Meriden, CT - As loved ones age, new worries surface among their children and other family members. Concerns include- Is my parent safe at home alone? What if I can’t physically visit them as often as I should? How will they get help if they need it? Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. in Meriden is an expert source for easing these very concerns. The company is the first and only one of its type in Connecticut that utilizes technologically advanced, primarily wireless products, to create Smart Homes which promote aging in place.
After providing care to thousands of Connecticut’s seniors for the past 18 years as Assisted Living Services, Inc., the company created its new subsidiary, Assisted Living Technologies, Inc., in 2010 to provide these new products as a compliment to its services.
“As a Registered Nurse I always believed that technology could address some of the major health issues that we encountered when visiting patients at home,” said Assisted Living Technologies Co-Founder and President Ron D’Aquila. “Falls, medication compliance, wandering, loneliness, depression, and safety were concerns that can now be monitored remotely so that seniors or individuals with an intellectual disability can remain at home.”
One of the company’s most groundbreaking products is called VideoCare, just released within the last year. It provides an elderly care recipient with a touch-screen system that requires no keyboard, mouse or technical skill to use.
“A simple touch opens a two-way video connection with a professional caregiver, family member or friend,” said Mario D’Aquila, who is heading up the new Assisted Living Technologies company.
It’s made all the difference in the world to Suzanne Litwin of Litchfield. About four years ago, her 85-year-old mother moved into a retirement community as dementia was a growing challenge and she needed the extra support. At that time, Suzanne’s father also joined her mother at the facility.
“The move to a retirement community was emotionally difficult for him since his love for his home was as strong as his love was for his children,” said Litwin. “My father has deteriorated emotionally and physically since leaving his home and suffers from depression, which is not uncommon to anyone growing old.”
Litwin’s father is somewhat challenged in the technological department - at least he was until VideoCare came into his life.
“Since it’s so easy to use, my Dad can connect to us visually any time so that he doesn’t feel as isolated. When you can't be with someone physically, the next best thing is seeing and hearing them,” said Litwin. “It has brought me immense peace of mind and makes me feel less guilty that I can't be there. I am like a visiting nurse, able to see how my parents look and notice any changes.”
The developers of VideoCare made sure it was designed on the most user-friendly platform possible. It is basically a large touch screen monitor with simple prompts and large visual icons for different functions. The user can be connected for a face-to-face visit, leave an email message by voice, view photos and videos sent by family, get reminders from a calendar or sent remotely, listen to music and even play games which help sharpen memory.
“It’s almost impossible to have problems or be frustrated with its use,” said D’Aquila.
Since the technology is all about keeping people connected and engaged and is extremely straightforward to use, it is ideal for seniors living alone or individuals of any age with an intellectual disability. It also may prove useful in a facility setting such as an assisted living or independent living community to help keep staff and residents just a click away.
“This technology, along with other products such as various Personal Emergency Response Systems, Automated Medication Dispensers, sensor technology and Remote Monitoring Systems, will become crucial as we are faced with an increasing population of seniors and an impending shortage of caregivers,” said D’Aquila. “We don’t recommend that this technology replace an in-person visit, but the two can work in conjunction.”
All of the new products will be on display at Assisted Living Technologies’ new showroom grand opening this spring.
Assisted Living Services, Inc. is a non-medical homecare company founded in 1996 to provide care to thousands of Connecticut’s seniors and people of all ages with varying disabilities. In 2010, the company launched Assisted Living Technologies Inc. to offer a variety of devices and services for Emergency Response Systems, Remote Monitoring Systems, Fall Prevention, Home Safety and Medication Management.
Assisted Living Services, Inc. is based in Meriden, Connecticut with branch locations in Clinton and Glastonbury, and plans for future expansion. The company has more than 350 employees. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingtechnologies.com or calling 203-235-TECH.