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Who's watching Mom -- and what is watching the watchers?

Variable care, yes, but no tech in home care.  The NY Times recently published a blog post about the variability of oversight and quality among the unregulated non-medical agency-based home care industry.  Among the many stressed-out comments and observations from readers (“we too had poor home care quality, how awful”), none suggested that this industry should (or will) have oversight technologies injected into it of any type. Yet, according to this just-published Future of Home Care Technology 2012 report, maybe augmenting a labor-intensive industry with just a little bit of overseeing and communication technology is seen by industry insiders as a good idea -- someday.

Ten new technologies for aging in place

Rounding up from a series of press releases, encounters and other notifications accumulated over the past few months, from the very small firm to the very large, from the very new to the very new release, here are some new technologies and/or services that may be new to you, for use by or in support of older adults.  All material is from the vendor published information:

Home Care Assistance Launches HomeCareAssistant.com

05/04/2012

Home Care Assistance, the leading provider of in-home care for seniors, is proud to announce the launch of HomeCareAssistant.com. The site is just one component of an expansive educational initiative by the company to increase awareness around the topics of healthy longevity and in-home care. With a boom in our aging population and a documented preference by seniors to remain in their homes, there has been a growing interest in understanding what home care is and the important role that caregivers can play in allowing older adults to "age in place".

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Alternate Solutions Healthcare System Partners with Tech Firm Medalogix to Decrease Hospital Readmissions

04/25/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 25, 2012 – Alternate Solutions Healthcare System, a nationally recognized post-acute healthcare provider based out ofDayton, Ohio, has partnered with Medalogix, a Nashville-based technology company, to use a proprietary predictive modeling tool that seeks to reducere-hospitalization rates and boost quality of care for patients. Alternate Solutions is the first home care agency in the state of Ohio to deploy the revolutionary clinical toolset.

The Future of Home Care Technology Survey

Home care technology use needs to be understood now.  Today there are a plethora of surveys in health and aging services topics – ranging from consumer preferences about housing (MetLife), technology product use (Pew and Nielsen), and family caregiver concerns and health technology adoption (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP). But there are no recent surveys about the use of technology among skilled home health providers, geriatric care management and non-skilled/companion care

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