Who is caring for Caregivers – We Are!

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The costs of being a caregiver are well-documented, and now, more than ever, these issues are being highlighted from the significant growth in the senior population over recent years. According to Statistics Canada, 3 in 10 Canadians are family caregivers, and this responsibility takes its toll physically, psychologically and financially.

Time taken off of work by caregivers is estimated to cost upwards of $5000 to a family per year. For businesses, employees who are caregivers miss an average of 6.6 days per year, which on a larger scale can end up costing companies between $17 – $33 billion yearly from lost productivity. On top of this, on a personal level, the severe feeling of “financial strain” was also found amongst 36% of caregivers.

As caregiving for our growing senior population becomes more challenging and impacting more of us, Tochtech is working on innovative solutions to help relieve caregivers. Our products Smarturns, Vericare and Tochie focus on providing convenient, safe, and caring ways to remotely care for our seniors. We aim to keep seniors safe in their homes, while offering caregivers peace of mind. To learn more and to see what Tochtech can do for you and your loved ones, visit:

Nurse Next Door clients and their families pilot Vericare

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Tochtech Technologies and Nurse Next Door, West Vancouver, have embarked on a pilot where Nurse Next Door clients and their families are testing Tochtech’s Vericare platform. Feedback from pilot users on the non-invasive, sensor-based platform has been positive and extremely encouraging. When asked about their experience with the Vericare pilot, a family member provided the following response, “Vericare makes me feel more connected to my dad. I feel assured when I don’t have the time to be with him always.”  Family members also commented on the usefulness of Vericare reports saying “ Compared to some other care apps we had previously used, Vericare is able to show us things we did not know, which will be important for my dad’s care plan. Vericare (It) provides us assurance and peace of mind.”

While in-person care will always be needed, care providers, caregivers and seniors themselves are recognizing that technology can play an important role in helping seniors remain independent and age in the comfort of their homes. Over 90% of seniors want to stay in their own home as they age. Assistive technologies like Vericare enable seniors to remain independent and at the same time offer caregivers peace of mind.

Vericare ACE Index an effective indicator for senior’s wellbeing

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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”.

Vericare – PARC pilot receives positive feedback from pilot participants

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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”.

PARC Retirement Living (PARC) residents praise Vericare

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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.