The only problem is that it’s only available in New Zealand. (Yet.)
A woman named Maria Johnson designed it along with her husband after her father developed dementia. She wanted a system that would protect him while still allowing him to be as independent as possible. For example, with the system he could go for a walk, and his family could keep track of where he was through GPS. It could send an alert if he got too far away, or got near problem areas, like a casino.
So first and foremost, Clevercare works like a regular medical alarm, in that you can press a button to activate the system and get connected to a monitoring center that can help you out.
AND you can use Clevercare to make direct calls to someone on your list of caregivers (you dial by swiping through pictures of your caregivers). This is for when you need to talk to someone to get help, but don’t need the professional monitoring center.
AND the watch can accept calls from the monitoring center. This is for a situation where your family or the monitoring center thinks you might need help.
AND it’s got advanced GPS features. Not only location based services like “geofencing” (which sends an alert if you go out of a certain area or you go near a particular spot) but also mapping services that can guide you home if you get lost.
AND it’s even got medication reminders. This keeps the user reminded of their meds, and the system also lets caregivers know if the medication reminder is being ignored.
The CleverCare system works on Android-based smartwatches. The company has plans to expand around the world.