Coordinated Care Management

March 28, 2012

Independa and LivHOME Create New Care and Monitoring System for Seniors Living at Home



Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your grandma or mother could continue to live at home and receive care, then, when she’s all alone, be monitored for any problems that might come up?

Independa and LivHome, Inc. are working together create a set-up just like that. Today they announced an agreement under which LivHOME, Inc., a provider of “professionally led at-home care for seniors,” will use Independa’s CloudCare services to not only remotely monitor them for safety but also offer ways to stay socially engaged with the world, and will be available in late spring, according to a press release.

It’s a new movement and it’s called “aging in place.” What it simply means is creating an environment that’s safe enough for seniors and those living with chronic disease to remain at home, not be shuttled off to a nursing home.

The movement is backed by ageinplace.org, which calls itself “a senior support network”.

Seniors won’t have to learn new skills – not even how to use a mouse or keyboard, the press release reveals. All communication will come through a live interface that will virtually link care managers with care recipients.

“LivHOME’s adoption of our services represents a pre-eminent home care provider’s embrace of our Integrated CloudCare platform as a valuable service differentiator in the competitive senior home care market,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii in the press release. “The system we have developed collaboratively will allow LivHOME care managers to provide broader, higher-level care. For example, they will remotely monitor how care recipients follow medication schedules and keep doctors’ appointments, and be alerted to potential emergencies. Care managers will also introduce the people they care for to fun new ways to stay connected.”

Features of LivIndependa will “include automated medication and appointment reminders; caregiver monitoring; check-in calls; recorded life stories; and one-touch access for seniors to email, video chat, games, Internet browsing, and photos,” the press release reports.

“Independa has worked closely with us to apply its technology to meet our specific needs for a system that will enable us to quickly, easily expand the scope and depth of care we provide,” said LivHOME CEO Mike Nicholson, in the press release. “The seniors we serve, as well as their caregivers, will enjoy a multitude of benefits from the unobtrusive monitoring and other interconnected health, safety and social engagement services we will be adding under the LivIndependa umbrella.”

The outside world is excited about this, too. “LivIndependa is a game changer in home care, brought together by leaders in home care services and technology-enabled independent living solutions,” said Mary Furlong, president and CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates and organizer of the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, in the press release. “Millions of Americans could use this type of professionally monitored service for superior supported independence. We’re excited to have this important service announced at our conference, and expect the home care market to be highly receptive.”






Edited by Jennifer Russell