Category Archives: Home Health Tech
Even with hearing aids, there are situations in life when it can be particularly difficult to distinguish speech. This is common in busy environments such as schools, work places and public areas like for instance shopping malls. The Domino listening system from Bellman & Symfon will help you to hear better in these situations, where hearing aids alone may not always be enough. Domino brings out the words so you can hear them loud and clear – even at a distance. This means you can enjoy the company of colleagues and friends without effort.
Is your mom or dad missing out on communication from you and other family and friends because they don’t use a computer or the Internet? The Presto Printing Mailbox is your solution.
By using Presto in their home, you make it easy for your whole family to send them emails, digital photos, calendar reminders, documents, and more. They don’t need a computer or Internet service, just the Presto Mail service and Printing Mailbox. The Printing Mailbox receives messages from family and friends, and automatically prints them out for your mom or dad to enjoy!
- See It Here: www.homehealthtechstore.com/Presto-Printing-Mailbox
Considering Presto for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift! Home Health Tech is so excited about this amazing product that we are offering the Presto Printing Mailbox for only $49.99. That’s 50% off!
- No spam or junk mail
- No checking email – messages are retrieved automatically
- Receive digital photos and/or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) documents
- Includes free articles, puzzles and games
Whether you’re asleep or awake, make sure you know when there’s a fire with the Lifetone HLAC Bedside Fire Alarm & Clock with Bed Shaker. Designed for people with mild to severe hearing loss, the Lifetone clock listens for the sound of your smoke alarm and when an alarm is detected, the clock alerts you with a secondary voice alarm, visual alerts, and a vibrating bed shaker. No complicated installation is necessary. Just plug the clock into a power outlet and enjoy new peace of mind.
- Voice alerts in English or Spanish
- Big, easy-to-read backlit display
- Bed shaker vibrates under your mattress or pillow
- Suitable for use as a daily alarm clock
- Plugs into power outlet – no wiring needed
- Battery backup lasts 7 days or more
Pacific Healthcare Pharmacy Group and medical technology company MedFolio, LLC have partnered to create the digital medication management program. The new system is composed of an electronic, wireless pillbox, a doctor-supervised medication delivery and management program, and a secure, Cloud-based notification system.
This new system fills a growing need in American healthcare: medication management. Many patients do not properly take their medication, research shows. Indeed, up to 50 percent of medications are not taken as prescribed, and as much as 30 percent of prescriptions are never filled.
As a result, health often deteriorates and patients end up back in the hospital. The cost to American taxpayers is high: Failure to manage patient medication costs the U.S. an extra $100 to $289 billion every year.
The MedFolio system is available at Home Health Tech:
The new system is already helping doctors such as Nicholas Jauregi, medical director of the Wellness and Supportive Care Medical Group. The system, he says, achieves a “triple aim”: improves quality, increases patient health and satisfaction and reduces cost.
“In palliative medicine, we see patients who are the most fragile, the most ill. They can take upwards of 10 medications; it can be a nightmare to manage,” said Jauregi, whose center serves patients in Los Angeles and Orange County.
“This cloud-based system gives us an automated way to ensure good medication management. And the electronic pillbox makes it even easier. It’s a big solution for healthcare.”
Here’s how the system works: Each month, Pacific Healthcare fills patient prescriptions, inserts the medication into MedFolio’s electronic pillbox, and delivers the pillbox to patients. The electronic pillbox, which was invented by a pharmacist, can be programmed to beep and light up when the patient is scheduled to take medication. The patient or caregiver must press a button on the device to turn off the alerts.
The device connects to a computer via USB and a secure cloud database which tracks in real time whether a patient has taken his or her medication. Alerts are sent by text message and email. Doctors and family members can go online and see whether their patients have taken their medication on time and in the correct dosage.
The electronic pillbox and cloud database complement Pacific Healthcare’s Web-based pharmacy application, which enables prescription orders, bill access and medication records.
“The electronic pillbox and the Cloud-based system closes the loop for us. Now we have a complete turnkey solution for medication compliance,” said Stannon Reed, president of Pacific Healthcare Pharmacy Group, which works with more than 60 doctors and helps manage medication for about 6,000 patients, primarily in California.
Julie Fulmer-Mason, the pharmacist who invented the electronic wireless pillbox, added that the partnership means that medication management is easier, more convenient, and more accurate for patients.
“We have always been dedicated to providing patients and their families the best tools to effectively manage their medications at home,” said Fulmer-Mason, president of MedFolio.
“Now, with Pacific Healthcare offering medication dispensing and delivery services for the MedFolio Pillbox, our customers can enjoy the convenience of prefilled, accurate pillboxes arriving on their doorsteps once a month.”
For more information about MedFolio, the Pacific Healthcare Pharmacy Group, and the integrated medication management program, go to http://www.medfoliopillbox.com/fill-and-refill-prescriptions/.
No need to write down glucose readings on paper. No need to call your doctor with concerns. When you start using the Telcare BGM Cellular-Enabled Blood Glucose Meter, managing your diabetes gets easier than ever.
As the world’s first stand-alone, wireless glucometer, the Telcare BGM wirelessly uploads each glucose reading to Telcare’s online server. This online hub gives patients, their healthcare providers, and their family members secure, 24/7 access to automatically organized health data, viewable through any web-enabled device, anywhere in the world.
