Smart Parents Love WatchOvers Assure Watch

Parents come in all sorts of demeanors, when it comes to the safety of their children. Some will sit back and let their littleones run around without any problem. Then there are those who have to closely monitor their children, always running around in a fright, worrying about their children. Some parents will even dress the children in bright clothes so they can always spot them if they were to get lost in a crowd.

Thankfully, there is a tech solution to this kind of situation. There are watches that are equipped with GPS technology and can be used to monitor children even when they are away from home. There are very many bands on the market and one of the leading solutions is provided by WatchOvers.

The Assure watch from WatchOvers comes with a lot of advanced features that enable parents to conveniently monitor their children. Right from the start, the watch is ready for use when you pop it out of the box. In just 6 simple steps, you download the App to your Smartphone, set up the account and add the contact numbers to be used in an emergency.

WatchOvers is unique in that the App allows you to monitor multiple devices in one account. You do not need a separate account for each device. The App also allows you to share your account with other people in the family or caregivers who look after the children so they too can monitor your loved ones.

With WatchOvers, you get a Spanish “Always Roaming” SIM card that can get mobile  signal even in weak mobile signal locations because it automatically picks up the strongest network signal. The device acts as a mobile phone allowing you to call the children at any time.

Lately there has been some concern that the watches could be hacked by malicious people, and they too would get to know the location of your children. This is not the case with WatchOvers Assure Watch. It comes with 128 BIT Encryption for all stored and transmitted data. Once you set up your account, you simply add a password, and all information is protected from prying eyes.

With Safe zones should  the boundary that you have set be breached, the watch will send an alert to your phone and all other approved phones. This will enable all of you to know where the child is and you can coordinate on how to get him or her.The device can also send and receive voice messages, which is great when you want to remind the child to do something important or just a fun way to keep in touch

With smart Geo-fencing solutions, you can always tell when the child has left the zone. You can set several zones, such as Home and School.

So whether you are one of the parents who does not fret over the whereabouts of the children, or one who is in a constant state of anxiety over the kids, WatchOvers has the perfect solution for you. Get some peace and stop worrying over the kids with our Assure  watch.

Why Track Someone with Dementia

 

Why is it necessary to track someone with dementia? Before answering that, you should read the story of one 85-year old who lost a friend. The colleague had developed dementia and wandered off. He was found after three days in some woods not far from his home. Apparently he had forgotten his way home and wandered through the woods for three day. When he was found, he was barely alive and passed on when being taken to hospital.

Looking at the above situation, you can understand why people want to have a personal alarm for the elderly on anyone they love. Imagining that the person mentioned above was very near his home, but just could not find his way home is quite sad.

What elderly dementia tracker products are available and why they are necessary?

The elderly tracker products that are available include:

  • Pendulum that can be hang from the neck
  • Watch with a security clap so it cannot be removed
  • Normal watches
  • Beepers that can be hang on the belt.
  • The list goes on and on.

The reason behind this is the fact that the elderly suffering from dementia will at one time or the other get lost and be unable to find their way home. This is not always the case, but the probability is high. These are people who are used to their independence and sometimes, when they have to be followed around, they get very upset and this affects them adversely. A tracker for the elderly is the best way of keeping tabs on granddad without making him feel like a child.

Features of tracking watches

Unlike other devices such as pendulum, tracking watches have made it possible to bring interactivity into the tracking business. Here are some of the features which make them stand out in the industry:

  • They allow two-way communication – one can call or receive a call from the wearer, which helpsin reassuring both that all will be well.
  • They allow for SOS calls – one can now send a message to SOS services and also send a message to approved number through the push of a button.
  • Silent monitoring – if an elderly person falls and is unconscious, simply make a call and the watch will answer silently allowing you to tell what environment he or she is in.
  • GPS transmission – they are so accurate GPS data, that you can locate the wearer to within 3 metres outdoors.

