Senior care service provider Cerna Home Care launched “Onhand Assistance” – a smartwatch especially designed for seniors. The stylish wearable device provides fall detection, fall notification, vitals monitoring, cellular communication, and medication reminders – in addition to life-saving calls and care. Every second an older adult fall, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. In 2014 alone, 29 million falls among elderly Americans resulted in seven million injuries and costing an estimated $31 billion in annual Medicare costs, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Onhand Assistance helps lessen the need for expensive personal caregivers and avoids time consuming ambulance trips to the hospital due to false alarms. Family members monitor their loved one through the Onhand Assistance smartphone app. Seniors, their friends and their families benefit by being better connected inexpensively and effectively, says a press release.
“There are many devices on the market for seniors that contact a call center with the push of a button. However, there are none combining cell phone features, auto fall detection, automatic calling, medication reminders, vitals monitoring and GPS location monitoring, explains Cerna Home Care’s Founder and CEO, Nick Payzant. “Onhand Assistance sends family members alerts via the smartphone app. It also calls and dispatches a senior care professional (not a call center employee that may have no experience with senior care) who can administer a full range of care services at home or can help determine if emergency personnel is needed.”
Features of the Onhand Assistance include:
- Fall detection and automatic SOS alert
- SOS distress button
- Two-way calling
- GPS tracking and history displacement
- Heart rate monitor
- Medication reminders
- Safe zone set-up
- Push button family calling
“The Onhand Assistance smartwatch solution fills the gaps in today’s wearable medical alert devices. In caring for the elderly, we listened to family members, care recipients, hospitals and rehab centers asking for a more robust way to be connected and safe,” said Payzant.