Technology becomes an ally in the care of the elderly

Every day more, modern equipment has been used to monitor older adults, especially when they live alone. The devices work together and meet the different needs of users.

Discreetly covered by a scarf, a technological necklace is part of the 77-year-old Marly Gonçalves costume. A month ago, the retired woman from Porto Alegre, Brazil, carried a button device around her neck. When pressed, the appliance activates a central station that talks to the older woman and, if necessary, connect with family members or requests medical help.

“I had a fixed button at home to ask for help, but I wanted a mobile device. Carrying one of these makes me safer, I only leave it to charge the battery when I go to sleep,” says the retired lady.

One of the main problems with the elderly is falling. According to the Brazilian Society of Integrated Trauma Care, every second at least one senior suffers a fall in the world. The ever-growing monitoring systems are designed to help the elderly, so monitoring falls, is one of their biggest goals.

It is possible to have digital monitoring services from R $ 200 per month in the market. “The cost-effectiveness compared to a personal caregiver or a geriatric nursing home is excellent. It is a worldwide trend. People want to grow old and stay in their homes, and technology allows it,” says Gilson Esteves, CEO of Tecnosenior, one of the companies operating in the segment in the country.

The equipment options provided by the company, which has been in existence for seven years, meet different needs, and all can connect to a monitoring service called Vidafone

Fixed devices for use at home, are connected to an electrical outlet and the landline telephone, the device makes a call to the monitoring center to report emergencies. The user can ask for help by pressing the button that can be worn by the elderly in two versions: bracelet or necklace. Other sensors can transmit to the base, such as motion, smoke, carbon dioxide, and even door and window opening sensors. Alerts from the sensors are passed to the central, which deals with the situations in a previously defined protocol. You can also connect the device to a medicine dispenser. With the action of both, the system warns when the elderly need to take a specific medication.

The mobile devices use a cellular line. In addition to the emergency button, are also equipped with GPS, which transmit the user’s position. Medication warning and fall detection are other features available.