Currentcare, in partnership with IT technology partner, IBM have designed an all encompassing, very low cost, Telecare and Energy Monitoring System, creating a revolution in Telecare for the Assisted Living and Dementia markets. With an ageing population and limited spaces at care homes, the ideal solution of assisted living, requires a total home monitoring system. Rules and alerts are simply configured to send email or text for unusual or even to confirm expected activity.
We offer a number of different monitoring options, that can be used within our Telecare system, to help you analyze a range of parameters, and easily identify any abnormal activity, that often indicates the well-being of an individual. With such a wide range of sensors available, you can tailor the system precisely to your needs. Below are some of the main options you can choose from. If you require any further information, please contact one of our sales team for further assistance.
This is our entry level wireless gateway device, which is responsible for sending data received from telecare sensors, to our web page portal. Being C2 enabled, means it is compatible with all of our products, allowing for a quick and seamless set-up.
We can provide a range of sensors that can easily detect if the occupant is in the property or has vacated it temporarily. Alerts can be set-up within the system, for example if the occupant has not returned by a given time, or vacates the property at an unusual hour. In the case of those suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer's disease, this can be especially relevant, where the individual may often exhibit confused behaviour.
Temperature can have a marked effect on the well-being of an older person. Our system can alert the carer/administrator if the temperature falls below or rises above safe levels, allowing for an immediate response. In addition, we can also offer remote thermostat control, allowing the administrator to carefully regulate the temperature of the property, in instances where the occupant is unable to reliably do so.
Carbon monoxide poisoning or smoke inhalation can be life threatening if the presence of fumes is not detected immediately. Our detectors can alert the system administrator, the minute any fumes are detected, thereby preventing the situation from escalating & ensuring the occupant can be evacuated from the property, before they succumb to any ill-effects.
People are creatures of habit and if there is one aspect of our lives where this is amptly demonstrated, it is in answering the call of nature. Most people as they age develop a regular routine. This allows our Telecare system to alert the administrator of any breaks in this pattern. Such abnormal behaviour, may well be an indicator that something more serious has occurred, in that the occupant is unwell, has been injured or has lost consciousness.
Everyone is forgetful at some point in their lives. As we age this becomes increasingly evident, more so in those with the onset of Dementia. Our security monitors can alert the system, if for example a door or a window has been left unlocked, which might compromise the security of the property and safety of the occupant. For additional security, we can also integrate CCTV, to monitor any exterior points of entry/exit.
Energy levels & current consumption are always important considerations. Our Telecare system can monitor a property and alert the administrator of excessive usage, particularly appliances that draw a high current. The system can be further developed to enable remote switching, preventing wasteful consumption, for example if a light has been mistakenly left on in an unoccupied part of the property.
For individuals on medication, often where several ailments are being treated for, the number of medicines that must be taken on a daily basis can be bewildering and difficult to regulate properly. The Telecare system can provide a medicine timer facility, where the individual is given a reminder as to when to take their next prescribed dosage.
In instances where a high volume of water is being used over a given period, this could indicate a potential water leak or a tap left on unintentionally, which could lead to flooding. Our range of sensors will alert the administrator, as soon as such a scenario develops, preventing damage to the property and costly repairs.
Depending on your requirements, we can also offer a number of additional features. Meter Readings (Gas, Electric or Water), Weather Forecasting, Timed Lighting, Memory Assistance, News and Video Calling. Please call us for further information.
Our Telecare system can be configured to suit any requirement, using a number of optional sensors as described above. Below is a typical layout, showing how each sensor is integrated into the property and its role. As information is passed back to the CAD or hub unit, any data that falls outside of normal parameters, is easily interpreted from the activity charts that are portrayed on the screen. These charts can also be viewed using a PC or smart device, and any alerts can be sent to the carer/relative by SMS or email, allowing for a real-time monitoring solution. An example for Dementia sufferers is a door opening late at night, which would instantly trigger an SMS message to the carer/relative.
Being able to access sensor data from a Telecare equipped property is made possible using our dedicated web page portal, which we have termed as the "Dashboard". This portal is compatible with all major browsers (such as Chrome, IE, Firefox, Safari & Opera) and is optimized to run on a variety of devices, including tablets & smartphones meaning you can access your data and activity charts, wherever you are. To login to this service, create a new user account or view the demo, simply click on the button below.
CurrentCare (http://currentcare.uk.com) is a recent venture by successful UK energy monitoring company CurrentCost (http://currentcost.com). Following on from successful energy behaviour monitoring projects such as Chale Project (http://chalecommunityproject.org), which aimed to reduce Energy Poverty in Social Housing on the Isle of WIght in the UK, CurrentCost realised that their energy monitoring product family could be enhanced, with additional sensors, to provide a solution for "Ambient Assisted Living".
The CurrentCare solution, in partnership with IT technology partner IBM, is aimed at passive monitoring of elderly and vulnerable people in their homes, to alert carers and family members when something "unusual" is happening. For example, if John's ageing mother hasn't made a cup of tea by 10am, that's quite unusual, so John receives an SMS message to tell him that Mum might not be up and about yet. For wardens in Sheltered Housing accommodation, insight into which residents may not be going about their normal daily routine would help prioritise their visits during the day.
CurrentCare and IBM technology provides active monitoring of at-risk patients in their homes, to enable a higher quality of care to be delivered by a relatively small number of carers, clinicians and support staff. This is achieved by automated computer-based monitoring of daily behaviour patterns to gain valuable insights into patients' wellbeing, to provide timely alerting to more urgent problems, and, in combination with data from biomedical sensors, to gain deeper insights into their state of health, which can be correlated against diagnoses and clinical data to assist clinicians in their primary care responsibilities.
The CurrentCare solution uses a set of low-cost sensors including: energy usage monitors on key appliances such as the kettle, door open/close sensors, temperature monitors, room-level motion detectors, pressure mats in or near the bed, and a toilet flush sensor. These sensors come as an affordable, easy to install, package of equipment, which is fitted and individually configured in the patient's home for their particular needs. Date is sent from the home over broadband (or GSM as an option) to a cloud-based analytical system, hosted by IBM. Here, automated configurable rules are applied to the data to determine if something "unusual" is happening and in such a case, who to notify by what means, including SMS, email, Twitter, or direct notification to carer or monitoring agencies. The CurrentCare solution includes an easy-to-use in-home display, which can be used for applications such as reminders and tracking for medication, auditing visits from health professionals, and provides an interactive application platform for further innovation during the course of the project.
The IBM data analysis service is hosted in IBM's cloud data centre in the UK, and makes use of IBM's secure, scalable and reliable Internet of Things connectivity platform which collects data sent from the CurrentCare equipment in patients' homes, and then feeds the data to IBM's Bluemix application platform where the triggering rules for the sensors from each house are applied, determining what alerts are to be sent to which appropriate party. The rules are configurable, from a default base set, for each home individually. This is typically done at installation time, in line with the patient's clinical needs.
In addition to running the real-time data analysis and alerting service, IBM will process the data flowing from patients' homes and store it in suitably anonymised form in a secure data warehouse. From here, the data will be made available to Data Scientists at Lancaster University. We estimate around 50gigabytes of data will be generated from the sensors during the trial period. This facility will enable patterns in previously captured data to be explored, leading to the development, testing and refinement of new algorithms. Working collaboratively with clinicians, and combining data from different "dimensions" (sensor types), and with data streams from biomedical sensors used to make direct measurements of patient characteristics, the goal is to new rule sets for deployment into the operational system.
This will enable better interventions, fewer false positives, and more timely alerting when changes in patient well-being are identified.