To wrap it up

Getting a personal alarm for the elderly is prudent. You do not need to be stressed whenever granddad decides to go play in the park with some of his friends. You simply get him to wear the watch and he can go happily away for a fun time, and leave you at peace knowing you have him in your “sight”. The technology is practical, trendy and easy to set up.

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New Amazing Technology for Tracking for the Elderly

 

Caregivers employ a lot of care especially when they have gone somewhere with a person who is suffering from Dementia. Dementia is a condition that people do go through, in most cases, as they age. Wandering off is one of the most common issues that affect people with dementia. A person may feel that he or she is able to drive, or buy a cup of coffee at the mall, and when they leave, they forget where they were going or where they came from.

This is a nightmare that many people can relate to. A dementia tracker in the form of a watch is a great way of countering this. This watch, or other device that can be kept on the elderly person and transmit GPS coordinates in real time. Watches have become very popular because they are difficult to lose or forget.

The dangers of dementia and memory loss

Memory loss and dementia is not just about getting lost; it can actually be a danger to the life of the individual. It has often been reported about someone who got lost driving on a country road, tried to walk out to get some help from some cottage they had seen some while ago, and then ended up in real danger from hypothermia and other dangers of the night.

The importance of a personal alarm for the elderly cannot be understated. This device will not only transmit GPS data, but will also act as a phone, which will allow for two way communication to calm down the person being looked for. If an elderly person is stuck outside waiting for help, just talking will help keep him or her calm.

Features of the personal alarm for the elderly

  • 2-way calling – this allows you to call the person being looked for and tell them to remain where they are as you go and pick them up.
  • SOS – With just a push of a button, and elderly person can ask for help and also get a message sent to the preset number.
  • Safe zones – Let the individual take a walk, but within a certain radius or safe zone.
  • Alerts – the watches send alerts to your phone if the elderly person leaves a safe zone or if the battery of the watch is low.
  • Listening safety monitoring – you can call the watch and it will answer automatically, letting you know the environment here your loved one is.

How it all works out

You simply get one of the watches that we have online and then activate the service. It only takes 6 small steps to set up one of our watches. Download the monitoring app to your Smartphone, set the preset numbers and account settings and you are ready to go. Getting a dementia tracker is a great way of keeping the elderly safe at all times.

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Kids GPS Watches Bring Relief to Parents

It can happen to anybody. You just take your eyes off your child and the next thing you know, he or she is gone. Many parents who have been through this harrowing experience know how bad it can get. Sometimes the child has just innocently wandered off, but the feeling of panic is unforgettable.

There have been myriad stories of people who lose their kids at amusement parks and spend a few scary minutes shouting for their children. With a kids GPS tracker, this is not an issue anymore; if you go to Disney Land and lose your child, you only need to access the GPS tracking information on your Smartphone, and this will lead you right to your child, or you can simply call them.

Widevariety of GPS tracking devices for kids
Looking at the kids GPS tracker market, one gets amazed at the wide variety of trackers available. You can get one that lookslike a pendant and others that can be clipped to the backpack of the child. One of the most popular has come in the form of a wearable watch.

The kids GPS watch has taken market by storm, and kids are actually loving having them on. The watches are trendy, show the time, and come with a wide range of features, apart from the tracking function.

Functions of GPS tracking watches
Basically, the watch will tell the time, so the child knows when to get home and when to do their homework. However, the Smartwatch comes with amazing features and here are some of them.

  • 2-way calling – These amazing devices will allow for the making of calls to certain preset numbers in the case of an emergency
  • SOS – with just a push of a button, these kids GPS watch will send a message to emergency numbers and also make an SOS call.
  • Safe Zones – It allows you to create safe zones within which a child must remain. If the child goes out of these zones, then an emergency alert is sent.
  • Strongest Mobile network – WatchOvers devices have advanced SIM cards which will pick the strongest mobile network within any area.

The kids tracker watch is an innovative device that will certainly put the mind of a parent at ease at all times. However, as with any good innovation, there are those who feel that the watches infringe on the rights and development of the child.

