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Wrapping up the Year: Expansion & Evidence

By | Sleepsense, Smarturns, Tochtech, Vericare, Voice Technology
2022 can be summed up as a year of Expansion & Evidence! Tochtech has achieved significant client acquisition partnerships with Langley Lodge, BC, Canada, Australian Unity Retirement Community in Australia, with Sleepsense deployed to over 30 seniors homes globally. We have also been working on a number of promising pilot projects in Alberta, Montreal, the UK and Asia. December also saw Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech participating in a the Asia Pacific Foundation’s 2nd Women-only Business Mission to Japan sponsored by the Government of Canada. The trip has already significantly advanced our expansion into the Japanese market.

Tochtech has expanded our business partnership through Sleepsense product integration with Point Click Care and a number of major nurse call systems. We continue to serve and connect with the seniors’ communities through our membership with BC Care Providers Association, Ontario Long Term Care Association and LeadingAge CA. In addition to market and partnership expansion the other aspect, we have been putting much focus on is, data driven evidence supporting Sleepsense. This work is being done in partnership with a number of research organizations as well as recording of positive data coming from our clients’ experience. We are excited to be sharing this data in the new year!

The following are some select 2022 highlights:

The installation of Sleepsense at Langley Lodge’s 139-bed long term care residence commenced in April and we are proud to report that residents, staff and management are thrilled with how well the system is working. The system has successfully improved quality of care and reduced falls at Langley Lodge. Resident sleep quality data is being used as feedback to adjust care plans and add interventions to address. Please check out case studies section for details. This partnership also helped us to build a practical change management process recommendation which will be important tool in supporting the smooth adoption of Sleepsense technology in care operations.
As a key technology partner to Maximus Canada’s seniors@home program, Tochtech has successfully delivered our Vericare, remote ADL monitoring system to the first 50 seniors in the Calgary area to support independent, safer and healthier living. Early results for this significant project are promising with possible plans to further build on this.

As a successful recipient of the OBIO EAHN application that provides $250k funding support, we have been working with Bruyere health organization, AGE-WELL SAM3, Carleton University and All Seniors Care to thoroughly evaluate Sleepsense i

n both laboratory and real life healthcare settings. The project will provide robust cases and scientific evidence on the benefits of Sleepsense in the areas of staff efficiency and care quality improvements. The preliminary results have been showcased by Dr. Bruce Wallace at the AGE-WELL conference in Regina.
2023 will see us build on our successes of 2022 as we continue to advance our technology to support the unique challenges the senior care industry faces. Finally, Tochech wishes all our clients, partners and supporters, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support throughout the year!!
Fire

Cooking Safety Devices Supporting Safe Cooking And Senior Independence

By | Smarturns, Tochtech

FireAccording to the American Burn Association more than 47% of fires in the home are started in the kitchen most often while cooking.  “Home Cooking Fires” a report completed for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2020 identifies that cooking caused an average of 172,900 reported home structure fires per year (49 percent of all reported home fires in the US). These fires resulted in an average of 550 civilian deaths (21 percent of all home fire deaths) and 4,820 civilian injuries (44 percent of all reported home fire injuries) annually. Additionally, the percentage of apartment fires started by cooking was nearly twice that of cooking fires in one- or two-family homes. 

Unattended cooking was by far the leading factor in cooking fires and cooking fire casualties. Abandoned or discarded material, which may have been related to unattended cooking, ranked second in the causes of cooking fires and third in cooking fire deaths and injuries. 

Fire VictimsIn another common scenario, combustible materials such as wrappers, potholders, or clothing caught fire when they were left by or came too close to hot cooking equipment.

In 2014–2018, half (49 percent) of the people who died in cooking fires were at least 55 years of age. The 55–64 age group had the largest share of home cooking fire deaths. People 85 and older have a risk of dying in a cooking fire that is 5.5 times higher than that of the overall population. NFPA’s analysis of home fire victims of all causes found that home fire victims who were 85 and older were more likely to have died in a fire caused by cooking than by any other cause. Young adults aged 20–34 were at the highest risk of non-fatal cooking injuries. This risk of greater injury or death increases with age is due to physical, visual, hearing or mental impairments that may slow in seniors impacting the quick action necessary in a fire emergency. This together with forgetfulness and early stage dementia which seniors often suffer from, result in significantly increasing the risks of death and critical injury of seniors when cooking.

