HomeStay Care is re-imagining the way care is provided to senior Australians and empowering people to continue living where they want to be – at home. To continually evolve its technologies, the digital health start-up needs the help of seniors in Sydney to test game-changing technologies as part of its ‘Inner Circle’ trial.
HomeStay’s Internet of Things platform uses sensors, apps, artificial intelligence, machine learning, home assistants and other advanced innovations to provide ongoing monitoring, real-time alerts and preventative interventions.
The system can determine when people get out of bed, open their fridge, move from room to room, leave the house, fall or remain motionless. The AI algorithm detects any change to routine and can alert family members, care givers and the 24/7 call centre.
As healthcare technology advances rapidly, the company is seeking trusted advisers to be the voices of their peers and trial a suite of technologies designed to help seniors maintain their independence.
“Empowering older people to stay in their homes for as long as possible drives our work, which is why we’re delighted to launch the new Inner Circle trial,” HomeStay’s Chief Operating Officer Amanda Sweeny said.
“Through the use of discrete technologies that monitor people’s movements and detect if their routine changes or they fall, older people and their families can gain real peace of mind.”
Trials of HomeStay technologies are currently underway in WA, NSW and Victoria, including in partnership with major aged care providers such as St John of God Healthcare. Research is also being conducted by Deakin University. The new Inner Circle trial will allow select Sydney-siders to test the HomeStay products and services and give their feedback.
“We’re now in an exciting development, scale up phase and the Inner Circle advisers will help us continue to perfect the system and tailor it to seniors’ needs,” Ms Sweeny said.
For those Sydney-based seniors who join the Inner Circle, HomeStay will install its Intelligent Home valued at $2,000 for free in their homes. The system consists of motion sensors and a clever hub that receives and interprets signals and data to ensure residents’ safety. The sensor data helps determine if their movement patterns change, if sleeping patterns are disturbed, if eating routines change and more. The secure, discrete system does not include cameras and protects their privacy.
Homestay Connect app
Keeping it simple and making it meaningful are HomeStay design principles – after all, seniors, families, and care givers don’t want ‘gadgets’. It’s why the company has developed HomeStay Connect, which aggregates its products and services into a single app. Inner Circle Advisers and their loved ones will also receive HomeStay Connect free of charge.
How Inner Circle Advisers will contribute
HomeStay wants to hear feedback on how it can develop its products and services. Discussion groups, forums and online surveys will allow advisers to share their insights. The company will also undertake application usability testing, which will allow it to remotely track how the technology is being used.
But most of all, by using their experience and knowledge, the Inner Circle Advisers will be helping in the development of real solutions that ensure older Australians can continue to live independently.
Contact HomeStay on 1300 711 979 to be considered for the Inner Circle trial.