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Aging in Place: Deaconess Adds Senior Products, Services
Deaconess Medical Monitoring partners with Guardian
Deaconess Associations Foundation (DAF) has entered into a partnership with Guardian Medical Alert Systems to provide products and services for senior citizens aging in place in their homes.
Deaconess Medical Monitoring (Powered by Guardian) has been added to the DAF senior citizen portfolio. Deaconess Medical Monitoring (DMM) provides safety systems and products to help its more than 1,200 senior citizen customers maintain a safe and independent lifestyle even while dealing with complicated medical issues.
Its Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is the most popular product so far. The PERS enables seniors to remain safely in their homes with the knowledge that help is always a push-of-a-button away. Subscribers wear a necklace or wristband that engages a personal emergency response to bring help in case of falls in the home or home security breaches.
The DMM product portfolio includes medication management, internet video monitoring, personal location devices, and whole house security. Easy use and worry-free safety are hallmarks of the medical monitoring products.
“Many of our clients live independently, but there are senior living facilities that are also clients,” said Pat Ward, executive director at DAF. “The beauty of these products is that they can be used in a stand-alone home or part of a planned community. They can help seniors remain in their homes as long as quality of life permits, no matter where your home is.”
The Medication Management System is a reminder and dosage tool for people with multiple prescriptions or complex medication schedules. The dispenser can load a month’s worth of medications at a time and alerts the client when a medication should be taken. Clients hit a blue button on the unit to acknowledge that they have taken a dose. If the client fails to acknowledge taking the medicine, the unit withdraws the dose after a certain time frame and notifies the individual identified as a first responder.
“This is ideal for people with a complicated array of medications who may get confused or forget to take medication,” said Ward. “The system also prevents over-dosing.”
Other personal emergency response products include floor mat sensors that measure physical activity in a home or assisted living facility; smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; a lock box to store a spare key; a personal Global Positioning Service (GPS) location device that monitors physical movement both in and outside a home for active seniors who garden or take walks; and a “Virtually There” video camera service that scans rooms in a home and can be accessed by a caregiver through the Internet or smart phone.
“The camera can scan the room and show that a client is going up and down stairs, or is eating,” said Holly Williamson, DMM coordinator. “If a person is bedridden and not supposed to get out of bed, the wandering management mat sends out a signal when you step on it to a central station. If a client is up at 3 a.m., the camera or sensors show that, too. Lots of dementia and Alzheimer patients and their caregivers use these devices.”
Costs include an installation fee along with a monthly fee. Deaconess is working on contracts with various local senior citizens organizations to provide aid to low-income seniors. For more information about the Deaconess Medical Monitoring program, contact Williamson at (513) 559-2827.
Deaconess Hospital, 311 Straight St. in Clifton, closed in 2009 and has evolved into a medical mall of products, solutions and resources for greater Cincinnati’s seniors and their caregivers.
DAF helps older adults experience more vibrant, active and fulfilling lives by providing and supporting programs and resources for senior citizens aging in place. It is an affiliate of Deaconess Associations, Inc., which owns and operates Deaconess Long Term Care facilities in Ohio, Kansas and Missouri, and the Heimlich Institute, dedicated to using the creative portion of our minds in medicine and in life.
FullLife (www.LiveFull.org), a Deaconess website featuring over 15,000 chronic disease and senior health articles, and the Independent Transportation Network of Greater Cincinnati (www.itngreatercincinnati.org), along with Beyond Driving with Dignity are DAF-supported initiatives.
For more information about DAF programs and resources for senior citizens aging in place, go to www.DeaconessFoundation.org or www.LiveFull.org.
Holly Williamson, left, Deaconesss Medical Monitoring coordinator, helps Margaret Violand of the Cottingham Retirement Community in Sharonville learn how to use her new medication monitoring system. Deaconess offers senior citizens an array of senior-oriented products and services so they can live safely and comfortably in their own homes as long as possible. (Photo Provided)