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Los Angeles Tech Startup Launches Innovative New App To Assist With In-home Care
CareBeacon smartphone app designed to monitor the day-to-day well-being of seniors and others with special needs is the first of its kind
CareBeacon™ is a patent-pending smartphone application that acts as an emergency alert system by monitoring the movement of the user. By leveraging the advanced global positioning features and motion-sensing accelerometers of the iPhone, the CareBeacon application senses a fall and will immediately contact designated friends or family members with text and voice messages, alerting them to check on their loved one. CareBeacon is compatible with the iPhone 4 and above, and works with any cellular service. Whether a slip and fall happens in the shopping mall, the bathroom or the garden, CareBeacon provides an important safety net for friends and family who want the reassurance an “always on” monitor that rests easily in their loved one’s pocket can offer.
CareBeacon is designed and built in Los Angeles by tech entrepreneurs Bob Schoenburg and Toby Northcote-Smith, after a mutual friend of theirs was diagnosed with a serious blood disorder that remained a concern for he and his wife well past his initial treatment and discharge from hospital care. It’s a situation all too familiar to many in the U.S. today: continued hospital care is not an option, but even partial in-home assistance puts too great a strain on household finances, leaving working care-givers to spend countless hours worrying about something going wrong while they are away.
Schoenburg and Northcote-Smith wondered why there wasn’t a better solution available to keep their friend safe and provide peace of mind for his wife? They decided to apply their knowledge of business systems and technical application design to the problem. With over 30 years of combined experience in software development, including Mac, PC and Web platforms, cutting edge Mobile applications and multiple business-critical technical infrastructure projects, the two are well-suited to creating new products, but it is also the personal connection to this cause that motivates this father and son team to offer a helping hand to those in need, and greater peace of mind to those caring for them.
CareBeacon is designed following state-of-the industry guidelines published by leading organizations such as the National Institute on Aging and the American Foundation for the Blind, as well as best practices and procedures outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For more information and to request a demonstration please go to the CareBeacon website at www.care-beacon.com