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24/7 Senior Care Assistance with Constant Caregiver

Meet our newest Angel: Alexa!

In our on-going commitment to keeping the elder community safe and linked to the outside world, Visiting Angels® proudly introduces one of our latest developments in senior care.

We leveraged the power of Amazon’s Echo Dot with our proprietary system to act as a voice-activated medical alert. This breakthrough in senior care connects subscribers to urgent response agents 24x7.

A Constant Companion for Seniors

One of the reasons seniors in our care thrive in their own homes is because we facilitate their relationship with the outside world. Our caregivers provide experienced and compassionate attention to those in our aging population by offering home care, companion care, Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, end of life care and more.

Visiting Angels’ latest tool to support senior care is called Constant Companion. Its three primary objectives focus on giving seniors a safe, yet independent life:

  1. Urgent response. Minutes mean everything in an emergency. A voice-activated medical alert will connect subscribers to critical care response agents any time, day or night.

  2. Wearable devices are no longer required. One of the problems with emergency pendants is that seniors will take them off and then misplace them or opt not to wear them because they make them “feel old.” This prevents a quick response safety net if they fall or need medical attention.

  3. Speaker phone system. Seniors often struggle with cell phones and sometimes the receiver for their land line is in another room. That’s why we’ve included a breakthrough, voice-activated, speaker-phone system to make or receive calls. Pre-programmed with the numbers for everyone they love and rely upon from their children to their doctors, to their friends and neighbors,.

This enhanced senior care tool runs on a proprietary, encrypted system that protects users in a HIPAA-compliant environment.

We’re also harnessing the power of Alexa. With her wealth of information, she offers the answer when a senior has a question about anything! “What movie won the Academy Award in 1950?” “What’s the weather like today?” Subscribers can also listen to music from any era and just say “Play Frank Sinatra” and she’ll oblige.

Learning How to Use Constant Companion

What makes this senior care solution easy is that it is voice-activated and is :

  • Give medicine reminders
  •  Read audio books
  •  Play games
  •  Report news and headlines
  •  Send messages to loved ones

There’s even an optional Alexa video chat!

At Visiting Angels, we are devoted to transforming the future of senior care. We can give your loved one some freedom and give you peace of mind.

Please contact your local Visiting Angels office for Constant Companion participation. You can also get more information or request a free senior care consultation by calling 800-365-4189.

The Biggest Senior Care Epidemic: Loneliness

As people grow older, their world gets smaller and they can become separated from friends, family, and social groups they once enjoyed. What causes seniors to fall into a pattern of loneliness or isolation?

  • Family members move away to accept job opportunities.

  • Friends and contemporaries pass away.

  • Health issues limit their ability to remain associated with the community.

  • Their inability to drive a car compounds their isolation.

  • The need to tote a walker or an oxygen kit can make them feel elderly and awkward.

  • Not being up to speed with communication technologies separates them.

A University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) study found that “participants 60 years old and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45 percent increase in their risk of death. Isolated survey respondents also had a 59 percent greater risk of mental and physical decline than their more social counterparts.”

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.