Aged care provider Enrich Living Services has begun installing smart home monitoring to 100 homes across Australia as part of a deal with in-home safety technology company HomeStay Care.
The Enrich HomeStay smart home project follows successful pilot programs over the last 12 months.
The Intelligent Home hub technology, which uses motion sensors and artificial intelligence linked to an emergency response centre, will be available to approved home care package clients in WA, NSW, ACT and Victoria.
The technology is expected to be installed in up to 1000 homes.
The system includes sensors on doors, medicine drawers, fridges and other places around the home and uses predictive analytics to monitor residents and pick up anomalies in their behaviour, such as disturbed sleep, changed eating habits or periods of inactivity.
If the Intelligent Home hub detects a potential incident it sends out alerts and emergency call button that connects to HomeStay’s 24/7 emergency response centre.
Enrich COO Luke Greive said conversations with existing clients who already had the technology had been extremely positive.
“We have already had the opportunity to see the Enrich HomeStay in action, allowing us to provide early and proactive intervention for clients in need,” he said.
The arrangement would help older people remain independent in the community, HomeStay Chairman Wayne Cahill said.
“This provides further evidence of the viability of technology based solutions to assist such important objectives for Australians in need of such community support,” he said.
Installation will take place over the next 18 months.