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Mother’s Lifeline: The Final Companion for Senior Care


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Mar 22, 2024
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It’s a sunny morning in Florida, and I’m sipping my espresso, getting ready for an additional workday. Little did I do know that at present would mark a turning level in my strategy to taking care of my 83-year-old mom, Katherine, who lives alone. My cellphone rings and I see “Ellen” on the caller ID. She’s my mother’s bodily coach however I count on she’s calling me to talk concerning the new pickleball paddles I confirmed her over the weekend.

Nonetheless, what Ellen has to share is something however enjoyable.

“Jen, I’m along with your mother. She fell final evening, and I walked in to seek out her on the ground. I’m going to name the ambulance.”

At that second, my coronary heart sank. My mother had fallen whereas transferring from her chair to her motor scooter, and unable to rise up, she spent your complete evening on the ground! With no medic alert gadget inside attain and unable to succeed in her cellphone, it was a harrowing expertise that shook each of us to our core.

Decided to forestall such incidents sooner or later, Mother and I got down to make some essential adjustments.

Step 1: Guarantee Mother Wears Her Medic Alert Bracelet​

At the beginning, I wanted to determine why my mother wasn’t carrying her medic alert bracelet. We had been paying for this service for over one yr. Once I requested her why she wasn’t utilizing it always, she admitted to being confused about the way it related to the bottom and whether or not somebody would hear her if she wasn’t close to it. We spent about an hour talking with an organization rep and mother agreed to put on her watch always. One hurdle down.

Step 2: Embrace the Ohmni Telepresence Robotic​

I had an ace up my sleeve – an Ohmni Telepresence Robotic. As an worker at OhmniLabs, the maker of this outstanding know-how, I utilized the robotic with my mother throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, I had let it collect mud since she relocated to a brand new residence on the pandemic’s finish. This disaster, nonetheless, prompted me to reevaluate its potential.

The Ohmni Telepresence Robotic shortly grew to become an indispensable device in my badass-daughter duties – providing advantages we hadn’t even thought-about.

Regaining Management: Logging into the bot, I discovered myself extra accountable for the scenario, because the robotic granted me a bodily presence that couldn’t be dismissed simply. I didn’t need to depend on my mother selecting up the cellphone to examine in on her. If she’s in one other room or has the cellphone on silent, calling gained’t work. This fashion, I might pop in on her alone phrases and at my very own comfort.

Consistency and Reliability: Utilizing the bot makes me really feel like a extra accountable daughter, in a position to present I care about my mother’s wellbeing even after I can’t bodily be there. Sure, I solely stay 3.5 miles away, however nonetheless, with work and different obligations, it’s not at all times handy to go to in particular person. The robotic permits me to constantly and reliably examine in on my mother, offering peace of thoughts for each.

Pleasure on Arrival: Once I log into the robotic, her mother’s helper proclaims, “Jen is coming!” – an thrilling and heartwarming expertise for each of them. I sort of chuckle, however it’s actually like I simply walked into the room.

Leaving an Impression: On the finish of in the future after visiting with the bot, my mother talked about how delighted she was about my “robotic go to” that day! Having a bodily presence actually left an impression on her – to the purpose she expressed gratitude about it. The robotic was starting to strengthen our bond.

Invading Mother’s Privateness?​

I do know, you’re in all probability involved that I’m invading my mother’s privateness utilizing the robotic. Right here’s what she stated after I requested her about it:

“No, I don’t really feel the robotic is intrusive. You’re my daughter and I do know you care about me. You’re right here for me and wish to know I’m okay. I believe that’s necessary. Many individuals don’t ever see their household. The bot makes me really feel such as you’re in my residence. I’m glad it’s right here!”
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