However, cooking is an important aspect of life and an activity that is enjoyed by many seniors. Cooking may be one of the last activities seniors enjoy. You may now be asking, ‘is there a smart cooking device that could benefit my elderly loved ones, without a huge investment?” Recognizing this problem, Tochtech developed SmarturnsTM, which solves stovetop kitchen fires by transforming any stove into a smart stove. A first-in-class stove safety product Smarturns alerts a stove user and caregivers when a stove is on and unattended. Smarturns works on gas and electric stoves and supports 98% of stove models in the market. A cost-effective solution, that is simple to install, Smarturns’ intelligent stove knobs and motion sensor can detect when the stove is on and unattended. With Smarturns installed, the older adult will be reminded through a local alarm that the stove is on and unattended, and a caregiver can also be notified via text. These two layers of safety ensure a fire risk is avoided. To learn more about Smarturns and keeping your loved ones safe and supporting their independence please visit Tochtech Technologies website.

Tochtech makes Startup Canada Top 10 Finalist

By | Sleepsense, Smarturns, Vericare, Voice Technology

Startup CanadaStartup CanadaTochtech is excited to announce that we one of the Top 10 Finalists in Startup Canada’s Global Pitch Competition for 2022. This is an amazing achievement having competed with 100 competitive semi- finalists earlier this year for a coveted spot in the top 10.

The next stage of the competition will be the Grand Finale to held in Ottawa next week where the top 10 finalists will deliver an in-person pitch to win $30,000 (1st place), $15,000 (2nd place) and $10,000 (3rd place). We congratulate all finalists, we know how much it has taken to get here. To find out more about the finalists and Startup Canada Global Pitch Competition please click https://www.startupcan.ca/2022-startup-global-pitch-competition-finalists-special-prize-winners/

The Startup Canada Global program connects entrepreneurs like Tochtech that want to build globally competitive businesses with a network of support, resources and partners.

Wish us the best of luck in Ottawa next week.

Delegate

Jessica Yang, CEO, selected for 2022 Women-Only Business Mission to Japan

By | Sleepsense, Smarturns, Vericare, Voice Technology

DelegateTochtech is thrilled to announce that Jessica Yang, CEO at Tochtech has been selected as a delegate for the Second Canadian Women-only Business Mission to Japan, December 5-9, 2022.

Jessica YangJessica is delighted to be joining an amazing cohort of Canadian women entrepreneurs embarking on the next step in their company’s internationalization journey. “This is a great opportunity to meet and network with some inspiring women entrepreneurs and at the same time showcase our technology to the Japanese market. Tochtech products which focus on seniors and safety, is ideal for the aging Japanese population. I am humbled by this wonderful opportunity, and want to congratulate my fellow delegates” said Yang.

Jessica Yang, CEO Tochtech

With strong support from the public and private sectors, Asia Pacific Foundation (APF) Canada will lead the Second Canadian Women-only Business Mission to Japan (In-person). Under the theme Living Cleaner, Living Longer, this mission will focus on healthcare and clean technologies to spotlight the innovations Canadian women entrepreneurs bring to these sectors.

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We Need Your Vote

By | Sleepsense, Smarturns, Vericare, Voice Technology

If you have not already voted, please visit http://ow.ly/NZgI50Krp4K and vote for Tochtech Technologies. Voting closes on Wednesday Sept 21st. 

Your vote will help support Tochtech win the UPS People Prize Award @Startup Canada’s #StartupGlobal Pitch Competition 2020. This is an opportunity for us to win $5,000 and a spot in the Grand Finale where we can win from a prize pool of $75,000 to grow our business! We are thrilled to have been selected as semi-finalists.

Your support is greatly appreciated.