TELEpHOne Monitor for the Elderly (TELEHOME)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43AG026876-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: AG026876
Amount: $124,873.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2006-2
Small Business Information
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (434) 973-1215
Business Contact
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Project Summary/Abstract Barron Associates, Inc. proposes to develop a Telephone Monitor for the Elderly (TELEHOME), a low-profile, waist-worn, wireless personal monitor with built-in speakerphone. Functions provided by the TELEHOME system include: (1) monitoring/alerting for fall events, personal emergencies, activity/inactivity, and wandering; (2) automatic connection of mobile speakerphone to call recipient in response to an emergency event, or to calling parties for incoming telephone calls; (3) capability for family members and friends to stay abreast of in-home activity patterns of monitored individuals (e.g., track transitions through areas of the home, daily step counts, etc.) through automatically-generated telephone voice or e-mail message updates; and (4) recorded voice message delivery to mobile speakerphone to remind monitored individuals to take their medication, etc. The TELEHOME system is easy to operate, and requires no modifications to the home or involvement of a third-party monitoring company (eliminating high monthly fees). The TELEHOME system will be invaluable to informal caregivers, such as adults who have an elderly parent living alone, who want to ensure that those in their charge are up and about each day. It will also provide peace of mind to elderly persons who want to continue to live independently, but have a safety net in place. The role of informal caregivers (i.e., family, friends, and neighbors), as contrasted with formal compensated home care providers, has increased greatly over the past two decades in the U.S. due to changes in the Medicare system. One way to lessen the burden on informal providers and provide peace of mind, as well as increase quality of care and quality of life for elders, is to make available a low-cost monitoring system that would allow potential emergencies to be identified when they occur and enable family and friends to stay abreast of activity patterns of those in their charge. Commercial personal monitoring systems available today provide incomplete coverage of potential emergency events, and are too expensive.

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