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SALNUT CREEK, Calif., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SafeinHome , a new senior safety system designed for adult children to help their aging parents live safely at home, was highlighted on KGO TV's ABC News 7:00am on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 . The news segment featured a live demonstration of the product and interviews with SafeinHome founder and inventor Jack Lloyd, whose medical monitoring devices, especially pulse oximetry, are as pervasive as thermometers.
"All of us at SafeinHome have firsthand experience as family caregivers so we know the impact on families, and the practical and emotional challenges," Lloyd said. "We asked consumers what they wanted and didn't want in a system like this. We developed a solution that could monitor the senior's activities and daily routines but wasn't intrusive and could send custom alerts to family caregivers' smartphones to notify them if something had changed in the senior's normal patterns."
While seniors prefer to live at home longer but nearly 80 percent over age 75 depend exclusively on unpaid family members for their care. Actual costs of in-home care also add up. In addition to medical expenses and the cost of maintaining the home, private duty care can run as high as $50,000 a year out of pocket for part-time help.
SafeinHome is a new mobile solution that helps lower care costs by providing oversight of the senior when they're home alone which supports family caregivers and helps keep aging parents living safely at home longer. Without invading the senior's privacy, SafeinHome's mobile device-enabled services use wireless sensors to track the elderly person's activities while they're home, their length of stay in a room, when they leave and return to the house, if they've left the stove on or touched their medications, and more. The system sends information directly to family members' smartphones or tablets, and alerts them about unusual events that could mean there is a problem.
Jeff Langner of Lafayette, CA, purchased SafeinHome to help care for his mother who lives alone in Oakland. "SafeinHome is simple, elegant and well thought out. We have sensors in the main rooms my mother occupies, but they are not intrusive. If I see there's been no activity for some period of time I'll get an alert on my smartphone. I'll know her pattern has been broken and get in touch with her. And my mom likes the concept and that her sons can check on her remotely."
SafeinHome is the only device in the aging in place market that doesn't require the senior to do anything to transmit a signal to the adult child, unlike other devices. For more information call (855) is Mom OK (855-476-6665) or visit www.safeinhome.com .
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