- Automatically uploads tests results to the Telserve database
- Stores up to 300 of your most recent readings
- Only requires a small blood sample
- Receives personal messages from your healthcare team
- Test strips automatically calibrate with the meter
GrandCare Systems and GreatCall have recently announced that GrandCare has added 5Star Urgent Response, the leading mobile personal emergency response solution (mPERS), to its comprehensive caregiving technology platform. Both of these products are available at Home Health Tech.
GrandCare’s simple, touch platform enables an at-home senior to view pictures, receive incoming messages, watch videos, video chat with family, listen to music and play fun games. Using a series of wireless activity and telehealth devices, GrandCare can alert designated caregivers by phone, email or text if anything unusual occurs. GrandCare’s technology is used today domestically and internationally by residents of senior living communities and assisted living facilities, seniors living independently, and by recipients of in-home senior care.
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5Star extends the GrandCare platform by enabling seniors with immediate access to help in an urgent situation, while they are in their home or away. Seniors carry or wear the compact 5Star device and press the button to connect to a 24/7 professional emergency response agent when they feel vulnerable or uncertain, or are experiencing a health or safety issue. The highly trained, NAED-certified 5Star agents have immediate access to the senior’s personal profile and location, evaluate the situation, determine the right course of action and coordinate the help needed, remaining on the line until the situation is resolved. 5Star also includes access to a URAC Accredited Health Call Center, registered nurses, and physicians when appropriate.
See more about GreatCall 5Star Urgent Response here:
Designated caregivers can log into the GrandCare website to send communications to the loved one, view activity & digital health sensor information, and customize the automatic caregiver alerts. A caregiver may choose to receive a call, email or text message if specified conditions occur. With the addition of 5Star, caregivers can use an on-line locator service to find a loved one who is missing or hasn’t responded to a call, and can be designated as a contact in the case of an urgent incident.
“We have always known GreatCall as a capable and visionary leader in the mPERS industry,” said GrandCare Systems founder and CEO Charlie Hillman. “Adding their mPERS solution to our existing caregiving technology platform is a natural fit.”
“5Star Urgent Response offers a crucial safety net for senior care recipients and peace of mind for their caregivers. GrandCare serves a market segment that is important to us, and we are pleased to add them as a distribution partner,” said GreatCall CEO David Inns.
Looking for a Father’s Day gift idea? Home Health Tech by Home Controls is offering the Presto Email Printer for only $49.99 … a savings of $50!
Watch the video to see why your dad would love this handy computer-free communication system!
Presto’s Printing Mailbox sends printed letters and photographs without requiring a computer or even an Internet connection. Those who are technology-shy or have limited dexterity can stay connected with all the family news and can be reminded of get-togethers and appointments.
Caring for a sick or aging loved one can take a huge toll on your health, too … and it’s just as important to take care of yourself. AARP has put together six simple tips on how to take better care of you and reduce the stress in your life.
Make the Freezer Your Friend
“Telling caregivers to ‘eat right’ is useless advice,” says Washington, D.C., dietitian Katherine Tallmadge. Caregivers usually know what to eat; they just don’t have time to cook healthier meals. Her answer: batch cooking, which lets you freeze individual portions that you can eat during the week. She tells harried caregivers to make a big pot of a hearty, all-in-one meal like a soup with meat, beans and vegetables, or a stew.
Mix in Meditation
Twelve minutes of daily meditation can dramatically improve the mental health of caregivers, report UCLA researchers. In that study, 65 percent of family caregivers who practiced a chanting yogic meditation called Kirtan Kriya every day for eight weeks saw a 50 percent improvement on a depression-rating scale. Meditation also increased telomerase activity – a sign that cellular aging had slowed, says study author Helen Lavretsky, M.D.
Stockpile Healthy Snacks
Nutritious foods you can grab on the run help keep blood sugar levels on an even keel and energy levels from flagging, says Tallmadge. She nixes the typical granola bars – “too high in sugar” – opting instead for what she calls “real food” with hunger-busting protein. That means a handful of whole almonds or a PB&J sandwich. Plus, healthy snacks are a good way to add more fruits, vegetables and fiber to your diet.
Whether it’s heating up food for dinner or helping someone in the bathroom, the advice is the same: Don’t rush. “It sounds obvious, but when you’re stressed and distracted, you’re more prone to having accidents. What you don’t need is to cut or burn yourself, or slip in the tub,” says Karen Rowinsky, an Overland Park, Kansas, social worker who specializes in caregiver counseling. Such accidents can be a warning sign that you’re at your limit, a 2006 study finds.
This may seem counter‑intuitive – you’re already doing so much to help your family member. But helping out in a different way, in a different setting, can be gratifying and therapeutic, says Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: “One woman told me she volunteers weekly at an animal shelter because the pets are so responsive.” Plus, volunteers live longer than nonvolunteers, a University of Michigan study found last year.
Improve Your Sleep Habits
Disrupted sleep saps your energy for dealing with the demands of caregiving, says Cleveland Clinic geriatrician Ronan Factora, M.D. Brain scans of sleep-deprived patients in the University of California, Berkeley’s sleep lab also found that brain measures of anxiety shot up by more than 60 percent in those who were the most fatigued. So adopt good sleep habits – a dark room, fewer distractions in the bedroom – for more restful sleep.
- See also: AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center