Jill Foster has lived in her much-loved, three-level Sydney home for 20 years and despite having Parkinson’s disease has no plans to leave. Helping the retired nurse to remain where she wants to be are a suite of discrete technologies that watch over her, especially around the flights of stairs.

“I had been a bit concerned that if I did happen to have a fall, how would anyone know?”

In October, Jill, 77, had the HomeStay system fitted in her house as part of a study.

“Since having this system installed I’m much happier and more confident that if something did happen to me, someone would find me and I wouldn’t be left lying in pain for days.”

Describing the system as “absolutely amazing”, Jill, whose sons live in Boston, Melbourne and Sydney and can’t always be around, said despite the scale of her home and the challenging layout, the technologies provide astonishing coverage.

“Everywhere I could fall, everywhere I could go, every corner of the house is covered.

“It’s amazing, you just wouldn’t believe the areas, even the garage.”

Jill is well-aware of the terrible outcomes that can occur if people fall and are not found promptly, but the system has given her peace of mind.

“Especially with the stairs, even though I am extremely careful, there was always that fear. That’s gone now.”

Technology for older people has advanced far beyond panic buttons, and now HomeStay’s smart homes are using apps, mobile tablets, home assistants like Alexa, artificial intelligence, and bed, door and window sensors to help seniors remain independent.

Driven by AI, machine learning and predictive analytics, the tech turns data into alerts that can be sent to family, friends and caregivers. The technologies can detect anomalies in residents’ data and provide early warning signals for preventable or immediately treatable incidents in what is a significant advance on how in-home care is delivered today.

So relaxed is Jill since her system was installed, she’s even received an unexpected benefit – she is sleeping better.

“I wouldn’t be without it.”

During the December storms in Sydney, the system also showed its value when the power and phone signals went out in Jill’s street and HomeStay’s technologies alerted the call centre, which reached out to Jill’s contact person “numerous times” to check on her welfare.

“That certainly does give me peace of mind, especially when it’s been tested in a situation like that.”

Find more information on HomeStay’s Caring Intelligent Home technology here.