How is HomeEXCEPT different from a wearable medical alert?
Commonly referred to as a medical alert, the PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) has been around since 1975. In most cases it was a button the user wore on a lanyard around their neck. The famous “I've fallen and I can't get up” line from the 1980 LifeCall commercial became part of pop culture. Forty years later the technology is still around. It has been improved. The addition of GPS and cellular connectivity. A sensor for fall detection.
Despite improvements there are shortcomings. First, it has to be worn. If it’s hanging around the bedpost then it can’t help someone in the bathroom. Second, it is reactive. Either the user must push the button or a real fall has to trigger the device.
HomeEXCEPT doesn’t have to be worn and is proactive. Sensors are placed around the home instead of on the person. The user does not have to do anything other than go about their daily routines. Caregivers receive updates on activity and alerts.
The goal is to prevent an emergency. This is achieved by learning the patterns for the user's activities of daily living. These include mobility, assists, medication, sleep, cooking, toileting etc. The patterns and changes indicate when a proactive response is required.
Take medication usage as an example. Mom is supposed to take her medications at 8am, 12pm, 4pm and 8pm. A sensor is placed in the drawer where her medication is stored. If she doesn’t open the drawer and misses a dose then you will be notified. If she takes the 12pm medication and then opens the drawer again at 1pm there is a risk she forgot the medication was already taken. If it is blood pressure medication then she might get light headed and fall. The caregiver has an opportunity to learn about potential risks before they become a serious problem.
You won’t get these types of insights from a PER device. HomeEXCEPT gives you the information you need to make the changes required to prevent an emergency.