What do the naysayers say?
There are those groups that say that the rights of the child are being overlooked. That a teenager should be able to be free and learn to make the right decisions with regards to remaining in safe areas.

They say that children are afraid of being adventurous and are becoming timid because they are being monitored. This is probably the farthest from the truth, as most kids feel safer knowing they can just push a button and get the help they need when it is necessary.

All-in-all, the numbers say it all – more children are opting to have a GPS tracker for kids. It has actually become a trend.

Kids Love the Assure Smartwatch from WatchOvers!

The results are in! Kids everywhere love the new Assure watch from WatchOvers. And with all of the features of many modern smartwatches, what’s not to love?

Let’s face it, children love technology. They have tablets, laptops and smartphones at younger ages than many parents thought possible. Even diehard parents who swore not to let their children have tech devices too early, are realising the benefits these devices have to offer. Educational games and apps, entertainment, information and connectivity are all of the top features parents love. Children love the idea of having tech devices like Mum and Dad and are often better at using them. One feature that both parents and children can agree on as a favourite is the fact that they can stay on contact is case of an emergency.

Being able to contact your child in an emergency is every parent’s concern and the Assure watch makes that possible. Children can phone their parents to let them know that they will be late and parents can contact their children to make sure they are safe. One of the most important features of the Assure watch is the SOS feature which makes it easy for any child to call their parents and at the same time send out an emergency signal to their parents if there is trouble in school, while out with friends or anywhere. Parents can then use the GPS locator to find out where their child is and talk to them while coming to help.

The Assure watch from WatchOvers is already one of the most popular wearables with children and we have made it even better. WatchOvers has added more talk time to the Assure watch bumping it up from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

WatchOvers has also reduced the monthly subscription rate from the 1st of September making the Assure watch even more affordable. To see the Assure watch from WatchOvers in action, click this link for an informative video demonstration.

Young onset Dementia: Understanding your diagnosis Free booklet

Young onset Dementia: Understanding your diagnosis Free booklet

Young onset Dementia: Understanding your diagnosis Free booklet available to help you to understand and deal with this diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s society have released this great free booklet which is very helpful.

They say this booklet is for anyone under the age of 65 who has recently been told they have dementia. It will help you understand more about dementia in people under 65 (‘young-onset dementia’) and the treatments, support and services that are available. It includes information about how you can live as well as possible with dementia and about making plans for the future.

Young-onset dementia: Understanding your diagnosis includes information on a range of issues, including how dementia can affect a person’s relationships, making communication easier, driving and talking to employers.

It covers;

  • Coping with your diagnosis
  • What is young-onset dementia?
  • How does dementia affect younger people?
  • Living well
  • Treatment and care
  • Work, money and legal matters
  • Services and support

It answers questions such as What is young-onset dementia?

Young-onset dementia is the name given to dementia that is diagnosed in people before they are 65 years old. People who have young-onset dementia are often described as ‘younger people with dementia. Young-onset dementia is the term used for people under the age of 65 because people traditionally retired at this age. It isn’t for any biological reason.

And What causes dementia in younger people?

Dementia is caused by diseases in the brain. Dementia in younger people tends to be caused by the same range of diseases that cause the condition in people over 65. However, certain kinds of dementia are more common in younger people than in older people (covered also in the booklet).

Causes of dementia in younger people include:

Alzheimer’s disease

This is caused by proteins building up in the brain to form structures called ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’. These disrupt the way the brain works and cause brain cells to die. People with Alzheimer’s disease also have a shortage of some important chemicals in their brain.

Vascular dementia

This is caused by too little blood getting to the brain, because of blood vessels that have become damaged by disease. Without enough blood, brain cells can’t get enough oxygen and eventually die.

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD)

FTD is caused by damage to two areas in the brain: the frontal and temporal lobes. It can cause different problems depending on where the damage is.

The Alzheimer’s society developed the booklet in collaboration with younger people with dementia, whose voices are heard throughout the booklet.  This is very informative.  Click here to get the free booklet.

Helpful hints to make tricky jobs very easy!

