To log on to watch the seniors, all the caregiver has to do is go to the Bright Horizons Web site, click on the link to the Web cam, type in a user name and password, and choose a room, out of three, to view. Neary said that while the program is being rolled out, anyone can log on to see the rooms, however, passwords will soon only be provided to caregivers.
From there, caregivers will be able to check in on their senior family members as many times per day, days per week and whatever time they choose.
"I usually log on around 10:30 or 11 [a.m.]," said Zumbo, who says she logs on two to three times per day to make sure her mother is OK.
Zumbo said that when seniors get to a certain age, they can begin to become a constant worry.
"You don't know until they fall and break their hip that they need to be in the program," she said. That is, in fact what happened to Janice. It was after her fall that Zumbo decided her mother should be in the Bright Horizons program, where she would be active, yet monitored, on a daily basis.
Zumbo said that while she has faith in the program itself, she has always been one to stop in and check on her mother. Thanks to the new Web cam, she can check in without leaving her desk.
"It's a really reassuring thing," she said. "All you really need to know is that they're doing fine."
Szesnat said that the camera system can also be used to confirm to caregivers that their loved ones are remaining active during the day.
She described one man who acts as a leader during the day at the program.
"He even leads Bingo," said Szesnat. "People come in and think he's a volunteer."