The problem of providing care for the elderly is global. China, for example, has an aging population and a society where people tend to work a long distance away from their parents. In the UK, the number of over-65s as a proportion of the population is increasing. There is an acute shortage of carers and of money to pay for elderly care. Using technology to find solutions to growing social care challenges is vital.
2iC-Care has successfully repurposed an IOT digital interoperability solution developed by SETsquared Surrey member, 2iC Limited, which is used & proven in the battlespace environment, for use in the care sector where it provides a comprehensive monitoring solution to assist the elderly to live independently and safer for longer in their own homes.
Originally designed for use in conflict situations, the 2iC software delivers easy, fast, interconnected communications between legacy and cutting edge technology and digital interoperability. With customers including the Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense, the 2iC software has successfully overcome communication challenges in numerous settings and regions around the world.
Now adapted for use in a home setting, 2iC-Care’s software solution means that an elderly or vulnerable person’s 2iC-Care intelligent home hub or smartphone can easily and quickly communicate with their pendant alarm, fall monitor and any other telecare/telehealth device they may have. The home hub connects to monitoring centres notifying them of alarms/alerts when required but also highlights warnings when there are worrying trends or observations that indicate an issue. Family and friends in the elderly or vulnerable person’s support network can also be notified. Now everything can be connected, which has not been the case to date.
2iC-Care has harnessed this IOT technology primarily to provide a world-class remote monitoring solution for care organisations including local authorities, care homes, retirement villages and the private market.
Richard Keyse is CEO at 2iC-Care. When his mother needed help to continue to live independently and safely, he became aware of gaps in the care market and immediately saw the potential for using the 2iC technology to provide solutions.
Richard comments: “2iC-Care offers unrivalled digital interoperability by utilising our IoT software platform—including the use of devices from multiple manufacturers. Social care is a huge, growing market and the 2iC-Care solution delivers major benefits and savings for this sector which is under significant pressure. After trialling the 2iC-Care proof of concept and linking different device types, sector experts told 2iC-Care: ‘You delivered more positive change in 10 weeks than we have seen in the last few years.’”
He continues: “2iC-Care’s vision is to allow people to live independently in their own home for as long as they possibly can. The solution facilitates interoperability in the home environment, and can generate a holistic view of a person’s well-being through analysing activity and environmental and behavioural trends. There are many warning indicators that if addressed on a timely basis can prevent emergency service callouts and/or lengthy hospital visits. For example, trends such as blood pressure increasing, reductions in eating or drinking or even frequency of bathroom visits can all be better addressed with early intervention. This can prevent an individual developing a urinary tract infection or getting dehydrated, or perhaps falling and breaking a hip. This keeps the vulnerable person safer and independent and can often reduce call outs to the emergency services.
“Interoperability enables a combination of data points from different devices which provide a more accurate picture of any incident. If an elderly person wears a fall detector which is triggered, 2iC-Care can then secure data from other devices such as blood pressure and heart rate so that it’s possible to understand more about their condition remotely before responding.”
Richard concludes: “Elderly people typically want to stay in their homes and continued independence is key to enabling this. Full-time care is very expensive and often seen as a last resort. We believe the 2iC-Care solution can deliver huge benefits, not only for the elderly and their families but also for the NHS and emergency services.”
The 2iC-Care solution provides for monitoring of an almost limitless range of well-being conditions. 2iC-Care is currently talking to several organisations responsible for delivering care and getting very positive feedback