A customized voice assistant is being rolled out in Idaho Falls to provide connections for senior citizens alone at home.

In July, Visiting Angels of Eastern Idaho agreed to help test pilot a new voice-activated tool to help care for senior citizens. The Constant Companion is a network of Amazon Alexa devices that come pre-programmed with tools that are meant to provide companionship and security options for people who already receive at-home nursing care.

Those devices are being officially rolled out to homes this week, with Ed McKim being the first eastern Idaho resident in the official program. The 93-year-old has gotten help from the home care company since 2016, and as his vision and hearing continue to fade, the Constant Companion has arrived as a brand-new tool for him to use.