Seniors are increasingly expressing the desire to “age in place.” In fact, 87 percent of adults over the age of 65 want to remain in their current homes and communities as they age, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. However, many of these same people also face new, age-related challenges pertaining to caring for themselves while living alone.
Enter Silver Mother Smart Sensors
This in-home “smart sensor” enables seniors to continue to live healthy, independent lives while simultaneously providing critical peace of mind to the people who love them.
The Origins of Silver Mother
The latest offering from smart system innovator Sen.se, Silver Mother was a response to company founder Rafi Haladjian's personal experiences following the death of his father. With his mother left alone in her home, Haladjian and his sister found themselves struggling to keep up with all of her needs — particularly her medication.
“When we looked at my mother's pillbox we realized that she often forgot to take prescription drugs that were critical for her health. So, I thought that I could make a sensor that could make sure that she always takes her pills on time and call her automatically if she didn't. My mother was absolutely non-tech savvy so I needed to do something very very simple that acted as if it wasn't there and used objects she was already familiar with.”- Rafi Haladjian
But that was only the beginning. Haladjian realized that medication management was just one of many ways in which sensors could be used to improve and enhance the lives of seniors. And so Silver Mother was born.
The Benefits of Silver Mother
This easy-to-install, life-monitoring solution offers remote monitoring across a number of different aspects of senior living. When utilized as a pill management system, for example, Silver Mother detects when a pill is taken and/or if it is missed. It automatically sends reminder calls to the user as well as smartphone notifications to family members and caregivers if a dose is missed.
In addition to medication reminders, Silver Mother can be customized to meet a number of other health and lifestyle needs including:
- Daily activity monitoring through sensors placed on the television remote, refrigerator door, and/or coffee machine to record and report on living patterns while also revealing if a particular activity is missed.
- Hydration measurement, including the ability to check water drinking habits and prevent dehydration, through a sensor placed on drinking bottles.
- Sleep tracking, including observations about sleep quality, potential sleep disorders, and other health issues, through a sensor placed on the mattress.
- Mobility alerts, including tracking and dementia wandering prevention, through a sensor places on the front door which not only helps track arrivals and departures but also alerts family members and caregivers if their aging loved one leaves his/her home.
- Temperature monitoring through sensors placed around the house which record the temperature while tracking trends to make senior homes are both comfortable and energy efficient.
In our home lab, we utilized the Silver Mother to track sleep patterns, daily activity, home monitoring (by attaching a cookie to the front door) and medications. Every aspect worked well, from the notifications to the smartphone app and weekly reports we received. If you purchased these individual products separately, you would spend much more money and have to manage them all separately. The Silver Mother simplifies our home monitoring, plus it saves us time and money. I love how we can easily modify what the cookies are used for as our needs change- Amie Clark
One of the most amazing things about Silver Mother is not just that it monitors senior behaviors in real-time, but also that this data can be aggregated into key takeaways for members of the healthcare team — from caregivers to physicians — in order to protect and promote senior safety and health.
Other benefits of the Silver Mother? Non-tech-savvy users will have no problems using this device, which simply involved plugging a “mother” hub into your router, which then pairs with the sensors (AKA cookies) and commences the monitoring.
For people concerned about discretion, Silver Mother sensors are small, quiet and unobtrusive. Silver Mother is also compatible with NEST and IFFT resulting in seamless integration and connectivity.
How much does Silver Mother cost?
Keep in mind that Silver Mother isn't free. Its flat-rate price of $299, ($294.75 from Amazon Prime) includes the hub and four sensors but requires no monthly subscription fee or add-on prices. In other words, once you buy the device, it's yours to use and adapt forever. In fact, the only other dime you'll spend on Silver Mother is in replacement batteries — which last between four and 12 months.
The verdict on Silver Mother? Just under $300 is a small price to pay for this visionary device — not only in terms of the value it provides in safeguarding seniors but also in delivering peace of mind for the people who love them.