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 September 4, 2010  Surveillance

Ki Mae Heussner reports:

For 74-year-old Carol Brewer, welcoming a video camera into her living room wasn’t easy.

She said she’d walk through her own home and wonder, “Am I dressed appropriately?”

But over time, she said, she grew accustomed to the little grey globe in the corner of the room and now credits it, in part, with helping her and her 78-year-old husband Ross, who is paralyzed from the waist down, continue to live in their Lafayette, Ind., home on their own.

“It bothered me a little,” she said. “But now I don’t worry about it.”

That’s because during the past two years, the surveillance camera and the other wireless sensors scattered around the Brewers’ home have allowed “telecaregivers” to help the couple avert emergency time and again.

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The “eyes” and “ears” that watch over the Brewers belong to trained caregivers at ResCare, a Louisville, Kentucky-based company that provides residential care services to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Through its Rest Assured program, which was developed with the Purdue University School of Technology, the company remotely monitors about 300 clients across the country.

Dustin Wright, the general manager for Rest Assured, said the company works very closely with clients and their families to determine exactly what is needed.

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