Cardiff-based care technology startup Care Direct Technology has partnered with Welsh disabilities charity Mirus to trial a suite of technology solutions to aid independent living.
Since July, people supported by Mirus in Riverside, Cardiff have been piloting elements of Care Direct’s new remote monitoring solution, which incorporates a range of assistive technology products that collectively report back to a smartphone app in a first-to-market innovation.
The products include discreet IoT sensors, used to detect patterns and changes in the person’s home environment.
The sensors allow support workers to gain an oversight of what is happening in a number of tenants’ apartments at once, monitoring movement, temperature and when key electrical items have been used.
Residents have also been trialing a wearable automatic emergency alarm. This sends an alert if a person has fallen or left a pre-determined geofenced area.
In weeks to come, people supported by Mirus will also be testing Care Direct’s smart watch and voice-activated smart hub.
Tom Goldwater, team manager of Mirus Wales, commented: “The products we have been trialing are compact and easy to use, making them ideal for the demographic of people we support.
“The integrated app system means that the potential for increasing people’s independence in a non-intrusive and empowering manner are incredible; whilst keeping people safe we can also encourage positive risk taking and confidence building approaches to supporting those with additional needs.”
He added: “The people we support are using the technology in the manner that suits them and this was very pleasing for us to see, that the product can be utilised in the appropriate manner by people themselves, organically.
“For the people we support we are looking at increasing independence, confidence and life-skills to the point the person can move on to more independent living.
“These tools ensure that people can access the community and be confident of contacting support if they become uncomfortable or encounter a problem, whilst family and staff have the peace of mind.
“This also means, from a service provider’s perspective, that we can focus resources on progressive and developmental aspects of the job, rather than providing a ‘just-in-case’ service.”