Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Technology can help families monitor the health and safety of older people kept from their families due to the coronavirus. Norman Potter's mother, Dorothy, suffers from a chronic pulmonary illness and lives alone in Newland, N.C., two hours from Norman.
Dorothy, 90, refuses to move closer to her son or daughter as she and her seven siblings were raised in Newland and she loves her house, church, and small group of friends. Norman said that his mother is fiercely independent. When the coronavirus struck, Norman installed a platform made by GrandCare Systems in his mother's house that allows her to chat with her grandchildren, and more importantly, has a motion sensor and two vital sign devices.
Norman said that the technology gave him a sense of peace, since he did not want to be a risk to his mother by checking in on her in person.
With older people being particularly more vulnerable to COVID-19, sales of products and services aimed at protecting the health and safety of homebound elderly are shooting through the roof.
These services are a great way to look after your elderly loved ones if you cannot be there in person.
See Susan B. Garland, Did Mom Take Her Medicine? Keeping Eyes on Elders in Quarantine, N.Y. Times, June 5, 2020.
Special thanks to Naomi Cahn (Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.