Value of Smarturns, a kitchen safety product further confirmed by Home-Fire Studies

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SmarturnsTM, is a first in-class kitchen safety product directly addresses the leading cause of home fires. Studies done by the public safety division of Alberta Municipal Affairs on the home-fire statistics in Canada have yielded important results. Highlights of these findings include:

  • The age group that holds the highest risk of dying in a home fire are those 75 and older
  • Cooking is the leading cause of in-home fires
  • The kitchen is the most common area of origin for in-home fires

In the US, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that people over the age of 65 have a 2.5 times greater risk of dying in a kitchen fire than the general population. According to FEMA, cooking is one of the leading causes of fire in the home, accounting for thousands of injuries, death and significant property damage. As the generation on boomers age, kitchen safety will only become a greater concern.

These staggering, yet unsurprising statistics reinforce popular belief about home fires being more prevalent in the kitchen and risks of a fire increase as we age. Caregivers surveyed by Tochtech informed us that the risk of a kitchen fire from an unattended stove is a main driver for a senior moving to an assisted living facility.

Recognizing this problem, Tochtech developed SmarturnsTM, which solves stovetop kitchen fires by transforming any stove into a smart stove. To read more about SmarturnsTM and to see how Tochtech is making a difference, visit: http://www.tochtech.com/smarturns-cooking-safety/

Voice integration, making technology more senior-friendly

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The use of smart technology is known to have grown substantially within recent years, and seniors and their caregivers certainly haven’t missed this wave of innovation. Specifically, the benefits and potential of voice-integrated technology have become apparent in the senior population, as research has shown. Both caregivers and seniors stand to gain from these devices as they can help with remote monitoring, provide effective alert and reminder systems and even combat isolation through interactivity.

While there are some challenges with currently available systems, such as understanding colloquialisms and accents, or the lack of accommodation for seniors with hearing loss, the industry is still very young and has seemingly boundless potential in making technology senior-friendly.

At Tochtech, we are also exploring voice-integrated technology to help better serve our customers and make a positive impact in helping them age in place. “We see a voice interface playing an important role as it is a much more natural way of engaging with technology. We are exploring ways to help us fulfill our mission of enabling a future where seniors can live independently while feeling safe, care for and connected for as long as they choose to” said Jessica Yang, CEO Tochtech Technologies.

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”.