New Technology Aims to Help Seniors Stay at Home
Studies have shown that many elderly individuals want to stay in their homes as they age, but unfortunately some of them are unable to do so due to medical problems. In an effort to combat this, University of Missouri, Columbia researchers created software that is designed to remotely monitor the health of elderly people, so they can be cared for without having to leave their residences.
The developers have used this motion-sensing technology for years at TigerPlace, an eldercare facility in Columbia. Now they have received a grant to further develop the software at a facility in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to see if it can be used for home care patients.
“Using what we’re already doing at TigerPlace and deploying it at the facility in Cedar Falls will allow us to further test the concept of remote health care,” said researcher Marilyn Rantz. “Monitoring individuals with in-home sensors allows us to unobtrusively monitor their health changes based on their individual activity patterns and baseline health conditions.”
The sensors track an elderly individual’s movements, and alert healthcare providers to when there appears to be a small problem, such as a fall, before their is a larger issue.