Liberty Security

Liberty Security

April 14, 2015 13:52 ET

Liberty Launches 'InTouch' System to Allow Independent Senior Citizens to Age Safely at Home

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2015) - In Canada, the seniors' population is predicted to nearly double by 2034. This presents a significant challenge for caregivers, government agencies and numerous other stakeholders. Allowing more of our elderly to "age in place" will be key in managing this social & economic reality. An online study in Alberta showed that 90% of respondents agreed with the statement, "I want to live in my own home during my senior years."

Liberty's InTouch system utilizes intelligent sensors to passively track and learn daily living habits of seniors to provide family & caregivers in-home activity information. Family members and caregivers can review activity, such as how much time is spent in bed or in a favorite chair, how often certain doors are opening and closing, or when motion is occurring in a particular room. Based on this information, rules can be set to identify anomalies and real-time notifications sent directly to the mobile device of caregivers.

The InTouch system is also a great application for existing seniors facilities. It can provide information to families about their loved ones activities at the care facility, while providing notifications and alerts to nursing staff.

"It can be very stressful for adult children to not know how their mom or dad is doing in between visits, whether they are still at home or in a facility. I know I've been there. My mom spent almost 20 years in extended care until she passed away. The guilt can consume you. Our goal is to help families and caregivers have information at their fingertips to know how their loved ones are doing. Are they doing fine, up and about and active, or are they slowing down, getting out of bed later, wandering in the night and so on? If there are changes in activity, these could be leading indicators of deteriorating health conditions. It's not just a medical pendant, which is important when an emergency occurs - its much more. You are able to "look in" on your loved ones without actually being there. Then you can be armed with precious information for your next visit. This truly is revolutionary," says Russell Keddie, Managing Partner at Liberty.

Some examples of activities that can be monitored and notifications sent out to smart phones include:

  • Mom is still in bed and it's noon
  • Dad hasn't opened his pill box all day
  • Mom is wandering the house and it's past midnight
  • Someone entered/exited the house and it's late at night
  • The fridge hasn't been opened all day
  • There hasn't been any movement in the house for 4 hours
  • Dad has been in his favorite chair for 5 hours straight

InTouch rules and notifications can be customized to fit the patterns of a specific individual.

Brad Prince, Manager of Liberty's Seniors Care Division says, "our focus right now is to let people know that this technology exists, it's cost effective, and is ready to improve lives today." Brad went on to explain further, "the devices installed in the home are not new, but this specific application is new and exciting, so we are actively spreading the word that this is available right now."

Keddie added, "Our goal is to play an important part in reducing the institutional burden on government health services and various other for-profit and not-for-profit groups providing homes, apartments, rooms, beds, care, and hospitalization for our elderly by allowing seniors to stay home longer in a safe environment."

About Liberty

Incorporated in 2005, Liberty is based in Edmonton, Alberta and provides security, automation, video surveillance and seniors care solutions to residential, commercial and healthcare customers across Canada. We have installed over 35,000 residential and commercial systems in 8 provinces and one territory. Liberty also services over 80 Health Care facilities in Western Canada. With an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, Liberty is an Alberta Venture Magazine Fast Growth 50 and Profit 500 Fast Growth Company and an approved Home Services provider with Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (Sage).

Learn more about Liberty at http://www.libertysecurity.ca

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