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Monday, February 28, 2011

Tele-Aide Provides Peace of Mind

Every once in a while, someone comes up with an idea that just blows my socks off. Tele-Aide is one of those ideas. The founder, Greg Firely contacted me via email about doing a quick write up on his business and I glanced over it and the other 10 I received that day without very much attention.

After catching up with Greg on the phone and talking about his product, I am really excited about it and how much help it will provide the community. It is truly unique and offers families peace of mind for their loved ones as well as themselves. Read on...

Tele-Aide was a concept born out of experience and resulting in a necessity for families to really keep an eye on their loved ones. Almost everyone has someone close to them who may be older, sick, and/or lives alone. Some may even be far enough away where daily visits are impossible, and let's face it, in today's world, daily calls are even a stretch. Families find themselves with a need for checking up on their loved ones who may need daily contact to be sure that they are safe and well.

Tele-Aide answers that need. For a relatively small fee, Tele-Aide will contact your loved ones on a daily basis making sure they are well, have taken their medicine, if they are in need of any help, or if they are generally in good shape. Tele-Aide also provides reports to the relatives on any and all activity with calls that were made, what type of activity took place during those calls, and emergency calls to family if anything should be urgent.

Once they get a client, they start a profile on the patient. That profile includes things like the nearest emergency room, first responders, etc. so that if anything is to happen, or if the patient is in need of immediate help, they can respond with the fastest course of action. It also includes a health assessment from an RN for the patient to ensure that calls will include important information.

Tele-aide is an outbound service only. Meaning, they will make the contact to the patient on a daily basis with procedures in place, usually defined with the help of the family, specific to that patient. The patient doesn't have to check in at all. All calls are made directly from Tele-Aide. If there is no response on the first call, they may wait 20 minutes to make a second attempt. If no answer they may wait another 20 and then put into action a call for help by local authorities and contact family.

Calls will be made based off of family needs. Perhaps the patient may be out a specific time during doctor visits, or a bridge league. All calls will be made to ensure the highest level of safety is reached as it pertains to each individual patient.

With families moving farther and farther away, this service is invaluable and may even pay for itself. Cheaper than the gas someone might spend making multiple visits a month, you get the peace of mind of knowing your family member is being contacted every day to ensure their safety.

I've never heard of a service like this and believe it to be the first of its kind, although I haven't researched enough to verify it. A company like this, especially being a local company, is invaluable to the community. It has the potential to provide numerous jobs and be a real asset to the community, keeping its residents safe and their families comfortable knowing that there is someone there to keep an eye on them.

Check out the website and pass it along to anyone you know who might have this need. It's a great service to have in order to help you manage your daily schedule and have peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are being looked after.

The Conshohocken Cafe is a Hit!

If you've been through Conshohocken lately you may or may not have noticed the new cafe in town. Opened about 3 months ago, it was born out of a relationship formed by two friends who found each other playing poker, of all things.

Mike Orchewski (I know this spelling is murdered, sorry Mike!), owned On a Roll, which was literally located next to the building where the Cafe now resides at 521 Fayette St. and Tim Mulvey, an energy drink promotional manager and sales exec came up with the idea when the new location opened up.

"We realized that there were no locally owned cafe's in downtown Conshohocken to service all of the businesses that reside in the area. With the Conshy towers a walking distance away, and Conshohocken attracting a younger crowd for shopping and just hanging out on the weekends, the idea seemed to have some legs.", said Tim.

The Cafe is elegantly casual and provides a very calming and friendly atmosphere to enjoy breakfast or lunch, or even just a cup of coffee in the morning by yourself or with friends.

Bucks County Coffee supplies the coffee and the Cafe is the only retail place in the area to do so once again. The menu also provides a ton of comfort foods as well as some very unique recipes for soups, sandwiches, and other dishes that may be considered eclectic but are fantastic and a welcome change to just grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken fingers.

Friends pitched in to help get the place up and running with construction, marketing and other start up essentials. It truly is a local business and if you stop into Conshy, you'll be missing out if you don't hit this place up for a bite to eat or even just a cup of coffee while resting your feet.

You can become a fan of the Cafe on Facebook by clicking here.