyveld

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