Technology to help senior Australians live at home longer


A trial of a new high-tech movement monitoring system designed to help senior Australians live safely in their own homes for longer will begin in the new year.

The federal government has invested $260,000 in the system, which allows early detection and intervention should safety issues arise for older people living at home.

Federal Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said the Monitoring Data Response Solution (MDRS) was Australian innovation at its best.

“It enables remote monitoring and tracking of an aged care recipient’s daily routine, to help prevent misadventure or possible deterioration in their wellbeing,” Mr Wyatt said.

“A nominated individual, such as a family member, will receive notifications when the care recipient’s behaviour deviates from their regular routine.

“The government is committed to meeting the wishes of senior Australians, the majority of whom want more help to live at home.

“While there will never be a substitute for the value of personal visits and community connections in supporting our senior Australians, leading edge technology like this has great potential to improve independence and support sustainable home aged care.”

Mr Wyatt said Ericom would partner with a number of residential aged care services to trial the system in the homes of 50 senior Australians from January to December 2019.

The University of Wollongong would evaluate the trial, with the final report to be publicly available to share the potential benefits of the technology across the aged care sector.

The $260,000 was made available through the $34 million Dementia and Aged Care Services fund, which supported innovative projects to improve seniors’ quality of life and the government’s aged care reform agenda.


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