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Mobile Help

By Bob on September 7, 2010 7:18 AM

Like most Boomers I'm a member of the "Sandwich Generation". You're probably a member, too. We're the Baby Boomers with children on one side - our aging parents on the other side - and we're in the middle. Yep, that's me.

Making sure our parents have some kind of emergency protection in case they fall and can't get to a phone is something that concerns me. My mother recently took a tumble - and even though my Dad was home - he had a hard time hearing her cries for help, thanks to a severe hearing loss in both ears. She's OK now, but it still required a trip to the emergency room.


That's why I was excited to learn about MobileHelp. It's a new portable device that uses a combination of GPS technology and the AT&T network to help keep seniors safe. I asked Elias Janetis, Founder & Chairman of MobileHelp to fill us in on this exciting new gadget so we could check it out for ourselves.  Here's what he had to say.



As a Boomer and caregiver, I came up with idea for MobileHelp when my grandmother found herself in a situation where she needed help but was physically unable to get to a phone. At the time I lived in Pennsylvania and she lived in Pompano Beach, FL, so I needed a way to watch over her even though we were thousands of miles apart.


That led me to create a personal emergency response system for seniors called MobileHelp. It's a portable device which integrates cellular and GPS technology through the AT&T network to provide medical monitoring services and location tracking for emergency assistance. For us Sandwich Generation caregivers, that means we'll receive email notifications with updates and can track our parents/grandparents online anytime.


The system is easy to use and had three components:


Pendant: It weighs less than 1 ounce and it's waterproof, so it can even be taken into the shower or bath where falls tend to occur.  


Mobile unit: The four-ounce device is great for independent, active Seniors and is designed to be used outside the home. It has a simple one-button operation and works nationwide with AT&T service. 

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Base Station: Easy installation - plugs into the device's phone and power cords.  Large red illuminated emergency button with an amplified two-way voice co  mmunicator with live operator.  If no response, a local emergency unit is automatically dispatched. Also comes with a 24-hour battery back up in the event of a power outage.


Since most seniors are on a set monthly income, the MobileHelp price-point is an affordable $34.95/month.


You can check out the different pricing plans and MobileHelp accessories at MobileHelp.

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