Check in app for people who live alone? April 18, 2016 11:38 AM   Subscribe

I feel certain that this was discussed on the green and I just am not figuring out the words that were used. Does anyone recall a discussion regarding various apps (I'm really looking for a text and not telephone service) that will text daily (or, alternatively, every other day) and, if no response is received within a specified time frame, will email pre-set contacts? I was hoping to read the input of others on mefi so that I don't have to waste time vetting services others here have already tried.

I've found a number of things on google that seem to be similar, but most of them are designed for one time use (blind date, or other dangerous activity), and I'd like a relatively easy pre-set text for ongoing checks.

This seemed like a good idea when it was being discussed around here, but really became a priority this weekend when my downstairs neighbor was found dead after a friend had been trying to reach her for a few weeks and then her phone service was disconnected. I normally wouldn't care, but the cats need water on a regular basis.
posted by janey47 to MetaFilter-Related at 11:38 AM (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

I found these three Asks, which mention a number of apps/services between them. Would that help you get started?

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posted by sparklemotion at 12:10 PM on April 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

Thanks so much, sparklemotion!
posted by janey47 at 12:12 PM on April 18, 2016

Mentioned on the Blue, found using "dead man switch": Dead Man's Switch.
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:54 PM on April 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

It's specific to Google (and maybe not exactly what you're looking for), but they have something called Inactive Account Manager that will give control of your Google account to a person you trust (or wipe it out if you wish) after a user-settable period of inactivity.
posted by exogenous at 12:27 PM on April 20, 2016

I think HomeSolo might suit your needs. It sends a message at a frequency you determine, the person who gets the message has to press a large button to dismiss it. If they don't, it will text someone after 10 minutes and call someone after 20 minutes.
posted by pocketfullofrye at 2:52 PM on April 24, 2016

Oh also, I looked at Google's Inactive Account Manager thinking that would be a good solution for my father, but it looks like the soonest you can set it to notify someone of inactivity is 3 months.
posted by pocketfullofrye at 2:53 PM on April 24, 2016

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