In response to reports that frail and elderly people are still subject to ‘flying visits’ as a result of increasing pressure on social care services, Footprint Solutions has launched a new application that delivers discreet and effective remote monitoring of well-being.
Footprint said that ihome247 would transform the way in which relatives and care workers monitor the well-being of residents by installing and monitoring devices to track appliance, electricity and water usage. The application plots trend graphs based on general patterns to identify regular appliance usage, such as when a kettle is turned on. If a user hasn’t made their morning cup of tea, switched on the lights or flushed the loo, an alert will be raised on the app and an SMS sent to a nominated contact.
John Sant, CEO, Footprint Solutions, said, “ihome247 was born out of the need to modernise out-dated telecare services. The volume of unnecessary home calls is causing a huge strain on local support services. Users find telecare services to be invasive and unwelcome, and many are relieved when we throw the switch in favour of ihome247.”
The ihome247 devices only take an hour to install and include a diverse range of monitoring aids such as motion sensors, intelligent sockets, panic buttons and door-entry keypads. The overall solution, including hardware, installation and support, is covered by a single monthly subscription rather than high upfront costs.
Peter Fitzhenry, CEO, Housing Support Pro, said, “We have adopted ihome247 as our standard assisted-living solution. The early indications from our customers who are piloting the solution is that it modernises out-dated telecare services while providing more accurate and valued feedback throughout the day, rather than checking on the vulnerable once or twice a day.”