Fit & forget: Mission accomplished

This is a very personal post but I hope relevant.

Many moons ago I set out to create the Assure after a conversation with my mother and looking for the appropriate way to look out for her as she lived in her home by herself (with pets) and was not, as the saying goes, getting any younger.

Exploring the traditional pendant alarm approach, I found they were limited in their function and that they have impediments to being worn all the time, and apart from that people tend to not wear them. The new Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring expects certain behaviour and can report when something doesn’t happen but you may have to wait for an expected event to be missed to find out that someone needed help 12 hours before – which I didn’t think was good enough. So we set about creating the Assure, finding talented partners and investment and developing the stay-connected wristband to make sure you could have cover throughout your home and garden 24/7.

In the early hours of yesterday morning I got a call from the system saying my mother had called for help. I looked on the portal and could see that she was moving, but had definitively called for help. Though I didn’t have to look, I just wanted to double check.

I live some distance (about 3 hours drive) away and so I called an ambulance which arrived a short time later. It seemed that she had gone downstairs for a bathroom break in the middle of the night and slipped or fallen as she started up stairs back to her bedroom. She is now ensconced in the Royal Bournemouth hospital where she has been diagnosed with a broken ankle. None of us know when an emergency will occur and we were lucky that it was not a particularly cold night and that she was found quickly. But had she had any other system it could have taken hours, or she could be lying there still.

Karl

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