Elderly Care

Using Atamate to aid elderly and vulnerable people in their homes

Combining data and monitoring products with services control, keeping elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes.

There’s a lack of resources available to provide good quality residential or sheltered care for the elderly. Consequently, solutions need to be developed to enable people to stay in their own homes as long as possible.

Atamate is at the cutting edge of these solutions. We’re able to provide smart EcoControls putting us at the forefront of data gathering, monitoring, controlling and analysing home automation for the elderly, particularly with the use of CO2 level measurements to determine occupancy. 

Benefits of Atamate elderly care technology

Keeping people at home

Use Atamate to allow vulnerable people to remain in their familiar surroundings

Peace of mind for carers

Alerts and notifications from the Atamate system to alleviate worry and concern

Simple triage and prioritisation needs

Ensure that the right care is given at the right time

No additional installation

Simple to retrofit into an existing building and easy to extend once installed

Key Atamate controls used in smart elderly care

Peace of mind

Monitoring access into a home or room is a high priority, especially if there are potentially vulnerable residents. Atamate allows intercoms to be integrated and linked to cameras so entry can be monitored by residents or carers.

Remote access to building information is also available for carers and relatives. This includes the data from the building that monitors environmental data as well as other sensor-driven statistics such as door open sensors. Furthermore, carers and relatives can control the user interface from another location if required.

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Management in elderly care

Atamate provides a diagnostic tool that triages and prioritises residents for social care visits, interventions and emergency support. It prioritises limited resources by indicating which residents need immediate support and those whose needs are less urgent. Data could also be shared with family to enable ‘extended self-help’ where applicable.

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Independence for less able residents

Maintaining independence is important as one grows older. Atamate can be accessed from any web-enabled device and using voice control or traditional buttons or switches. It can then be used to control windows, blinds, doors or other elements in the building. Wireless intercoms can support communication with family or carers. Atamate equipment can be retrofitted into an existing building, preventing or delaying the need to move to specialist facilities.

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Comfort in elderly care

Keeping homes warm in winter can be a challenge for older people whose health is more susceptible to changes in temperature. Atamate controls heating automatically to ensure occupied rooms don’t fall below the NHS recommended 18 degrees.

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Reducing maintenance

Atamate is easy to extend. Adding other Bluetooth sensors into the system is simple to do and proves very useful as the needs of residents change over time. Bed sensors, door open switches and even fridge door sensors can be integrated too, enriching the data from the property and allowing for a more fine-tuned care. 

For developers of properties for this market, house layout design improvements can be made from the information gathered. This post-occupancy data gives accurate information about how buildings, rooms or communal areas are actually used in practice.

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How monitoring and data technology is used in elderly care

Atamate control for the independent living sector primarily depends on occupation sensors. We use both PIR (movement detection sensors) and CO2 sensors to detect occupancy. This data stream is monitored and alerts can be raised if particular conditions are met.

Alerts examples:

  • Continuous high CO2 readings at the bottom of a stairwell
  • Abnormal behaviour, for example, normally up at 07:00 and no movement detected by 08:00
  • Excessive visits to the bathroom 
  • Leaving the building at an inappropriate time

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How smart technology is used in elderly care

Society has an increasing number of elderly people (in the UK it is estimated there will be over 1 million people with Dementia by 2025). It is not possible to provide care facilities or sheltered housing for all these people, nor do many elderly people want to leave their home.

Smart technology offers a solution to this problem. It can be used to monitor the elderly, and the data (which they control) shared with family and carers, allowing the more efficient deployment of carers and interventions when necessary. Smart technology can also be used to adapt buildings and items to make them easier for the elderly to use. Examples of this could be blinds that close at the touch of a button without the need to stand up or a Bluetooth pillbox that automatically reminds one that you haven’t taken your pills. Finally, one of the biggest issues facing the elderly is loneliness and existing technology can easily allow the cheap connection to family via Skype or Hangouts.

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