Helpful hints to make tricky jobs very easy!

Here is a great Facebook page called Nifty with loads of videos on how make jobs that seem tricky, very easy.

For example, if the string on your hoodie gets pulled out, you never get around to fixing it because it seems so difficult to fix. Not so, check this video out on how to do it in 1 or 2 minutes with a straw and a stapler!

Dropped your mobile phone or your Liberty Watch Phone in water?  try out this trick to dry it. It is included in a video called 6 Ways To Use Silica Gel Packets.  Don’t throw out those shoe box silica gel packets! Try these six clever uses in your home.  This hint suggests you collect those small gel packets that come with almost every pair of shoes you buy, prepacked furniture and anything else you buy that the manufacturer is concerned might get moist.

The packet has a warning on it so everyone thinks they are dangerous but the warning is just to tell you to be careful as your children might choke on the packet.  Because we tend to read the writing that is in bold and ignore the rest, we all assume these packets are dangerous or harmful.

These packets can be used to help you dry out your mobile phone if it gets wet and to dry out other items. If so many manufacturers are using these packets to keep their products free of moisture, they must work.  These packets are the first thing I throw away but now I am going to keep them.

There are so many jobs that go undone because they seem more difficult to deal with than they are.  Scroll down Nifty’s Facebook page to see how easy some jobs are.  I like the one where to whisk eggs you attach a egg whisk to a power drill and let the drill do all the work.

Happy Watching.

The WatchOvers Team

Staying out of hospital when you have dementia

Staying out of hospital when you have dementia. 

The people at Unforgettable have produced a very helpful guide to help people to stay out of hospital when you have dementia.

It informs you of what you need to know about avoiding a hospital admission (and staying in the best of health).  It covers common causes of hospital admissions, how to spot them, how to prevent them, how to manage them.  Click here to download this Free e-book and take a minute to give them a review if you are happy with it.

James from Unforgettable shares his experience below and his website is a great source for information and products. Well worth checking out.

Mum was one of the lucky ones. During her dementia journey she was only admitted to hospital once, but I know many others aren’t quite so fortunate. Being away from home can be very confusing for a person with dementia. It’s very upsetting for their family, too. So is there a way to avoid it? When I posed this question to Danielle Wilde, Dementia Lead at the Royal Free Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust, her answer was both comforting and heartening. There’s lots you can do to prevent some of the most common causes of hospital admissions, she told me.

I’m delighted to say that Danielle has agreed to share her deep and impressive knowledge and experience with Unforgettable, resulting in the compilation of this eBook. We hope that it helps you feel better equipped to keep the person that you love safe, healthy and away from the hospital for as long as possible. I wish I had access to this when I was caring for my mum.

About the Author

Danielle is an Occupational Therapist with 10 years’ experience working in dementia care and neurology. In 2013, she led a Health Foundation project targeting length of stay and avoidable admissions for patients with dementia in hospital. The project achieved excellent outcomes, has been reported in national and international journals and conferences, and has been cited as an example of best practice by NHS England and Healthwatch. Based on the outcomes of the project, Danielle developed a methodology for acute hospital dementia care, “CAPER”, which was shortlisted for two national awards in 2015. As Dementia Lead, Danielle has strategic, operational, clinical and educational responsibilities for one of the country’s largest foundation Trusts, Royal Free London, employing over 10,000 staff members.

WatchOvers Liberty GPS Location Watch Phone Product Review

It is great to get a product review of our WatchOvers Liberty watch phone from a technology manager dealing with assistive care.  Here is what Chris had to say:

WatchOvers Liberty GPS Location Watch Phone Product Review

Firstly. Thank you for providing the opportunity to trial your gps watch. Below is a brief report based on my observations, experience and subsequent thoughts.

Set up out of the box

Set up instructions were simple to follow for a lay person. No real issue here. The paper instructions and smart phone app were easy to negotiate.

Charging

No problem here. A good solid usb connection. Charge duration and subsequent battery life was consistent with other similar devices.

