Ottawa – Best Buy Health and AGE-WELL is partnering with the Bruyère Research Institute and Carleton University to conduct new research that will help older people continue to live independently and reassure their families and caregivers.
Researchers at Carleton and Bruyère explore Best Buy Health’s home sensor-based smart technology to monitor different aspects of elderly safety and well-being with financial and technical contributions from Best Buy Health and AGE-WELL. doing. The system can detect daily functional changes and alert remote caregivers that they are out of normal activity.
“Our aim is to enable Canadians to age in place with dignity and independence,” said Dr. Frank Nofell, co-principal researcher and physician at Bruyeres. “This technology helps caregivers identify functional changes early and allows caregivers to intervene and delay institutionalization. Aging in place is a preferred option, especially in the post-COVID era. is.”
Given the importance of sleep in the health of the elderly, the first task focused on the bed pressure sensor mat, which is placed between the mattress and the box spring. Information about sleep time and frequency of getting out of bed is evaluated and the results can be viewed remotely by caregivers and family members.
The next phase of the study will focus on a complete home surveillance system. The research team will study how multiroom activities can help caregivers identify changes that require intervention. The team’s challenge is to transform sensor data into health-related information that can provide real-time notification of care needs.
With COVID safety in mind, research is being conducted in the smart apartments of Elisabeth-Bruyère Hospital and at the researchers’ homes. The next steps include testing the system at Carleton University and Ottawa volunteer seniors’ homes. This partnership represents an opportunity to leverage innovations that ultimately support the quality of life of older people.
“Best Buy Health is constantly looking for new ways to enrich people’s lives through technology,” explains Sara Aghvami, director of Best Buy Health (pictured). “Our Assured Living system was developed with that in mind and is the ideal health monitoring system for this study. It’s a practical partnership with SAM3 that has a direct impact on Canadians. We are pleased to be able to support your research and solutions. “
This study will be conducted as part of SAM3 (sensors and analytics for monitoring mobility and memory). The SAM3 National Innovation Hub is a collaboration between the Bruyère Research Institute and Carleton University in partnership with the AGE-WELL Network Centers of Excellence. The long-term focus of the project is to work with industry, clinical and academic partners, and the elderly and their families to develop technology-based solutions for aging.
“The strength of this partnership lies in the diversity of expertise within the team and the coordination of values between partner institutions,” said Rafik Goubran, Co-Research and Vice President of Carleton College. .. “Thanks to BestBuy Health, AGE-WELL, and Bruyère for sharing industry expertise, community-based insights, and clinical expertise to create their own team to tackle this complex issue. To do.”
Best Buy and Bruyère partner for aging in place
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