One more home monitoring device, “Bathroom usage was in the normal range” is one of the items monitored. I know these are all meaning to be helpful and indeed they are, but how far will home monitoring go.
Does a caregiver have to know everything? In the case of a fall, medications, etc. this can be very helpful information. Take a look at the one screen dedicated to bathroom visits only. 27 visits at night in the last 7 days and additional details on the “view” screen from there. I guess it’s up to the individual and care giver to determine how much information is enough, but this borders on being a bit dicey. What exactly is the “number of events”, visits and does the caregiver want an alert each time an event takes place? In hospitals these events are monitored, especially after surgery, etc. BD
Waukesha, Wis.-based GE Healthcare will market the QuietCare wireless, sensor-based passive monitoring system of Living Independently Group Inc., New York. The QuietCare system is designed to detect problems a resident may be having and alert caregivers, while protecting the resident's privacy. It is marketed for use in assisted living facilities, senior communities and private homes.
The base unit transmits data every two hours to Living Independently Group via telephone lines. The vendor analyzes the data for deviations from normal activity for a resident. For instance, a resident who failed to take a morning trip to the bathroom or make breakfast in the kitchen may have fallen or have other health issues. The vendor alerts caregivers to possible problems via pager, telephone, e-mail or a secure Web site. The sensors also monitor temperature and send alerts if an apartment is dangerously hot or cold.
GE Healthcare also will acquire an undisclosed, minority ownership stake in Living Independently Group.