Per FCC guidelines, I am required to disclose when I am working with a company. I have partnered with TruSense and have been compensated for my time to share the details of how this amazing product can help seniors stay in their homes longer.
The best things in life are simple, time with your family and friends, planning that next vacation and dreaming about those days when you retire. If you are lucky to make it to retirement without any major health problems, give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it and it means you’ve taken great care of your health. Those years going into retirement seem amazing and freeing, you’ve got so many plans to kick back and take it easy, but something happens…you take a spill down the stairs you’ve walked up and down a million times or something more serious happens, like a stroke and you need help. You live alone, your little birdies have flown the nest and have families of their own and you are not about to impose, nor are you about to give up the home you just made a final payment on or start paying for long-term care. At the same time, you don’t want anyone to worry.
What am I getting at? Millions of families are in situations just like this one with an aging loved one that wants to stay in their home and continue living the life they have lived or want to live. The problem comes when seniors start experiencing health problems that complicate “living alone”. TruSense is family friendly smart home technology for seniors that brings assurance to loved ones and helps older adults stay in their own homes longer.
Here’s How it Works:
Its better than anything else on the market right now. Here’s why I love this! In our house, we have a few Echo dots and the Amazon Echo Plus that sits on our kitchen counter. This is a technology that is booming in interest right now and something we use daily from checking our weather, adding an item to a grocery list, playing games, music, checking facts or listening to the news on. I use my Amazon Echo or dot every single day. But how does this technology help aging seniors?
For Concerned Family Members: This is why you need TruSense:
TruSense combines wireless sensors, Amazon Echo Dot and GPS Technology to track daily activities and health variables in your loved one’s life, while they go about their daily routine. The multi-layer system addresses the needs of the entire family – seniors, their adult children and other loved ones that worry about their well-being and safety. Using in-home sensors, TruSense is non-intrusive and does not require a wearable or pendant to deliver insights into daily activities. Who wants to wear that all the time anyway and what if you, or they forget? TruSense uses sensor and GPS technology to discern the way a person lives from time spent sleeping, in the kitchen, or getting out of the house. When a pattern shifts, TruSense notices, and updates the user and the circle of people who they’ve chosen via custom notifications. It can even notify the 24/7 emergency monitoring center through a voice integration with the Amazon Echo Dot. Now I’ve used my echo dots to “drop in” on another room. Didn’t know you could do that? Yep, you can! When my husband is down in the man cave, I “drop in” and let him know dinner is ready. So if you have an echo dot, and you use TruSense, you can drop in on your loved one and they don’t have to be near a phone, just in the same room as the echo dot.
TruSense also measures variables that can impact health and safety such as home leak detection, temperature and even vehicle and personal GPS tracking. TruSense can track caregiver visits and uses alerts and notifications based on customized user thresholds that can trigger a text or notify a 24/7 emergency response team. Is that not amazing!?
Check out this YouTube video that showcases how this all works:
With many people embracing the Echo dot technology this is something that can easily be used within the entire family.
Smart Technology that Goes Beyond Daily Activity
In addition to an individual’s activity, TruSense can also report how much time caregivers or other visitors spend in the home while also monitoring for comfortable home temperature, dangerous water leaks and a vehicle’s GPS. Also, should they be experiencing early stages of dementia and have a tendency to get lost or wander, through its partnership with the GPS SmartSole, if a loved one leaves the house, TruSense will report their location and send real-time alerts to caregivers on their whereabouts, providing safety and peace of mind. Not only can family members get insights from the web, phone and text, with the integration of the Amazon Echo Dot, family members can also use the Amazon Echo Dot to check up on their loved one to find out what time they woke and current room location as well as system status.
Emergency Response Services
TruSense does not require a wearable to deliver 24/7 emergency response. The in-home sensors operate together as a new kind of personal emergency response system (PERS). The ultimate goal is for TruSense to identify when daily activity level patterns change so family members or care workers can intervene in order to prevent emergencies from happening, or identify the development of a more serious medical condition. Loved ones or caregivers that are granted access by the family can get at-a-glance updates on activity from any device with an internet connection. TruSense has alerts when something goes wrong based on customized user thresholds that can trigger a text or phone call. Voice commands can also be used to notify the TruSense 24/7 emergency monitoring center via the Amazon Echo Dot.
So you must be thinking, great with this kind of technology, it’s probably pretty pricey. Nope!
With TruSense its a $299 one-time equipment fee for the starter kit, which includes Amazon Echo Dot and then as low as $27.99/month for a 12-month subscription. TruSense also has a 60-day policy that allows you to return the hardware that has not been damaged for a full refund.
So if you are in a situation where you have a parent who is not ready for assisted living or moving in with you, this is a more affordable option. Who would you recommend this to?
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