Product Review: grandCARE
I get really excited about new technologies, systems, and emerging companies. Especially if they’re built with the goal of making peoples lives more livable. GrandCARE Systems is one of those companies that’s easy to get behind! GrandCARE Systems is a communication tool, care management asset and activity-sensor-hub all wrapped up in an easy-to-use touchscreen device.
Connectivity Tools For Seniors
The grandCARE System offers connectivity for seniors. It keeps them connected to family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers alike. Family members are able to share photos, videos, and messages through the care portal (which can be accessed through any device with an internet connection). Caregivers can set up activity reminders and medication prompts. Medication reminders take on a whole new look with photos of pills and dosing information.
Healthcare providers are able to set up sensors around the home that can detect motion, establish sleep patterns and even send an alert if the refrigerator door has not been opened in the morning. The system also supports telehealth devices such as blood pressure monitors, scales, pulse oximeters, glucometers, and thermometers. All of this can be done while monitoring and engaging even the most technology-averse seniors.
GrandCARE allows every person involved with the senior to contribute in their own way. It allows people to feel more integrated into their loved ones lives. — Daphne Karpan, Home Care RN
The grandCARE touch screen interface is very easy for the front end-user, presumably an older adult that may not be familiar with computers or modern tech. It’s also easy for family, caregivers and providers who are connected on the back-end. Monitoring seniors at home can make a great deal of sense. GrandCARE just makes it easier! Personally, I can also see this system being a welcome addition to any long distance family member situation. Family members can easily send photos, videos and personal notes to share.
We reviewed a competitor of grandCARE in the past called Video Care. Even though Video Care isn’t around anymore, their users have been incorporated into the grandCARE system.
VideoCare used different hardware than grandCARE but we invested in testing our software to the point we can simply send VideoCare customers a USB drive that installs GrandCare on their current VideoCare touch PC. It has made a number of people happy and we are proud to almost seamlessly migrate clients and their caregivers from VideoCare to grandCARE with almost no interruption in service. — Jerry Furness, COO of grandCARE
GrandCARE Systems (grandCARE) recently released MediKall, which is a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant video chat for providers to talk to clients and patients about medical conditions. HIPPA compliance means your medical and personal information is protected/safe. GrandCARE can be used with a wired or wi-fi internet connection, so it’s a very flexible solution.
Buying a grandCARE System
Cost is $699 for the system and requires a $49 monthly subscription. There are no additional charges for use of health devices, sensors, or alerts. Some users are able to access this system through their home care, home health, hospice, or senior care living facility at a reduced cost. Ask your provider if they have grandCARE connected into their network. If you’re interested in the grandCARE System for a family member or a friend, by being a member of The Senior List community, you can receive 10% off of the purchase price. Tell them you read about it here!
Easy of Use 9.5/10
Access from Anywhere 9.9/10
Accessible from Multiple Devices 9.9/10
- – Can be used in any setting
- – Socialization
- – Activity Monitoring
- – Telehealth Recording
- – Medication Management