A sensor is placed in each room the person uses, and it collects data based on the loved one’s movements. If an irregularity is identified, such as a fall, caregivers are alerted immediately.
In the USA, one in four Americans over the age of 65 fall every year. People with ageing loved ones often experience an increase in stress due to worry and an increase in time caring.
Swiss startup Sedimentum has created a no-contact way to provide both older people and their family with peace of mind. A device is installed on the floor or ceiling of any commonly used room, such as the kitchen and bedroom. The sensor continually records information based on motion activity and room parameters. Sedimentum uses artificial intelligence to understand the loved one’s usual movements for more accurate detection if something is out of the ordinary.
If an irregularity occurs, such as additional people entering the room or a fall, then the care team receives an instant alert to the change. The device can also measure vital signs, and in the case of a life-critical event, it again automatically creates an alert. The use case of such a device could be the usual home or nursing and care homes. Sedimentum focuses heavily on data protection using anonymous data processing. Remote monitoring of older people is becoming a growing field, we have seen Howz in the UK using AI to learn routine and spot changes, and CarePredict uses a wearable with monitoring beacons within the house.