2010 News Stories

Technology Services Presentation at Heritage Homes

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010

Residents at Heritage Homes to benefit from Department of Defense innovation

Watertown, WI–The public is invited to hear how the U.S. Department of Defense’s research and development findings will be implemented at Heritage Homes, an independent living community for active seniors. Heritage Homes will be opening a new assisted living and memory care community this November. The “Technology Like No Other” presentation will be at Heritage Homes located at 700 Welsh Road in Watertown on August 17 at 1:00 p.m. 

Heritage Homes’ new technology partner, Healthsense, Inc. been awarded numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institute of Health. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Over the years, DARPA has worked to enhance our national security by funding research and technology development that not only have improved our military capabilities but have changed the way we live. Since the very beginning, DARPA has been the place for people with innovative ideas that lead to groundbreaking discoveries.

The eNeighbor® service coming to Heritage Homes, developed by Healthsense, is one example. This service enables seniors to stay longer in their own homes or apartments. Monitoring of their well-being becomes continuous without staff intrusion, and residents’ safety and health are monitored 24/7. This is accomplished without cameras or microphones.

Wireless motion detectors quietly count and analyze movements and alert staff at Heritage Homes when problems are indicated. Other components allow vital signs and other health information (such as blood sugar levels) to be communicated via wireless network, analyzed and reported if there are problems.

The eNeighbor® technology provides WiFi emergency call buttons and/or pendants that identify the resident’s name and location to staff via cell phone.

The eNeighbor® service silently monitors daily resident routines. The monitors count daily motions throughout the home (including the bathroom, refrigerator and bed). These routines are
“learned” and updated by the system on a continuous basis. The system sends out a cell phone alert only when there are exceptions to normal daily routines (including inactivity). The eNeighbor® sensors detect falls by measuring prolonged inactivity within a resident’s apartment.

Changes in daily routines often indicate a change in health. Because eNeighbor® has “learned” the routines, it predicts early symptoms of health problems including sleep disorder, urinary tract infection, diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The eNeighbor® service can compile health data such as vital signs, blood sugar, weight and X-rays from wireless biometric (medical) devices. Automatic reports are transmitted when appropriate.

At Heritage Homes, the eNeighbor® will transmit information to staff via cell phones. The service can call or e-mail the resident’s choice of family members, friends, neighbors and/or physicians, as appropriate. The system can also call the resident with reminders, prompts or cues for health routines if needed. If the routine is missed, the system calls them again as well as informing others, as appropriate.

Plan to attend this event and learn more about this innovative technology coming to Heritage Homes to enhance people’s lives. Please call Laurie Rehm, Administrator of Heritage Homes, at (920) 206-9448 or e-mail lrehm@tlha.org if you have questions about this event or the services offered.

Tags: senior living, Heritage Homes, technology