Alarm.com announced the Wellness Program at CES 2014, which makes use of aforementioned company's older security suite to monitor the well-being of the elderly.
Far from being a contemporary Big Brother, the system provides real-time info on your loved ones whereabouts and well being, all without the use of intrusive cameras. The system uses a combination of bed presence monitors, motion sensors and panic buttons, to track movement and alert users and caregivers of any unexpected changes in routine.
The system also lets you know if the home healthcare worker comes on time. Plus, as a further justification for the installation fees, the system doubles up as a security system.
The downside of Wellness may be its price tag: Though Alarm.com dealers set final numbers, the various sensors cost about $99 a pop, not including the cost of installation. But it's sure less expensive than taking time off work or buying a plane ticket home to check on Mom, and it's certainly less than hiring a caregiver.