SeniorDomo offers prevention, protection and support everywhere and at all times, and will be evaluated by the Independent Living Association.
The number of people that live alone in Spain has increased again over the last year and is now roughly 4.9 million, according to the Continuous House Survey carried out by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). The data suggests that 26.1% of homes are occupied by just one person, and 2,131,400 (41.7%) of people who live alone are 65 or older, a 5.9% increase from 2016.
In response, the Ramon Molinas Foundation will launch and sponsor a research programme that aims to test, develop, and consolidate SeniorDomo, an innovative home telecare system that enables the tracking and monitoring of adults that live alone in a non-intrusive way. The solution therefore empowers people to live in their homes more safely and prolong their independence without the need to live with a full-time carer or move to a nursing home. The initiative is a collaboration with the Independent Living Association, who will oversee the evaluation process.
The Independent Living Association will study the effectiveness of SeniorDomo for 20 adults across a nine-month trial period. The objective of the research programme is to evaluate and maximise the efficiency of the product to create a more sophisticated and innovative home telecare device.
SeniorDomo Prevent, comprised of a smart telecare watch and a suite of risk-detection sensors, offers prevention, protection, and support everywhere and at all times. The device monitors the activity, behaviour, and habits of end-users to identify and anticipate abnormal activity in a way that is passive, automatic, and in real time. Analysing the routines and habits of end-users allows the system to predict the status of the wearer and identify issues that might indicate a problem in the future.
The advanced telecare watch has an inbuilt GPS and a help button that end-users can activate in or outside of the home. The tool detects abnormal activity and automatically puts the end-user through to an emergency contact via telephone. Motion sensors placed around the home monitor behaviour patterns, while sensors attached to specific objects track whether or not they have been used.
Without having to install intrusive cameras or microphones, relatives and carers can be made aware of and monitor any unusual activity with a mobile app. SeniorDomo Prevent enables the complete tracking of end-users, allowing for personalised care and notifications to keep carers up to date. All personal information is kept safe with an account and password.
SeniorDomo is a start-up that was created in 2018 by two brothers who lived through the aging process of their parents and were frustrated by the lack of existing support services to help elderly people and their families to cope. The start-up was launched to help bring about a change in the care sector and actively participate in social responsibility. SeniorDomo, which aims to become a leading solution in the improvement of the quality of life of older people, received the Ramon Molinas Foundation ‘Prize for the best entrepreneurial project’ in the #SpinUOC 2019 edition.
The Independent Living Association is a pioneering organisation in Catalonia that works to promote and evaluate assistive products and technology with the aim of improving the quality of life and autonomy of older people, adults with disabilities or dependencies, and their families and carers.
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