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Home Monitors Come in Many Shapes and Sizes and Monitor more than what you could imagine

Posted Jan 25 2009 4:59pm

As this article states, you can have “smart carpet”, bug in the bed (electronic bugs), potty monitors, and an electric type dog to watch over you.  I agree some monitors are helpful, but it is still an individual decision on what, where, and how much you want to monitor.

The danger too sometimes is too much dependency on monitors where sometimes a nice human touch could be nice as well.  In the electronic age, we are all getting used to being watched or monitored in some fashion.  I wonder too sometimes how we can have all this technology at home, yet in other areas there is almost none. 

Here’s one I did on a home monitor that gives reports down the minute detail, and again I agree monitoring tool can be helpful, but not the entire solution.  You can determine for yourself if you would like all your routines analyzed and reported as such and bathroom visits with a purpose are right in there.  We can start running queries and determine why 6 visits were made in one day instead of 7? (grin). 

GE to Market Home Monitoring Appliance

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There’s also this airbag, along with sensors, wrap up in a human airbag just in case of falls while you are at it. 

The Human Airbag for Seniors

Seniors today sure seem to top the listings of devices whether it is a home monitoring device, a wireless device for image monitoring their hearts, and now here’s the latest that can be added, a human airbag to protect in case of a fall.  Is this going to be something else they will need to add to their daily wardrobe?   As mentioned below, it will not be the seniors lining up to purchase these, but rather family and others who have time schedules that don’t allow for personalized attention, something well all seem to lack today in one form or another.

There are many devices too that help monitor when you take your pills and those can be helpful, but when looking at a home monitor for Mom, Dad, Grandpa or Grandma, stop and think first if you would like the monitoring device and could live with it before jumping head over heads with devices that are not suited for what type of monitoring you want to create.   BD 

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After back-to-back hospital visits for congestive heart failure, Eva Olean figured her health was back to normal. But the nurses at her retirement home knew better: Motion sensors in the 86-year-old's bed detected too many restless nights.

Tiny sensors hover unobtrusively over the toilet, shower and doorways to detect Olweean's movements inside her apartment. Pneumatic tubes tucked in the mattress and beneath her easy chair measure weight shifts. Caregivers and researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia study the data, noting changes in behavior that could signal medical problems.

Recognizing the coming "silver tsunami" of graying baby boomers, tech companies are racing to help aging Americans spend more time living independently instead of in nursing homes. For the first time earlier this month, the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured a special section devoted to high-tech senior living.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j46_rDsI5jfCQ3tNBL8GQUZsALjwD9

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