Wirral's older people get smart with 'golf ball' sensors

Steve Evans with Bev Favager and Lucy Taylor of Home Instead Senior Care WirralRadio Clatterbridge listeners have heard how home care in Wirral is entering the digital age.

Home Instead Senior Care is now offering a service which monitors clients’ movements in their own homes.

Lucy Taylor and Bev Favager came down to the studio to tell Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans all about Home Aware.

The service gives them an indication of their clients’ habits and allows them to monitor their movements using sensors the size of a golf ball.

They can check if doors have been opened or kettles boiled and see if people are moving around.

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But they explained the sensors are non-invasive and don’t record video or sound.

“If somebody has dementia they may be boiling the kettle repeatedly but not making a drink. We also have a monitor on a fridge door or microwave.”

The service provides peace of mind to relatives who get notification alerts from a special app on their smartphone.

Home Instead, which doesn’t make any money from the third-party system, can act on any unusual alerts and advise if people need to increase their level of care.

“People do deteriorate as time goes on. Packages have to be reassessed every so often.”

Home Instead has become the first home care company to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for enterprise in recognition of its unique quality.

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