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IoT Devices to Ease Caregiver’s Concerns

An earlier article today focused on the potential connected home devices hold to improve the day-to-day quality of life and support seniors who choose to age in place. However, IoT (Internet of Things) devices also promise to support caregivers by monitoring their loved ones while they are away, particularly as many new caregivers work full-time jobs and have other responsibilities which make it difficult to provide around-the-clock care.

Caregivers always have anxieties about whether their loved ones are safe alone at home. One survey led by EFC says, in the UK, one out of six people give preference to caring for an elderly loved one but are forced to give up working to do so.

The predicament faced in challenging situations like these is when one is not being available around-the-clock for your loved ones when they need you…

During this time where you are not available, IoT sensors can monitor healthcare data and make it available to you and your loved ones 24/7.

These systems are able to learn user’s routines and alert caregivers when irregularities are detected so that caregivers do not have to constantly check whether a user has eaten or when they took their medication, clearing space for more quality time with loved ones.

Over the last few years, engineers have invented a new way of caring for elderly adults by using IoT technology to monitor an individual remotely. Special applications developed by companies are used to generate alerts and notifications if something is wrong. According to Aging 2.0, home caregiving is the fastest evolving sector in aging technology as nearly 100 million ventures and start-ups have been funded to leverage the technology…

These are worries that become tedious every time you must call them and ask, for example, if they remembered to take their meds. Fortunately, IoT applications give you a notification if they were to fall or forgot to take their medicine. You can instantly reach out to them and provide the support they need.

TruSense, one such company, provides integrated tracking solutions that use smart sensors to track user’s daily activities and facilitate caregiving responsibilities.

The company provides a package of sensors, such as motion sensors, with an addition of a GPS pendant (optional) as well as other devices that are easily installed in two steps…

If a caregiver doesn’t have time to check the activities on the customized app, they can simply set up alerts that will notify them whether their loved one has come out of the bathroom [or] left the home. 

Fall-detection company Zanthion offers everyday assistance in a variety of areas in addition to alerting caregivers in the case of a fall.

1. Special sensors installed with this system will open a window if it’s too hot inside
2. It can turn on the light when your loved one rolls out of bed
3. Environmental sensors can measure air quality, refrigerator temperature, even open doors

The Qorvo Senior lifestyle system and Alarm both use sensors and pattern recognition to detect irregularities in a user’s routine.

This system learns the routine of an individual senior resident and provides the status of their activities. When an unexpected situation occurs, it notifies their caregivers so they can provide what is needed…

Alarm’s wellness tool uses real-time sensor information and develops routine patterns using special algorithms, as well as giving caregivers an insight into daily life.

Actions like sleep, fall detection, eating habits, bathroom activities, and medication can be monitored with this system, and the data is sent to the caregivers through phone calls or text messages and emails.

IoT security company Gemalto recently partnered with in-home senior care device designer OnKöl to create a connected device “hub” which can monitor seniors’ health and activities.

The hub gathers the data from medical devices via protocols such as Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi, ZigBee and communicate with family members and caregivers.

The device is also capable of tracking phone calls, environmental condition, and medication reminders.

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