Telecare in assisted living communities (US)

Telecare systems were introduced into assisted living facilities to improve resident safety starting about 5-6 years ago. Acceptance has taken some time–and the systems have evolved. This article from McKnights Assisted Living reviews how one of the room sensor based pioneers–GE QuietCare–is being used by staff in a Wisconsin facility to proactively ascertain behaviors, such as unusual time in the bathroom or nighttime activity, that indicate condition changes which can be resolved by added assistance. But it also profiles a new entrant, AFrame Technologies, whose wrist-worn system detects falls, monitors some vital signs and is partnered with Status Solutions [TA 2 Nov] to integrate multiple technologies. Also reviewed (unusually) is Z-Wave, a ZigBee and Bluetooth competitor. No strings attached (PDF).