Wearing

Strap is comfortable. Options to change a strap for a conventional replacement or locking strap would be good. (despite sacrificing colour coordination – this one was lime green)!

Style

(Putting aside the colour) the watch was worn prominently without mention from any one as to what it was. This is a major plus as a barrier to adoption of any device is when it brings attention to a problem; becoming a badge of disability! Authenticity as ‘just a watch’ would be strengthened with a permanent time display on the screen. This would also be highly practical from a wearer’s perspective for day to day watch use.

Raising an alert

The button on the right side is quite small, though prominent enough to press.  Difficult to say how easy a person with memory issues (dementia) or dexterity issues would have pressing it for the desired time. Not a design gripe, just an obvious observation.

Two way speech

The communication was very clear.

App

As stated this was easy to install and easy enough to use. Alerts from the watch came through quickly and the map reference was highly accurate.

However on a couple of occasions when sending a location request from the smart phone the map loaded to show a world map before zoning into a correct location after some time. This was a little disconcerting! It would be better that no map was shown until a location was found.

Low battery notifications were very helpful.

Bespoke messages

I really liked the ability to send message prompts from app to watch for given times. This was a hidden gem; in itself a really useful feature with potential.

Summary

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Inconspicuous
  • Good notifications
  • Highly accurate gps pinpointing
  • Message facility

Cons

  • Inability to change strap (minor point)
  • No permanent time display

Conclusion

I would have no problem recommending this product to an appropriate end user. The various colour options do lend it to the target market (children), but I can see this colour choice being desirable to adults too. So long as the person will wear it (bearing in mind our usual target market is persons with dementia) the carer has an easy to use and accurate means to locate and communicate with a person.

Having a watch is a step forward from pendant type devices on the market. However well designed these pendants still carry some stigma of ‘disability’, and may be less likely to be on the person.

Chris M.  Assistive Technology Manager UK

Effective Ways To Secure Your Home And Keep Your Family Safe From Intruders

Effective Ways To Secure Your Home And Keep Your Family Safe From Intruders

It is essential, in this day and age, to do all you can to make your home prowler-proof, not only to stop them from stealing your belongings, but also for the safety of you and your family. Following are some simple yet effective ways to secure your home and keep your family safe from intruders.

  • Make sure that your home looks occupied at all times, by leaving a pair of shoes outside your front door, and leaving lights and the television on when you go out
  • Trim bushes and trees surrounding the outside of your house to eliminate hiding spaces for would-be burglars
  • Get a dog. According to the police, having a dog, no matter what size or breed, is a huge deterrent for intruders
  • Know your neighbours. Good neighbours will take note of any unusual activities at your home, and can collect your post and put out your bin when you’re away from home
  • Keep all outside doors locked, even when you’re at home
  • Make sure that all windows and doors are locked before you leave your home or go to bed.
  • Don’t leave spare keys under your mat or in other obvious hiding places outside your house. If possible, leave them with a neighbour instead

Lighting

This is one of the most effective ways to secure your home and keep your family safe, so make sure that all entry points to your home, pathways, and driveways are well lit at night, and install motion sensors outside your house

Use a variety of lights with timers indoors, and stagger the times they switch on and off, so that your house appears occupied all the time. These lights are great for when you are out working late, or if you’re away on holiday.

Windows and doors

These are the most common ways for intruders to gain entry to your home, so make sure to:

  • Have only solid core doors at all entrances
  • Place a metal or wooden bar along the bottom track of all windows and sliding doors to prevent them from being forced open
  • Fit deadlocks to external doors
  • Make sure to have your keys with you every time you leave home
  • If you can’t see your front porch from inside the house, install a peephole in your front door
  • Install security screens to all external doors
  • If your front door has a glass inset, make sure to reinforce them with security window sheeting to stop intruders from shattering the glass to open the door
  • Windows can be reinforced with security sheeting, security screens, or roller shutters

Other than all the above, installing an alarm system and a motion-sensor video camera, are also exceptionally effective ways to secure your home and keep your family safe from intruders.