Hands-On With The OnKöl Health Hub

Be there for your loved one even if you're a thousand miles away

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As the number of retirees increases, so will their needs for assisted care. The government places average cost of a nursing home to be on the order of $6,235 a month, and that number is only expected to rise. More importantly, quality of life tends to be higher when seniors are able to remain in their homes and continue living independently.

To cover this need, smart device makers are trying to create a variety of connectivity solutions. For example, Alarm.com sells a kit of smart-enabled sensors that will tell your phone when your parent gets out of bed. The downside is that you need to have a professional go into your parents' house to install it. Plus, the subscription fees can get pretty steep. OnKöl will cost you only $29 a month—a paltry amount when compared with the cost of a assisted living facility.

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The OnKöl unit takes up the same amount of space as a breadbox. View Larger

Good design is what really sets this hub apart... It's a stylish box that can monitor your loved one's wellbeing without being intrusive. It looks like a Swedish-designed radio or chest, lacking the kind of harsh lines that would make it appear more like a medical or security device. And it's light enough to easily to be moved—just a few pounds in weight.

The OnKöl comes ready to work right out of the box. The system includes a set of sensors that are set-and-forget. They can detect when a door is opened or when someone gets out of bed. The unit can also communicate via Bluetooth or USB to any medical device that can handle it. Finally, the OnKöl has a phone input so it can monitor who is calling–important because there are so many phone scams targeting seniors.

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The sleek look of the OnKöl allows it to seamlessly blend into your relative's home. View Larger

All of this data can be forwarded to you (and anyone else you select to help out) in form of texts. You can also do the reverse, where the OnKöl chimes reminders to your senior relative.

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Hookups for phone and ethernet are located on the back. View Larger

The OnKöl is such an exciting product because of its flexibility. You can send the family member reminders if they forget to do something necessary, or you can unobtrusively monitor their every move if that's what they need to stay safe and well.. You can share as much or as little of this data with others. It's the closest thing to being with your senior loved one when you can't physically be there.

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