Living Independently Partners with LifeFone to Offer Seniors Greater Security with Peace of Mind for Families
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2003--Living Independently Inc., a next generation health and elder care company that helps seniors live more safely in their own homes, has partnered with LifeFone to deliver the nation's first affordable, round-the-clock home health security system for seniors and their families.

The service combines Living Independently's QuietCare(SM) 24/7 Eldercare Health Security System and LifeFone's(TM) Personal Emergency Response Service into a unique new service that allows seniors to continue living independently, but with greater peace of mind for them and their families - for less than $3 per day.

With proprietary, patented technology, the QuietCare System unobtrusively tracks senior citizens' activities of daily living (ADLs) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides comprehensive reports and alerts to family members and/or caregivers.

"Seniors and their families now have a truly integrated service that not only summons help during life threatening emergencies, but helps to prevent them before they happen," comments Living Independently's President and CEO Steve Cohen.

QuietCare is at the forefront of eldercare, and is the first commercially available, affordable system of its kind. Comprised of five inconspicuous, wireless activity sensors placed strategically in the senior's home, the system collects information about the senior's daily activities: whether the individual has gotten out of bed, navigated the bathroom safely, prepared their meals and taken their medication.

What makes QuietCare truly unique is the fact that it "learns" each individual's normal patterns and notes any changes in those norms. Information is analyzed around the clock by the QuietCare data center and processed in real time so that LifeFone's 24-hour response center can respond quickly and appropriately to both emergencies and emerging problems before they become critical. And, depending upon the senior's and family's preferences, the LifeFone team will contact caregivers or family members via phone, e-mail, text message, pager or fax. Thus, the system is completely customized for each individual senior.

"This system is able to provide family members and caregivers with a 24/7 early warning system about the safety and well-being of their elderly loved one," said Mr. Cohen. "Without interfering with the senior's daily routine or invading their privacy, the QuietCare System allows them to continue living independently by helping to prevent debilitating and costly hospital visits."

"This new service offering addresses the emerging needs of the 35+ million people in the United States over the age of 65, which is among the fastest growing population groups in our society," comments LifeFone President Ron Maggio. "With the rising cost of healthcare and the financial burden of home health aides and the struggles of families caring for their elder loved ones, the need for secure, reliable home health monitoring is paramount. This new, unique, comprehensive service helps to ensure a constant connection between elders, their family, and caregivers."

This exclusive partnership offers two levels of service to consumers. The Gold Level service package offers the 24/7 QuietCare service with monitoring by LifeFone's emergency response team for a monthly fee of $79.95. The Diamond Level service offers the same 24/7 QuietCare service, the LifeFone emergency response team monitoring, and a full personal emergency response system for a monthly fee of $89.95. There is a modest, one-time activation fee for both plans of $149.95. Families interested in learning more about the service can call LifeFone at 1-800-882-2280.

About Living Independently

Living Independently, Inc., New York City, is a next generation health and elder care company dedicated to helping senior citizens live more safely - in their own homes. Its patented technology-based QuietCare service also provides peace of mind to family and caregivers, as well as helping institutions improve the quality and efficiency of care giving. Following more than 12 years of research and development funded in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Aging, the company launched the service in 2002. It is the first commercially available solution of its kind and addresses the emerging needs of the 30-million (and growing) population of 65+ years old persons who live alone in the U.S.

About LifeFone

LifeFone has been an innovator in providing security and peace of mind to tens of thousands of people throughout the US and Canada for more than 20 years. Utilizing the latest information technology and their continued commitment to caring, personal response, LifeFone is in the forefront of the healthcare communications industry.

LifeFone gives individuals instant access to caring, compassionate help 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Subscribers can directly contact their specially trained LifeFone staff with the simple push of a button. And LifeFone helps to maintain their Subscribers' independence and overall quality of life by helping to ensure early intervention in emergency situations.

As a leading provider of Personal Response Services, LifeFone is recommended by healthcare providers throughout North America. These providers include: hospitals, area agencies on aging, home health care providers, social workers and geriatric care managers. LifeFone is an integral part of their overall care program.

Features and specifications subject to change, Living Independently's Quiet Care System is a service mark of Living Independently Inc. Lifefone is a trademark of MSS Electronics, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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