Senior Safety App is the brainchild of Dr. Devikaa Manghnani who is an accomplished reconstructive surgeon associated with Safdarjung Hospital, one of the largest public health facilities in India. With 15 years of experience in both private and public sectors, many of her patients have been senior citizens. As a doctor, she was privy to not just their health ailments but also the emotional dynamics between the seniors and their loved ones. She understood that the elderly are a vulnerable group whether they live with their family or independently.
In her years as a doctor, Dr. Devikaa treated scores of seniors and worked in close proximity with their family members. She saw seniors are very vulnerable and even though they have concerns about their own safety and day to day well being, many will not approach their younger family members for help and may even have objections to well meaning efforts. This streak of independence, while admirable, could be a cause for concern. Even where the seniors are dependent, it is not possible to check on them at all times.
To address these concerns, a thought germinated in her mind to use technology that would build a bridge between the senior citizen and their family member with neither of them feeling dependent or intrusive. A lot of expensive devices exist in the market, these are often cumbersome and would break easy. Something simple, free, and easy to use was needed. In today’s time when just click of a button orders a pizza, could a similar button save a life? So- besides it’s many other features- the Senior Safety App has an easy access single touch button to send out an SOS alarm and call emergency contacts
One patient that is ingrained in her memories is a 65 years old lady with bed sores. In Dr. Devikaa’s words, “She was under my care for bedsores for over 6 months, which developed after she was bedridden due to a spinal injury. Her two sons lived overseas and would fly down every now and then by turn which as one can imagine was very stressful. The genial lady gave me the idea of this app when she just out of the blue asked me why can’t we use ‘science’ in a manner that her sons can see where she is at all times and she can ‘summon’ them when there is an emergency? When I gave her a quizzical look, she retorted that since I am ‘science person’, I should be able to answer her. That got me thinking about how we can use technology as a bridge between the senior citizen and their family member”.
“Another patient that helped push the idea of this app was an elderly lady with history of schizophrenia.This lady lived with her family and was self sufficient but still required care and monitoring due to her schizophrenia. Her daughter would always fret when she went out on her own, lest her mother wanders away”.
Some seniors under Dr. Devikaa’s care were also victimized by frauds and scams perpetrated over text messages or calls. It became important to track text message and calls to protect seniors from malicious individuals.
Dr. Devikaa contracted 97Technologies to design a system that is not just functional, but also easy to use, free, and driven solely towards the need of senior citizens.
Seniors love the app and so do their caregivers. Since its inception the emergency button has been clicked over 5000 times.
Core features like easy access to emergency alarm, round robin calling emergency contacts, daily phone calls, and texts summary are free. Over time as the app was extended, features were added that have recurring costs and thus, a small subscription fee. These features include a 24×7 live location tracking, Geo-fencing, numerous functional alerts(fall, inactivity, low battery, network change in case of theft of phone), app install or uninstall with usage statistics and numerous other practical programs.
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