Next Generation PERS

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I went to visit my 96 years of fabulous-living mom. Of course we talked about age in place related stuff (she lives alone in her own home) and some things that we could do while we were there to make it safer for her.

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One day we were sitting in the kitchen, yacking it up, when her personal emergency response system (PERS) went off and did a required system check among other things. Scared the living heck out us! If you have ever heard one go off you know what I mean. It’s like an air raid drill alert.

When we calmed down that triggered a discussion about PERs. We recommended that she switch to one of the new generation of PERS a GPS/Cellular System that would allow her to be protected away from the house.

She chose the Mobile Help System that works anywhere a cell phone on the AT+T network works. That means in the car, (yes, she drives…too fast. But that’s another story.) in the store, (she does her own shopping) church, theater – you get the idea.

The super neat thing is it operates just like her old system when she’s at home. When she leaves the house she just takes the Voice Help button with her and she’s covered. No matter where she is the GPS satellite technology can pinpoint her location so the emergency response center can send help should she need it.

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Meres ‘Mack’ McCarroll

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  1. Wayne Caswell, Modern Health Talk

    Rather than a separate PERS device and service, consider a Free app for her smartphone. The smartphone, with it’s accessibility features, accelerometer, speech recognition, support of wireless sensors, GPS location, video calling, and cellular access to cloud services, can be a better PERS, especially as it gets smaller and cheaper. It’s also a better watch, alarm clock, music player, camera & camcorder, photo library & frame, and so much more. With such extreme value, convenience and extendability, it’s the one device that’s most likely to be with you. It’s not yet widely adopted by seniors over age 85, but I see that as changing.

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