Core recipients are all aware of their need to prevent fall, turn-off the stove, turn-off the faucet because the equate of falls and not being able to monitor daily living activity as loss of independence.
Core recipients aspire to an empowerment approach rather than monitoring; preventive over crisis management.
Core recipients wants solutions to integrate seamlessly with their daily living and provide caregivers an un-obstructive way to stay informed about their loved one’s health and home activity.
A life without fear of loss of independence alleviates the anxiety needing to up root from home. How might we enable older adults the best possible life by providing them an opportunity to stay in their own home safely?
For caregivers and their loved ones alike, safety equals peace-of-mind from falls or utilities open, such as open burner or gas leakage or faucet running.
Current solutions focus on detection and monitoring rather than prevention, and signal that the worst has just happened rather than helping. Any wearable safety solution needs to break the stereotype that this is a device for “feeble old people”. Design for multipurpose and ageless.
Take a universal design approach, ie… design products/services that are easy and seamless to use for all people (not just older adults, but also middle age people. This ensures usability by all.
Create a Safe Living Environment focusing on:
- Fall prevention and emergency response
- Monitoring individual daily living activities to ensure safety
The and kitchen and bathrooms tend to be the place can create hazards for older adults, particularly in remembering to turn off appliances and running water:
- Detect status of potentially dangerous appliances including stove and oven burners, gas, and running faucets