Brief: Passive monitoring for assisted living environments.
Passive monitoring for assisted living is important for the security of elderly and vulnerable residents. In the context of ambient assisted living (AAL), continuous monitoring is carried out while maintaining the resident’s independence. In addition to passive monitoring of windows, doors or appliances, this monitoring can also be used to monitor certain situations. Passive monitoring ensures that carers are immediately notified in the event of behaviour that is out of the ordinary, or a certain activity that has not been done by the resident.
Atypical situations could include, for example, no detection of activity in the toilet or bathroom by 10 am in case of early risers or no detection of a door opening in the morning or before bed for dog owners.
If you wish to achieve passive monitoring for assisted living environments, such as for the elderly, read on to see how this can be achieved with Loxone Config and Loxone Hardware.
Solution: How to commission intelligent passive monitoring for elderly or vulnerable persons.
With Loxone it is possible to monitor certain habits. For elderly people who get up early, the Motion Sensor can be used to monitor movement at a certain time in a certain room. Suppose that the resident usually gets up around 08:00, then it is useful to check the motion activity in the bathroom by 10:00. If no motion is detected by that time, then a notification will be sent to a carer. This information can then be used to check on the resident as a matter of urgency.
Window and door contacts can also be used to check certain habitual patterns. Suppose a resident has a dog that needs to be let out every morning and/or evening. In that case, a door contact on the front or back door will register its opening. If the door contact has not registered any activity before 12 noon, another signal is sent to the Miniserver which sends a message to the carer.
In the above situations, a carer is notified each time. However, it is possible that different notifications can be triggered, or that multiple people are notified simultaneously.
An extra option that can be useful is the integration of the Loxone Caller Service, this is in addition to the push notifications, whereby the carer will also receive a telephone call. Again, multiple phone numbers can be linked to an alert for specific actions.
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Why you and your customer should consider passive monitoring for assisted living
Our society is ageing and as the years go by the number of elderly is increasing. Home and building automation can contribute to help older people stay at home longer.
The aim of Ambient Assisted Living is to use intelligent solutions to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people and to enable them to live independently for as long as possible, even if they suffer from physical and/or mental disabilities. The needs and wishes of the elderly and their carers are the starting point on which certain solutions are integrated.
Research has shown that the elderly often fear the loss of their independence and privacy more than death. Unlike camera surveillance or active monitoring devices, Loxone technology passively keeps watch by monitoring habitual patterns through sensors.
Passive control is only part of the functionality offered by a Loxone system for ambient assisted living purposes. Thanks to the far-reaching automation, potential risks can be identified, visual and/or acoustic messages can be provided, fall prevention can be further developed and lifestyle monitoring can be integrated. What’s more, everything happens automatically so that the residents do not have to do a thing.