According to The Australian Financial Review, an Australian start-up that seeks to keep elderly people out of hospital and in their homes living independently for longer by monitoring them remotely has raised $5 million from one of South Australia's largest aged care service providers.
Billy uses a series of discrete sensors placed around the home to build a picture of daily activities for family of the elderly residents in their own home or in an assisted-living environment. Activity information can be shared with the family via a smartphone app and can be alerted if there is a change in pattern.
It gives data in real time and looks for changes in behavioural patterns, such as skipping medication or going to the toilet more than normal patterns, which could indicate another health problem.
That technology piqued the interest of Enabling Confidence at Home (ECH), one of the largest integrated providers of retirement village accommodation in SA. The non-profits chief executive David Panter said it also had the potential to be used globally.
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