We are living longer, but still old age brings problems with it. Now technology can help elderly stay longer safely at home while keeping their independence.
With lifestyle monitoring from Sensara, it is possible for elderly to live longer safely at home. This is also the case for Poeke Hillen (88). For four months, she uses Sensara in her apartment.
Poeke started to wonder more about possible problems that could occur in her home now she was living alone. Poeke Hillen: “My mother fell at 96 years old and wasn’t able to get up by herself. She had to wait for hours on the floor until somebody came by her house. I want to make sure this does not happen to me.” That is when Poeke started using Sensara. It makes her feel safer when she knows that somebody will be notified whenever she needs help. Poeke Hillen: “My children are at ease and so am I. They only have to look at their phone to see if everything is fine with me. And if something happens they get an alarm as well.”
Feeling at ease
Also for Poeke’s son Rutger it was difficult to let his mom live by herself. He wasn’t feeling at ease whenever his mom would not pick up the phone. However, with a full-time job he wasn’t able to visit her all the time. Therefore, he wanted to be able to keep an eye on her even when he wasn’t there, without taking away her privacy. Rutger: “I was already thinking it would be great to have a device that could register her movements. I would not want a webcam for her. I want her to have her privacy.” Now with the lifestyle monitoring from Sensara he knows when she gets out of bed, if she eats well or when something is wrong, because he will get a ping on his app. And no cameras are used. Rutger: “The lifestyle monitoring system works great. I am feeling much more at ease now since I can see how she is doing with just a look at my phone. I can even do a quick check when I am at work.”
Catching the little things before they become big problems
A simple system as lifestyle monitoring can make a big difference for elderly who live alone and like to stay in their own home. The main value of lifestyle monitoring is that small things can be caught before they become big discomforts. A notification of increased toilet visits can detect a urinary-infection, less visits and reduced time spent outside can indicate that social activity is declining and changes in walking speed can indicate a bigger chance of falling. With the movement sensors, these changes in behavior can be picked up early. This way caretakers receive an alert at an early stage and only small interventions are needed.
Sensara HomeCare is a smart lifestyle monitoring system. With just a few sensors, Sensara can detect changes in behavior that can result in health risks. The first two weeks the sensors learn the elderly’s behavior so whenever changes in behavior occur, a notification will be sent to the care taker app. This way caretakers have more insight in how their loved ones are doing and elderly can live longer safely in their own home.
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