The Atlantic recently published an article about sensors cropping up in senior living communities. Some companies are installing motion and humidity sensors to monitor residents’ health. These sensors can help residents and staff detect health threats early on and nip them in the bud, save money on medical costs and help seniors feel safer.
One company worked with the University of Minnesota to test the practicality of monitoring tools. They recruited 1,600 seniors in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa to test the impact monitoring tools would have on cost, quality of care and senior independence. They have been collecting data at 40 assisted living facilities since January 2011, and will continue its research through June of this year.