PEP Pilots New Technology
PEP Housing continues to explore innovative ways to help its residents live independently with greater safety and confidence. At a conference last fall featuring innovative applications of new technology for supporting seniors, PEP Housing was chosen to pilot an exciting and affordable new product called “Live!y.” Eight PEP residents volunteered to try out the system which uses motion sensors. The tiny sensors are adhered to cabinet doors, pill dispensers and other features that are moved regularly. If no movement of that item is detected when expected, an alert is sent to a family member or caregiver’s smart phone or computer. Because the system uses cell phone technology, the senior user does not need an internet connection. An added feature of the system allows family members who may live at a distance to upload photos to be published in a personal “Livelygram” which is mailed regularly to the senior, maintaining a greater sense of connection.
PEP residents and their family members who participated in the pilot provided the developer with valuable feed-back and several decided to keep the equipment at no charge and continue subscribing to the service.