Service deliveryAdult Social CareAssisted Living solution to boost independent home living

Assisted Living solution to boost independent home living

Karantis360 Assisted Living solution will be used to support the residential care of people with physical or mental health needs of different ages

Working with IBM, Karantis360 has developed an IoT-based Assisted Living solution that will collect data on the movements and day-to-day activities of people in care.

Karantis360 has been designed to transform the delivery of care for people with physical and mental health needs. Harnessing innovative technology, it makes independent home living possible; for longer, leading to happier and healthier lives.

A mobile app provides the caregivers and family members with a complete picture. Further to this, they also receive alerts about changes in normal daily routine which could point to a potential problem. The system also aims to provide valuable insights to help service providers improve care and treatment plans.

The solution takes the consent and privacy of people in care and their loved ones. It works by collecting and analysing near-real-time data from a variety of sensors. These sensors are installed in a person’s living environment. The sensors monitor movement, temperature, humidity and other measurements – depending on individual needs.

By analysing this data, the solution can alert caregivers on suspicious incidents. These could be a fall or an accident, or leaving the house at an unusual time of day, or not sleeping at night. The solution can also identify actions like getting out of bed, using the bathroom, turning on the stove, or leaving the house.

The Karantis360 solution runs on the IBM Cloud. It uses IBM’s Watson IoT platform, Db2 on Cloud, and IBM Watson Studio for building and testing machine learning models. Sensors and wireless technology are provided by IBM business partner EnOcean.

“By working with IBM, we have been able to develop a digital solution that could completely revolutionise the way we care for our loved ones, reducing the burden of care and helping vulnerable and older people to live in their own homes for longer,” said Nick Hampson, Managing Director of Karantis360.

“With IBM’s cloud technologies, AI capabilities and innovation ecosystem, we’ve gone from concept, to service delivery, to our first clients in under 12 months. It’s been an incredible journey.”

Transforming care in the UK

With an estimated nine million people in the UK caring for their loved ones and over half of those feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility, Care Response, a domiciliary care provider in southern England, has implemented the Assisted Living solution to transform care services in the UK.

Quality Assurance Manager Paula Eagle at Care Response, comments: “Transparency, support and rapid intervention are essential for providing more independence and safety for people in care. With the Karantis360 Assisted Living system, people and their careworkers can have peace of mind that if things go wrong help can be quickly at hand.”

For Care Response, the Karantis360 mobile app has enabled its careworkers to maintain a holistic support culture. Also, access to near-real-time information helps complete person-in-care reporting more efficiently. The arrangement will significantly be reducing the amount and cost of administration.

Careworkers are able to submit reports on the go using a voice notes option. In addition, they can view and manage time sheets to accommodate the changing needs of their care clients. By sharing the information with family members, the solution provides visibility and peace of mind for family members.

Moya Brannan, Executive Architect, IBM UK and Ireland added: “The convergence of cloud, AI and mobile technologies is triggering a major shift in the way we provide care to our loved ones.

“Having real time data is at their fingertips is enabling people to make faster, more informed decisions based on real data rather than guess work. IBM is providing the technologies, expertise and scalability that Karantis360 needs to deliver on this vision.”

Every day millions of people around the world take on caring responsibility for loved ones. This can have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for the whole family if not managed correctly.

Last month, projects that support innovative uses of digital technology in the design and delivery of adult social care were set to receive £1m of funding.

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