Giving Back Dignity with IoT
There are currently 80 million Baby Boomers(50 to 70 years old) in North America, and this number is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 51% of those aged over 65 suffer from some sort of incontinence. Not being able to control your bodily functions can steal a person’s dignity and sense of self-worth. Moreover, elderly people who experience incontinence often cost taxpayers and insurance companies billions of dollars, due to the high level of attention they require and complications such as skin infections. Incontinence can also destroy sleep quality and consequently the sufferer’s general well-being.
The Canadian company, Senassure, was started after the companies founders observed the problems with the existing methods of dealing with incontinence.The Senassure story is quite remarkable. The team was founded by six-20-year olds who lived in a nursing home for the elderly for one year, in order to understand the pain points that they residents had in relation to incontinence. They were so dedicated, that they spent the whole time sleeping in the conference room of the facility
They found that one of the biggest problems raised by nursing homes or with caregivers, in general, is that dementia sufferers are not able to communicate that they have soiled themselves. In response, they created a disposable, moisture-sensing pad that can be placed on the outside of any adult brief. The device communicates with a smartphone or tablet when the underwear becomes wet. Caregivers in nursing homes are then able to monitor the status of every resident under their care, through the use of their mobile device. They are thus able to provide tailored and immediate care to all of the residents suffering from incontinence.
- Moisture-Sensing Pad: this pad contains a moisture sensor and is placed on the outside of any pair of adult underwear. It detects when the wearer has soiled himself.
- Wi-Fi Module: allows the device to connect to a nearby mobile device.
- Washable Sleeve: this holds the moisture-sensing pad and is soft, comfortable, and easy to wash.
- Connected Mobile App: allows caregivers to keep tabs on the moisture levels of resident’s underwear.
After testing the device extensively in three care homes, the team found that 73% less time was spent wet briefs for the residents being tested. Moreover, there was an 81% reduction in the interruptions to sleep that were previously caused by the residents wetting themselves.
The team wants to offer the device as a full system to care homes, at a cost of $1 per patient per day. In further versions of the device, they plan to add turn monitoring (for bedsore protection), fall detection, and also utilize the big data collected in order to predict when incidents will happen.
Build Your Own With HWTrek Experts
Looking to create a healthcare or an eldercare device? We recommend you get in touch with the following experts on the HWTrek Platform:
Moisture Sensor Experts
|Maxense‘s series of sensors have a range of capabilities, including moisture, PM2.5, humidity, temperature, VOCs, light, noise, and CO2.|
|Winsen Electronics Technology can provide PIR sensors, flow sensors, humidity sensors and moisture sensors for your project.|
|MXCHIP focus on short distance wireless network products and technology development and promotion.|
|Ingics Technology are devoted to embedded connectivity. Contact them for WiFi or beacon solutions for your project.|
Smart Diaper Solution
|Mommy Knows are leaders in the smart diaper industry. They can offer full smart diaper solutions, as well as fecal monitors.|