"Smart House" Opens in Roswell- CaraVita Senior Care Debuts New Concept in Aging Well

Integrating Technology into Senior Care at Home - How to live longer, safer, better in your own home. CaraVita Home Care has announced the grand opening of their “Smart House” in Roswell, Georgia. The “Smart House” is an older home that that is retrofitted with technology and assistive devices to aid our aging population in staying in their homes longer, living there more safely, and improving the quality of life as they age in place.

Roswell, GA, November 06, 2008 --(PR.com)-- CaraVita’s “Smart House” will open to the public on November 10, 2008. Hours: 4-7 PM. at 1095 Canton Street Roswell, Ga 30075 Call: 770-643-1712 for more information

Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 PM - Open For Media, Interviews and Photographs, By Appointment - In Advance Of The Grand Opening

The Boomer Generation is fiercely independent and has given clear signals that they will not be residing in traditional nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the future. Technology is paving the way to making this possible.

Beth Cayce, CEO of CaraVita Senior Care and creator of the “Smart House” explains, “For families that live far away from aging parents, a phone call may be the only consistent contact and they worry if their parents are taking their medication, eating well, or fretting if mom is really safe. Our Home Care services give them a point-in-time report of what is going on but as aging progresses, continuous monitoring can help everyone feel more secure.” Seeing the struggles of families, even with their caregiver services, made an impression on the CaraVita founder. “Maybe our periodic services are not enough and families need access to education, technology, and equipment so they could do a safer and better job of care giving or providing watchful oversight.”

With this idea in mind, Beth decided to transform an older home in Roswell into a “Smart House” where she and her team can demonstrate how technology can aid seniors and their families in providing care. Within the house, CaraVita demonstrates the adaptive equipment and allows their clients to test its effectiveness in overcoming obstacles to remaining in their homes. The house even has an extensive library to support such courses as, “How can I live in my home for as long as possible”, or “So, I have Alzheimer’s- Now how can I plan to live?”, or “How to avoid straining your back but help mom out”.

The “Smart House” is equipped with Quiet Care™, a behavioral monitoring system that will memorize a person’s daily routine and tell you if they are varying from a normal routine. How does this help? Beth explains, “It can be very useful to know if a loved one tries to get up at night, wanders around a lot inside, or tries to go outside, especially if they have memory loss. It is also helpful to know if a parents’ normal pattern is to wake up at 8 am and have breakfast but, over time, she is not getting up until noon. This could be a sign of illness or depression and, if the caregiver lives far away, it is good to know these things before they precurse a trip to the hospital. The system can be set up to give alerts or, in the instance of going outside at night, a call may be immediately directed to a caregiver or family member.”

The “Smart House” also has adaptive bathroom and bedroom equipment that can be used as teaching tools and resources for caregivers. The team at the “Smart House” has a list of what is reimbursed by Medicare and the out-of-pocket costs of those things that are not reimbursed. Within the “Smart House” is a Truconnect™ video phone system that can provide a hands-free link between a senior, their families and caregivers. Often, a picture is worth a thousand words and for our seniors who have tried this phone it is simple to use, providing a precious link for health, safety, and reassurance.

Beth believes that while the CaraVita caregivers aid families bridge the gap with hands-on assistance, it is time to blend old-fashioned care with technology and education. Families need these tools to better care for their loved ones and provide peace of mind. CaraVita stands for “Life care of the Precious”. The “Smart House” will do just that. It can show families how seniors can age in place with assurance. Ms. Cayce invites inquiries to call or come by and see for yourself. You can also register for one of the classes on “Care giving for Families”.

CaraVita Home Care: CVHC has been making life easier for seniors and their families for more than 20-years. They provide an affordable continuum of services that allow seniors to often age in place without the disturbance of moving as their needs change. “We are the housing and personal health manager for the seniors we serve, making retirement the best years they can be.”

Contact: Carrie Springer, Dir. Of Marketing Services
CaraVita Home Care

Carrie Springer