FineThankx for daily phone checkins


We’re always searching for new ways to stay connected with our elderly parents. The trick is finding a way to do this without being intrusive. For each family, the balance will be different.

If you don’t want to be making daily phone calls to your parent to be sure they’re okay (or if your parent doesn’t want you hovering over them by calling every day), then one of the solutions is a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) like a medical alert system that the person can press if they have a problem.

But of course, not everyone remembers to bring their panic button with them at all times.

Here’s a different (and complimentary) idea. The folks at FineThanx have developed a simple automated call system that allows an elderly person living alone to easily communicate to their loved ones, “I’m fine, thanks,” and go about their business.

Here’s how it works:

When you set up the system, you tell it what numbers to call, when, and how many times a day.

When the phone rings, the elderly person simply presses #1 if everything is fine. They press #2 if they need help. If they don’t answer the system tries back a few more times.

If the person presses #2 or the call isn’t answered, the FineThanx system starts calling the people you’ve set up in the “Care Circle.” This might be you, a neighbor or friend, another family member, etc.

Once you get this call, you can be in touch with your parent or send someone by to check on them.

One of the biggest benefits of a system like this is that it can catch problems passively. For example, if your parent forgets to carry their panic button and takes a fall, they won’t be able to alert you. But they would miss their next scheduled phone checkin and you would know something was wrong.

Because the calls originate from the FineThanx system, you don’t have the problem of your parent simply getting busy and forgetting to call you.

The FineThanx system works well with a medical alert system, though, because the medical alert can be used for urgent problems and the phone system gives you a level of assurance that everything else is okay.

The system is just $9.95 per month.

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