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Bethanie to trial AI technology to advance health and wellbeing of aged care residents.

Bethanie to trial AI technology to advance health and wellbeing of aged care residents

New technology to be installed at Bethanie’s Aged Care Homes aims to enhance residents’ ageing experience by collecting real-time data about their health and wellbeing.

Bethanie, Western Australia’s leading aged care provider, said the feasibility trial would collect behavioural and health data via sensors installed around the home. The data will then be processed using artificial intelligence and downloaded to a dashboard to give carers a richer insight into residents’ health and wellbeing.

Bethanie Chief Executive Officer Christopher How said the technology also had the potential to allow staff to spend more time interacting with and caring for residents as it monitored and recorded their vital signs.

“The technology is exciting and a first to be deployed in residential care in Australia. We are hoping the three-month trial will allow Bethanie to deliver better health and care outcomes for residents,” Mr How said.

“Bethanie aims to positively change the way Australians experience ageing. Our investment will help us achieve this by empowering our staff with the data-driven knowledge needed to proactively care for clients with integrity, compassion, and respect.’’

Bethanie is partnering with Optus and InteliCare to undertake the feasibility trial. To collect consumer insights, motion sensors, radar sensors and fall detectors will be installed in several residences with consent from residents and their next of kin.

Trend data collected from these sensors will be displayed on InteliCare’s pro dashboard and mobile app. The data provides Bethanie staff with the insights to detect falls, monitor wellbeing and gain a 360 overview of the residents’ health to spot early signs of deterioration and customise care accordingly.

InteliCare Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Jason Waller said the company was committed to developing its products to match the growing needs of health and aged care providers nationwide.

“It is important to note that this technology does not use cameras or microphones, rather tiny sensors are used to monitor activity and routines,” Mr Waller said.

InteliCare is an ASX listed Australian technology company which has commercialised a predictive hardware and software system for use in the sector.

Mr Waller said the automation of administrative and data entry tasks would help to streamline tasks and optimise workflow for residential aged care homes.

About Bethanie

For more than 65 years Bethanie has been welcoming Western Australian seniors into a unique and caring, social, and engaging environment. Bethanie has a proud history and equally trusted reputation as the State’s leading not-for-profit aged care, person-centred provider. Bethanie has 13 residential aged care homes and provides care to more than 3,000 Western Australians across residential care, home care, retirement villages and community housing.

Bethanie boasts an experienced team of 2,050 committed and passionate staff and more than 350 volunteers, all of whom share and practice the belief that at Bethanie, you are among friends. Bethanie is committed to the continuous improvement of quality aged care services, to improve not only the quality of life and care of our seniors but to meet the changing needs and expectations of future generations.

About Intelicare Holdings Limited

InteliCare is an Australian technology company that has commercialised a predictive analytics hardware and software system for use in the aged care and health industries. InteliCare believes Australians deserve to age with dignity and through its business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) solutions built on its proprietary internet of things (IOT) platform utilising smart sensors and artificial intelligence (AI), InteliCare aims to enable people to stay in their own homes for longer while empowering healthcare providers to deliver higher quality, more efficient services.

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