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Beaconsfield couple launch hi-tech elderly care system
11:20am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
ELDERLY people are being offered an alternative to moving into a home after a new care solution was launched by a Beaconsfield couple.
‘Alert My Carer’ is a new hi-tech system which sees sensors placed around the home, with relatives or carers alerted via text message when something seems wrong or unusual.
The venture was launched by Beaconsfield couple Rishi and Jennifer Suri after their own experiences with elderly care options and trouble finding a suitable solution for Rishi’s grandmother.
The sensors, which monitor movement, temperature, sleep activity and even eating habits, helps allow older people to remain independent, with carers able to keep an eye out for their safety remotely.
Sensor data is shown on a personalised website to understand behavioural patterns and therefore when something might be amiss.
With an ageing population and worries over care costs and provision mounting, Mr and Mrs Suri aim to offer families a viable alternative to moving relatives into care.
Mr Suri said: “77% of elderly people consider a care home as a last resort. Not only do the majority of elderly people want to avoid a care home, they often simply can’t afford them.
“Care home costs in the South East are well in excess of £25,000 per year and that is without the addition of medical or nursing staff.
“If we can assist someone in living independently in their own home for as long as they can, not only can we keep them happier but we can help to make sure they don’t need to sell their home to fund their care.”
Alert my Carer can also sense when doors are left open, a smoke detector activated and whether medication has been taken.
The system is currently being trialled, with families reporting positive results from the service.
Amit Chadda, a teacher whose grandmother has been trialling the system, said: “The difference it has made to the whole family in just 2 months has been amazing.
“Nani is much happier that we can keep a discreet eye on her and make sure she is ok without it interrupting her life and routines. It really is a win-win solution and it doesn’t cost the earth.”
Full details on how to get the new technology is available at www.alertmycarer.co.uk
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