Numerous research reports have highlighted the importance of physical activity and social connectivity for healthy aging. Vericare monitors daily living activity (DLA) data to calculate an ACE (Activity and Social Connection and Engagement) Index which is a measure of physical activity and social connectivity. Residents at PARC Retirement Living (PARC) who are piloting Toch Tech’s Vericare platform feel the ACE Index is a helpful and quick way to understand how they are doing. According to Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech, “While one can assume the higher the ACE Index the healthier the senior, what is of greater importance is the trend. What we don’t want to see is a big decrease in the level of activity or social connectedness, leading to a significant drop in their ACE Index. This should be a warning that there may be a health issue or situation that needs attention”.
The feedback from residents of the Tochtech-PARC Retirement Living (PARC) Vericare pilot program have been overwhelmingly positive. Rather than feeling intruded upon, participants felt cared for. In the case of one participant the system alerted staff when she failed to get out of bed at her typical awake time and so they checked on her. When interviewed, the participant said “I am beyond thrilled at how the sensors are working. Fortunately, I just slept in that day, but I am really appreciative that they checked-in on me”. Another participant when reviewing his data said, “I did not realize I was so habitual, and I am happy to see that I sleep well and am socially engaged. I would like my son to have access to my data. He and is family are so busy, it will help them know I am ok”.
Tochtech Technologies and PARC Retirement Living (PARC) have embarked on a one-year pilot program of Tochtech’s Vericare platform, a non-invasive, sensor-based monitoring system. Both Tochtech and PARC Retirement Living (PARC) believe that sensor technology can play an important role in helping PARC better serve their residents by providing trend and predictive information on seniors’ daily living activity (DLA) and alerts in case of an emergency. Already early feedback and results show that the weekly and analysis reports and the ACE Index (Activity and Social Connection & Engagement) are useful to caregivers, doctors and seniors themselves. Feedback from resident participants highlight that the info keeps them and their families updated on their health and can offer their doctor valuable information when treating them.