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Smart Speakers Meet Seniors: Introducing Constant Companion

Amazon Alexa EchoSmart technology is making it easier and easier for many Americans to manage their everyday lives. From smart speakers and smart phones, to smart thermostats and smart doorbells, technology offers its users safety, energy conversation, convenience, and fun. Smart speakers in particular are becoming more and more popular amongst American households. According to National Public Media, the average American household now owns 2.6 smart speaker devices. More and more users are familiar with voice-command technology, making smart speakers and voice assistants a regular part of everyday life.

That same technology is now being utilized to offer peace of mind to both seniors and their family members through Constant Companion, an easy to use Amazon Alexa specifically designed for seniors. Visiting Angels Punta Gorda is proud to provide our clients with this wonderful device. Read on to learn more about Constant Companion and how it can improve the quality of life for you or your aging loved one.

What is Constant Companion?

Constant Companion is the latest caregiving tool. It is a digital voice assistant and Smart Home System that is specifically designed for seniors. It operates on the Amazon Alexa platform. It’s not a replacement for home care or family caregiving but is the perfect supplement for seniors needing assistance. It also gives family members peace of mind knowing that this device is available 24/7.

How do I Call for Help?

Constant Companion allows seniors to call for help 24/7 with the sound of their voice. Urgent response agents are always available on a private secure network, so help is available no matter what time of day you need it. In the case of an emergency, the device can dispatch 9-1-1. No landlines are needed, so if the phone lines are down due to weather, seniors can use Constant Companion to communicate. Because it is voice-activated, seniors do not need to worry about wearing a device or keeping their phone in reach. Seniors can call for help anywhere in their home. Constant Companion responders are three times faster and 86% more reliable than medical alert pendants.

How Does it Assist with Caregiving?

Many seniors find the reminders feature to be very valuable. From medication reminders to important appointments or birthdays, Constant Companion acts as your personal assistant. It’s easy to set reminders through Constant Companion. Simply tell the device what you want reminded about and how frequently, and Constant Companion will remind you. Visiting Angels caregivers can even set reminders during their visits, so you can remember to take your medication or thaw a frozen dinner you and your caregiver prepared earlier.

How Does it Benefit Families?

Constant Companion gives peace of mind to family members by taking the burden off daily check-ins. The device calls your aging loved one daily to check in, then emails the results to the family. This is a great perk for families that may live out-of-town or who are busy with their own families or career. It also gives more autonomy to the senior, taking away the feeling of being a burden to their family members. Many families have peace of mind knowing that this device and service is constantly available to their aging loved one. No need to worry about them forgetting their cell phone or medical alert device, should they need to call for help, they just need to use their voice.

What Else Can it Do?

Beyond being a 24/7 call for help and reminder device, Constant Companion provides companionship and fun for its users. Seniors can call families and friends in their personal circle through the device, no phone needed. They can listen to their favorite music or news programs, or enjoy games designed for seniors. Grandchildren can send their grandparents jokes or relay stories about their day from their Amazon Alexa, giving seniors something to look forward to throughout the day. Again, our Visiting Angels caregivers can assist with the set up so that you can enjoy listening to your favorite music or audiobook when everyone else is away.

How Do I Get Started with Constant Companion?

Getting started with Constant Companion is easy. Simply contact Visiting Angels Punta Gorda by calling 941-347-8288 Punta Gorda or 239-226-1620 Cape Coral. Whether you’re a current client or ready to become a client, mention that you’re interested in a Constant Companion device. We are excited to offer this device at no cost to clients once they have done 20 hours per week. Our caregivers will install and customize the device specific to your needs. They will also ensure you are comfortable and familiar with the device and can fine-tune the settings during each Visiting Angels visit.

Visiting Angels Punta Gorda is proud to partner with Constant Companion. We are proud to be a part of the smart-home technology movement that is allowing more and more seniors to remain in the comfort of their home. In addition to Constant Companion, we provide a variety of senior home care services that support seniors and their desire to live safely and independently at home. Please contact us today to learn more about Constant Companion and our amazing senior home care services.

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