Gran plan: how bots and gizmos will keep seniors out of care

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Gran plan: how bots and gizmos will keep seniors out of care

Family experience is inspiring technology that helps the elderly live independently for longer

Natasha Bernal

It’s a daughter’s worst nightmare. Liz Maykels, 67, was in shock when she discovered that a group of strangers were in her elderly mother’s flat, where she lives alone, in the early hours of the morning.

Rica, 92, has dementia and lives a 40-minute drive away – an impossible distance in an emergency. That’s why for the past two years Liz has relied on sensors fitted around her mother’s flat that alert her if she has fallen down, stopped moving or walks around during the night. It was these sensors that raised the alarm and allowed her to see the activity in her mother’s flat.

After a quick phone call Liz discovered that a neighbour upstairs had accidentally left a tap on, causing a flood that brought the fire brigade. Thanks to the technology, Rica’s carer was already on her way. “It is huge peace of mind,” she says...

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