To be able to age healthily, older people don’t only need to know what’s best for them, but also benefit from a strong support network. At the same time, taking care of ageing relatives can be hard, especially when living far away, and professional care support is limited and expensive. Almost everyone wants to remain independent and living at home for as long as possible, but without the right support or the monetary capability, this is currently difficult to achieve.
Our solution is a digital care companion that allows older people to get insights into their wellbeing, to enable them to age more healthily. They can also share these insights with their family or carers, helping them provide the right support at the right time. Our solution is discreet by default, using consumer technology (smartphones); gives a complete picture of the person’s social, psychological, and physical wellbeing; requires no user input; and is cheap, democratising telecare.
But most importantly, we aim to create new methods for analysis of behaviour patterns, to identify early predictors of emerging physical, psychological and social well-being deterioration in older people. We do it by working with data captured from commonly used devices (such as smart watches and smart phones) and analysing it on different time scales from seconds (tremor) to days (stability of daily behaviour patterns) and months (cognitive or physical decline, social isolation).
We work closely with care organisations and older people themselves, and were recognised as one of the 50 New Radicals in 2016 by the Observer and Nesta (http://gu.com/p/4z88n/stw) and won the Innovate UK QS challenge to work on new ways of data capturing for the analysis of social isolation.