My friend JC has a cell phone that works with his hearing aid using some Bluetooth technology. Lately, his Bluetooth device has had its time and was sent to the shop for repair. While waiting for the fix, JC is happy that he could still use an app installed on his smart phone to caption his call conversations. I set up “Innocaption” for him a year ago, something he did not think he needed at the time!
Since his wife moved to a home, JC is now living by himself. He is one of the few who are using a CareRinger smart light on the counter to remind him of his medication when it’s time. He remembers to check-in most of the time, therefore he thinks he doesn’t need it. He went along to help me test this new check-in gadget for CareRinger anyway. His daughter, however, thought it would help her because a few times she had to call the police to check on him. That was when JC was not answering his call while his phone was being charged. She could have felt more assured if she knew JC had checked-in earlier. CareRinger is now set up to contact her just in case.
The other day, JC recalled how his other daughter got him so worried when friends from her college told him she missed school and was nowhere to be found. I also remember that when my daughter graduated from college, I also asked her to assure us so we don’t have to worry about her as much. That was a while ago. The table has since turned. It’s now their turn to ask us to do the same.
About the author: Henry is a former-telecommunications professional, now attending to the needs of elderly people. For 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.