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November 2010 - Volume 7 - Issue 5
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Lifewatch Solutions Help Seniors Age at Home Safely

Aging at home is an important goal for many of today’s active, engaged senior citizens. To help them remain safely at home, Lifewatch USA has combined state-of-the-art medical alert systems with high-tech health maintenance services into packages that meet individual needs.

Serving South Florida since 1980, Lifewatch USA is a family-owned provider of medical alarm systems and other technologically advanced health services powered by Bosch Healthcare, a global healthcare brand. With headquarters in Lauderhill and regional offices in Boynton Beach, Lifewatch has tripled its size nationwide in the last three years.
 
“We are a market leader because of our personal, family-owned approach to helping senior citizens live alone,” said Lifewatch President Evan Sirlin. “We treat our clients and their families with dignity, respect and patience, while offering the lowest prices ever. We’re unique because we combine the ‘personal touch’ with leading edge technology powered by Bosch, and non-inventory programs for healthcare institutions.”
 
Lifewatch USA has aggregated three critical health-oriented services for seniors into customized packages including medical alarm systems, medication management and telehealth services.
 
“This industry saves hundreds of billions of dollars for the government, hospitals, insurance companies and pharmacies,” said Sirlin. “Studies show that every dollar spent on medical alarm systems, medication management and telehealth saves $7 in expenses. Quick responses to a medical emergency help seniors get back to their regular way of living more quickly. Medication management and telehealth services can reduce costly readmissions, improve medication compliance and manage on-time refills.”
 
Lifewatch innovations in the medical alarm industry include a speaker pendant; a mobile alert button with Global Positioning System (GPS), which works away from home; and a fall detector that works without an alarm button. The company was also first to offer a five-day back-up system; provide a system compatible with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP); and develop a patented Medilok lock box, which hides a key so first responders can enter a residence without damaging the door.
 
The Lifewatch medical alarm system includes a wrist or speaker pendant button and a base unit, consisting of a two-way voice console with an enhanced speaker, microphone and back-up battery power. Lifewatch technicians visit the home and personally install the equipment, ensuring that the customer is comfortable using the system.
 
When the button is activated, seniors reach a 24-hour Lifewatch Senior Care monitoring center with highly trained care specialists and certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
 
“We offer protection for seniors in medical emergencies, fires, burglary or carbon monoxide leakage,” said Sirlin. “We also encourage our clients to press their button just to check in and say ‘hello’ when they’re lonely, to ask a medical question, or request that a family member be called. Our specialists remain on the line until help arrives or the situation is resolved.”
He noted that today, Lifewatch offers much more than a box and a button. The company is also providing health maintenance services to younger, health-conscious seniors.
 
As part of its medication monitoring service, Lifewatch places devices in customers’ homes with medications pre-filled to last a week or 30 days. If the client does not take the medication, a reminder alarm goes off. A data base and portal in the Lifewatch Call Center allows the client’s children or doctor to review how the senior is taking the medication.
 
“This technology has proven to increase medical compliance by 60 percent,” said Sirlin. “Devices like this supplement home care when a person cannot afford round-the-clock assistance.”
 
With telehealth services, Lifewatch provides a blood pressure monitor, glucose and blood oxygen monitoring devices, and a scale. A camera allows a doctor to review the patient’s medical situation remotely and speak with the patient.       
 
Lifewatch systems are currently sold directly to consumers through an 800 number and at retail outlets. In South Florida and Metropolitan New York, the company is educating healthcare institutions, medical caseworkers, social workers and doctors who are actively seeking partners to help provide these integrated solutions to their patients.
 
Next year, Lifewatch will introduce two major new innovations. One is a Portable Medical Record (PMR) device – the first and only one that can display current medical records and x-rays on a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) screen, giving EMTs and doctors instant access to a patient’s medical records. The other is a Lifewatch cellular phone, a lightweight big button cell phone with a direct button to the Lifewatch Monitoring Center from anywhere in the country.
For more information, visit www.lifewatch-usa.com or call 1-800-716-1433 to speak with a medical specialist.
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