Daily check-up call offers reassurance. The one feature of CareRinger™ that differentiates it from other telephone reassurance utilities is the user check-in feature. It allows the CareRinger user to call a service number to cancel the next check-up call. You can do it with an auto-dialer (speed dial). Or with Alexa, it is even easier by just talking to your Echo device from Amazon, by saying “Alexa, ask CareRinger to cancel …”
Aside from asking it to cancel the next check-up call so you will not have to think about answering the daily call later, you can also schedule another call any time of the day to check on you, when you think you might need help. It is not meant to replace Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), such as Life-Alert, but it does not hurt to have that extra reassurance available when you need it.
Echo (Alexa) is becoming more popular these days for people who prefer voice commands to access information or to communicate with other Internet of Things (IoT). We used to think of PCs or smartphones as our communication/control centers. They still are, but now there are other choices. For seniors who spend an extended period of time in the comfort of their own home, they would appreciate the convenience of using voice commands, for things like checking their next calendar events, listening to their news briefings or favorite music titles or controlling their light switches etc, without having to turn on their PC’s or accessing their smartphones every time. We are glad that CareRinger is catching up and allowing voice commands to make the check-up calls more manageable for our seniors.
For your Echo to work with CareRinger, you need to enable the CareRinger Companion Skill from the Amazon Skill (App) store. Just enter your CareRinger check-up call number and your email address and you can start asking Alexa to perform the CareRinger functions for you. It’s that simple.
To learn more about using your Echo device, go look up for classes at the senior centers near you.
About the Author: Henry is a former telecommunications professional, now attending to people with special needs. For the past 5 years, he has been teaching seniors about senior-friendly technologies in his local communities. He is an inventor and Founder of CareRinger, and holds patents on methods that apply to his service. He is a regular speaker in forums and conferences, and he is a member of the American Society for Aging (ASA).