For two decades, SafetyCare Technologies LLC in Berks County has been providing medical alert products and services to live-at-home seniors and individuals with special needs.
Now the company can reach assisted living facilities with the acquisition of Avalon Technologies, a Virginia company that manufactures a Web-based nurse-call software system.
Avalon has been relocated to Reading, in the same facility as SafetyCare.
“Avalon’s product mix is the perfect complement to the complete continuum of medical alert products provided by SafetyCare,” said SafetyCare CEO Chuck Gulati.
SafetyCare’s primary focus is in the manufacturing and development of personal emergency response systems, including a pendant alert and GPS watch transmitter, along with providing a response center with an around-the-clock team of certified emergency medical technicians that monitor the devices’ incoming alerts.
The addition of Avalon’s E-call software provides SafetyCare’s customers with Web-based remote access to system features, which include wireless nurse-call integration, resident and staff check-in, wandering management and resident locator detection.
“Strategically, this acquisition allows us to better serve the needs of the aging population,” Donna Harris, SafetyCare’s director of marketing, said this morning.
The Avalon software can be integrated with a variety of emergency response products in an assisted living facility, ranging from transmitters, pull cords and smoke detectors to resident services such as voice mail and telephones, or through administrative services such as a pager or wireless telephone.
Harris said she is unaware of the cost of the acquisition or the total number of new employees SafetyCare will add, but confirmed that the company has added customer service and technical support staff to its Reading facility. In addition, SafetyCare has inherited Avalon’s customer base.