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Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.

New device can help caregivers prevent accidental kitchen fires for loved ones cooking at home
By Douglas Flynn / November 21, 2017
A cooking fire occurs every six seconds in the United States. Seniors are 2.5 times more likely to get injured or die in a fire. And two-thirds of all adults aged 20-70 surveyed have admitted to forgetting to turn off the stove.

But there is now a new device that can help prevent such tragedies.

The Wallflower Stove Monitor is a small device that plugs into the back of your electric stove and monitors your cooking behavior. Once plugged in, it is not visible. It learns cooking behavior and beeps when the stove has been on for longer than usual. It sends notifications to one or more caregivers’ smart phones when the stove is turned on, has been on longer than usual, or if someone leaves with the stove still on.

The Smart Monitor App provides a history of stove usage so that caregivers can ensure the care recipient is eating on time and not skipping meals. A pattern of forgetting to turn off the stove can also be an early indicator that the care recipient’s dementia is progressing.

Wallflower does not charge any recurring fees.

For a person with dementia who is still cooking for themselves, the device beeps to remind them to turn off the stove when they forget. And if someone else is cooking for them, it also reminds them if they forget to turn off the stove before or after leaving the house.

For caregivers, whether they are living with someone with dementia or caring for them remotely, they will be able to monitor stove usage from anywhere in the world by using the app. It may even help keep the care recipient living at home longer, which is the desired goal for most.

For a limited time, family caregivers caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can get the device at no cost through the federal Agency of Community Living’s Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program Part B (ADSSP-B) Grant. That funding is available to caregivers through the end of January. 

Currently, the device works only with electric stoves, but a similar device for gas stoves is being developed. 

The device can be installed in less than five minutes. For more information about the Wallflower Stove Monitor, call 1-877-369-8240, email support@wallflower.com or visit http://wallflower.com

To get the device at no cost through the ADSSP-B Grant, contact the caregiver specialist at your local Aging Services Access Point. In MetroWest, that is BayPath Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego, who can be reached at 508-573-7239 or arego@baypath.org

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