UK company Tunstall, received a grant from Yorkshire Forward's Industrial Research and Development Award (IRDA). The grant will be used to fund research and development of the Lifestyle Reassurance solution. The service will, "deliver
highly personalised care services to older and vulnerable people by
helping to build up individual lifestyle patterns which can then be
used by care and medical professionals to monitor lifestyles and detect
potential changes which may be indicative of deteriorating personal
health or social condition."
A key goal of the grant is to help
the elderly and infirm to age-in-place, or remain in their own homes, rather than entering residential
care and help to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital, thus reducing
the pressure on Social Services and the National Health Service.
Lifestyle Reassurance Solutions [PDF file] from Tunstall are already being used to
build a pattern of a person's daily activity, in order to detect
changes that impact on a user's ability to support themselves. For
example, electrical usage sensors can monitor how often the kettle is
boiled contributing to indications of nutrition, and movement sensors
detect levels of activity hence mobility within the home. Carers can
review this data and if a deviation from the norm is detected, the
cause can be investigated and preventative action taken.
The system is made up of a wide variety of sensors, and home-based central unit, call center, and an information system. This sounds like a number of solutions that are evolving here in the U.S. Pictured right is the Lifeline 4000, the gateway for a variety of sensors.
[Hat tip: Wireless Healthcare]