98-Year-Old Woman Uses Apple Watch App, ElderCheck NowŽ, to Check-in with Family as She Travels through Europe
FallCall Solutions LLC recently provided a nonagenarian world traveler with a new app designed to help seniors share wellness information with a caregiver using Apple WatchŽ or iPhoneŽ.
The app, ElderCheck NowŽ, is helping to put caregivers at ease by allowing them to receive important heart rate, GPS location and simple communications from an elder they care for.
“Most families would be more than a little concerned about a 98-year-old Grandmother departing for month long European tour,” stated Kristin Gregg MD, Connecticut Physician and Co-Founder of FallCall Solutions LLC, developer of ElderCheck Now. “My grandmother, nicknamed ‘Noodle,’ and I wanted to demonstrate how Elders can be active and explore their world, while still feeling the safety of being connected to the ones that care for them.”
ElderCheck Now provides assurance to caregivers as today’s seniors are becoming more and more active. By pressing either “I’m OK” or “Call Me” on ElderCheck Now’s simple to use, two-button interface, the app will collect the most recent heart rate sample and GPS location and transmit the information back to a caregiver.
Smart Watches and Phones are becoming very interesting to healthcare providers and caregivers because of their power to detect and report potential problems, hazards or other key health information that elders need to share to help improve their care. These advances are helping to pave the way to a new classification of smart-care referred to as “Telemonitoring,” an electronic method of providing health supervision to seniors who wish to live and remain independent, but still require some care or assistance. Telemonitoring apps can also detect and report problems faster, as other wireless devices throughout the home can trigger digital fail-safes that can prompt a health response.
As Noodle traveled through Europe for a month long expedition, she used ElderCheck Now to check-in with her family. She also shared photos and videos of her journey that were posted to FallCall Solution’s Facebook page. “Noodle’s journey really helped other seniors to connect with the idea that telemonitoring technology like ElderCheck Now could help enrich their lives.
We are hoping to inspire more seniors to embrace these new apps and give them the confidence that they need to get out on their own adventures,” claims Kristin. “Even if that adventure is as simple as a walk to the park or the supermarket, just knowing that my Grandmother is okay while she is out helps us both put our worries aside and go on living our lives.”
The ElderCheck Now app is currently available at a limited time promotional price on the App StoreŽ of just $5.99 (reg. $8.99) and requires downloads to caregiver and elder devices for functionality. System requirements: IOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and Apple Watch.
More information can be found at www.elderchecknow.com