Startup to trial new senior homecare models to facilitate ‘aging in place’, with support from ENCQOR; a Government of Canada 5G initiative
TORONTO, ONTARIO, October 17, 2019: LocateMotion has been selected by ENCQOR, a Government of Canada 5G Program, for implementation and testing of 5G use-cases for its pioneering IOT and AI SaaS solution for the senior homecare space.
LocateMotion, with support from ENCQOR partners including Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), MaRS Discovery District, Ericsson, and Ciena, is working on the next 5G-ready version of its solution, to ensure that the provision of care is faster, predictive, and effective for seniors who would like to age in place (at home).
“The Silver Tsunami is upon us. As per the US Census Bureau, by 2030, every fifth American will be a senior citizen. As per StatsCanada, every fifth Canadian will be a senior citizen even earlier, by 2024. As our baby boomer population ages, there is an urgent need to reevaluate the current approach towards senior care, to help relieve the strain on healthcare facilities and respond to increasing demand-supply gaps,” said Aamir Sardar, Managing Partner at LocateMotion.
“As per Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), the rising demand for care will lead to a major shortfall of nurses and caregivers. There will be estimated 7.8 million unfilled jobs by 2026. LocateMotion’s assisted ambient living (AAL) solution aims to mitigate this issue, leveraging technology to provide a 24/7 safety net for seniors, enabling them to continue living independently in their homes,” added Aamir.
The LocateMotion solution analyzes information provided by wearables, smart phones, WIFI and geo-data, to provide a comprehensive talk-track-care solution for seniors. Its built-in algorithm tracks health and activity trends as well as patterns in movement to reduce chances of emergencies such as wandering and falls, while automating routine daily support tasks such as medication reminders. Determining the severity of each care incident, it facilitates automated or human ‘smart-responses’, improving operational efficiencies for homecare providers while providing peace of mind to seniors and their caregivers. The solution also aims to integrate an element of community engagement to further enhance the care circle for the seniors living in the community.
“With 5G networks on the horizon and Internet of Things (IoT) becoming a reality, the home healthcare industry can truly benefit from lower latency and faster connectivity. A scalable, customizable solution that comprises of an Open APIs, device & network agnostic platform, dedicated app, and remote monitoring devices; will enable senior homecare providers to improve escalation management, plan for expected future caregiver shortages with effective business intelligence tool, reduce costs and provide timely care to seniors so that they can age in place and provide peace, dignity and independence,” said Nauman Jaffar, Founder of LocateMotion.
“While the primary objective is to predict, monitor and prevent wandering and falls with our tailor made AI algorithm in a non-intrusive manner, we are working on including other features in our solution which will eventually enable management of chronic medical issues, provide 24/7 access to doctors via chat or clinician nurse and connect seniors to on-demand 24/7 concierge services all through one platform,” added Nauman.
In addition to ENCQOR, LocateMotion has already received support from other leading institutions including SmartStart Seed Fund program funded by Govt of Ontario via OCE, NSERC, IRAP (Industrial Research program) and AGE-WELL in collaboration with Ryerson University and the Govt of Canada to address this challenge.
LocateMotion is currently testing the solution and is in discussions for pilot programs in Canada and US. The solution will be available for commercial use in Q4 2019.