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Technology Brings Peace of Mind to Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Celebrations

06-07-2011 07:51 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Halo Monitoring

/ PR Agency: 919 Marketing
Huntsville, AL – May/June, 2011 – May and June can be joyous months because it’s the time of year when we honor and thank our Mothers and Fathers for all they have done for us. However, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can also be a stressful day to those who are caring for aging parents. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 65 million people, 29% of the population, are providing care for an aging or ill parent during the year. While the majority, 89% call those caregiving duties a “minor sacrifice, they admit caring for an aging parent, along with juggling jobs, families, and all the other parts of their lives, is a responsibility no adult child is ever fully prepared to handle. That’s why children are turning to technology to keep an eye on their parent’s safety when they can’t.

“Children want to respect their parents’ wish to remain independent and live alone, at home, where it is familiar and comfortable, but someone needs to be close by just in case,” says Chris Otto,CEO of Halo Monitoring and a senior care expert. “While every family’s needs are different, advanced medical alarms provide for a new level of independence and safety.

Case Studies: Adult Children Adjust to New Roles
John Hanafee and his siblings live with their families near Sacramento, CA. Their parents, James and Doris, both 75 years old, still live in their own house in a community nearby. Both parents wear separate advanced medical alarms that automatically call for help in the event of a fall. There’s no need to push a button.

“The biggest challenge for everyone is acceptance,” says Hanafee. “Parents must accept they need help and children must be firm and honest in talking with their parents.

“After Elizabeth fell in the basement and almost hit her head we agreed we needed an alarm,” said Robin Sanders, who bought a medical alarm with automatic fall detection for his 77 year old mother-in law Elizabeth Madison, who lives in Roseville, MN. “About one month later she again fell in the basement and her husband was upstairs and unaware. The monitor detected the fall and called the house.
“I felt so alone when I fell, it was a real wakeup knowing what can happen,” adds Madison. ***

Howard and Sue Long, who live in York, Pennsylvania, talked with each other and their children before deciding to get an advanced medical alarm for Howard as a precaution. He’s 84 and has undergone several hip replacements.
“A few months after the system was activated, I fell while moving a piece of furniture” says Long. The call center was on the phone in seconds making sure I was ok.”

Alarms Provide a Solution
All three families utilized Halo Monitoring’s myHalo system, a small, comfortable wireless device worn by a senior loved one that sends an automatic alert- no need to push a button- in the event of a fall. In addition, while most medical alarms only react to an emergency, myHalo is the first system of its kind to monitor the user’s health and physical activity 24/7. Utilizing a private, secure website, the system provides the ability for designated persons and family to “look-in” on an elderly loved one for peace of mind without invading their personal privacy.
“Research shows that, in three out of four cases, seniors forget to push the buttons on traditional alarms,” says Otto. “The automatic alert feature of the myHalo system is vital to provide additional security and peace of mind for seniors and their families and caregivers.”

Tell the story of how advanced medical alarms are helping adult children through the crisis of caregiving which touches a large part of your audience. We’d be glad to set up an interview with Chris Otto of Halo Monitoring as well as families in your area.

Media Contact
Frank Graff, 919.459.8168,
Sue Yannello, 919.459.8162,

About Halo Monitoring:
Halo Monitoring's products assure security for seniors and peace of mind for their caregivers. The advanced myHalo system is the first medical alarm that sends an automatic alert- no need to push a button- in the event of a fall. While most medical alarms are only able to react to an emergency, myHalo is the first system of its kind to provide 24/7 activity and health monitoring. Seniors get proactive care when they need it, while remaining independent.

Frank Graff
919 Marketing
102 Avent Ferry Road
Holly Springs 27540

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