ABSTRACTThe GE QuietCare? passive monitoring system uses advanced motion sensor technology that learns the daily living patterns of senior community residents and sends alerts when certain out-of-the-ordinary events occur. This study compared falls, hospitalizations, care level changes, and resident attrition between two similar assisted living facilities where one facility adopted the QuietCare? monitoring system and the other did not over a 12-month period. Average falls per week were significantly lower in the QuietCare? facility than the control facility. There was also a trend toward fewer weekly hospitalizations in the QuietCare? facility. There was higher resident retention at the QuietCare? facility. This study provides evidence of direct benefits to both the resident and the facility for the use of QuietCare?. There was a significant reduction in the number of falls, as well as a general facility performance improvement measured by care level consistency and higher resident retention rates.
Patel, P. A., & Gunnarsson, C. (2012). A passive monitoring system in assisted living facilities: 12-month comparative study. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 30(1), 45–52. https://doi.org/10.3109/02703181.2011.650298