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Comfort Zone Check In is a product developed by the Alzheimer’s Association, with the primary aim of allowing caregivers and relatives of those suffering Alzheimer’s disease to facilitate a greater level of independence and significantly improve the quality of life of the patient.

Importantly, the product also allows for the continued safety and security of Alzheimer’s patients, but can be a powerful means of giving the life of patients an added element.

What do You Need?

To use Comfort Zone Check In, you either need to purchase a dedicated device that will track the movements of the patient, or the program can be used with any existing cellular phone that operates on the Sprint network.

Once a device has been chosen, it is easy to get up and running.  All you need to do is to set up a monthly subscription using a current credit card, and your device and Comfort Zone Check In service will be ready to go.  This then allows you to carry out all manner of tasks, such as setting up notifications, as well as helping you to monitor and locate them should you need to.  There is also a ‘panic’ feature that the patient can use if they get into difficulty.

The issue of a subscription fee for such a product will undoubtedly be a controversial one, especially since there are a number of tracking devices already on the market, in addition to the ability we have to use regular mobile apps for finding a person’s location.  However, the range of features that Comfort Zone Check In carries, which we will explore now, makes this small fee ($9.99 – $14.99 per month) one worth paying.

Peace of Mind

Comfort Zone Check In has the potential to give peace of mind, both to those who care for Alzheimer’s patients, as well as patients themselves, who can get frustrated or distressed when people will not let them do anything independently.

Using a simple web-based application, caregivers, relatives, or friends of the patient can set up a simple monitoring system, so the device can ‘check in’ at certain times and allow you to be sure that a patient has reached an appointment, or has arrived home at a certain time, for example.

Regular notifications can also be set up, and sent to your own device via SMS message or e-mail, so that you are constantly updated and, in effect, monitoring the patient and being assured of their safety while both parties carry on their lives with a degree of independence.

It is not an over-exaggeration to say that Comfort Zone Check In could have a dramatic impact on Alzheimer’s care, especially as research continues to unlock the complexities of the condition and we understand more and more about it.