My SOS Family, the personal safety alert specialists, have created an Alexa app for the Elderly/Seniors so their family and friends have greater peace of mind knowing they can quickly request help whenever needed.
The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that you talk to using your voice by saying Alexa followed by a command. You can ask Alexa for the weather or listen to your favourite radio station. Voice interactive assistants are appealing considering how easy it is to use.
The Echo Dot is affordable and a cheaper alternative to smartphones. You can easily connect the Dot to your sound system for better audio. Keep it away from the speaker otherwise, getting Alexa's attention can be frustrating.
Smart home appliances are on the increase and allow us to control them through the little speaker. Register your smart device through the Alexa app by finding relevant skill. Once linked we would say "Alexa, turn on the lights" or "Alexa, start the dishwasher".
There are some excellent Skills which help to keep the brain active by solving puzzles or doing maths and crosswords using your voice. If you have an elderly relative who spends time on their own, it might be the next best thing to a pet to keep them company.
My SOS Family has created an Alexa Skill which is initiated by saying "Alexa, start My SOS Family". Alexa then responds with: "Doris, would you like to send for help?". If you say "Yes", alerts are sent by SMS, phone call and email depending on your setup so anyone in your contact group can respond accordingly.
At no additional cost the smartphone app can be used when out and about, or a fast-dial key can be set up to trigger alerts. You can use the same credit purchased for the Alexa with your app. Again, if you have the My SOS Family app and later decide to use Alexa, the credit is shared with Alexa.
Our Check-In facility sends an email instead of an SOS alert in cases where it's not an emergency. An example would be:
"I'm taking the dog for a walk."
On their return, which could be 30 minutes
"I'm back home."
A simple way to keep loved ones informed without causing a panic.
For situations where changing a light bulb or any concerning activity, the timer feature allows you to set a countdown timer to trigger an SOS alert, if the timer reaches zero, SOS alerts will go to your contact group.