Ann M. Cheverton
November 10, 2023
Wherible… Who are We…What do We Do… & Why is this Important?
Wherible, is an Age-Tech, engineering company, that designs, manufactures novel next-gen wearable devices, such as a pendant or wristband , that if you are not able to wear, you don’t have to. This is a game-changer in the fall detection and remote patient monitoring (RPM) market. Wherible has created innovative health and safety monitoring technology for seniors and other at-risk vulnerable and disparate populations, wherever they live. Wherible harnesses artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), digital health technologies (DHT), and Edge Device Technology.
I’ll demystify, simplify, and explain these technologies, in future blog posts!
Our Consumer Strategy and the Reason Behind It
Wherible’s intention is to provide a solution, that allows families to have insight and information on their moms and dads or loved ones living alone, whether living remotely in another state for example or too far away to see everyday, or they want to ensure their loved ones are ok while they are away from the home during their work hours. Especially, worrisome for families, if their parents are having memory issues or have dementia. It places a significant burden, stress and often with a good measure of guilt on the sons and daughters of a parent, living at home alone. According to AARP, over 60% of family caregivers, also work. The Alzheimer’s Association says over 11 million families provide over 18 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $339.5 billion a year. Can you imagine, what those numbers will sky rocket too, if we included adults with other chronic conditions, natural aging, deconditioning, injuries and falls? Let’s throw on the real issue of medication compliance and adherence in, for good fuel to the raging fire, shall we? We are going to need collective help to figure out how to close the gap between caregiver supply and care demand, that blew-up during the peri-COVID world, leading to the great resignation, and exit of caregivers and boots-on the ground in the work force. Let’s face it, our frontline caregivers are physically tired, mentally burnt-out, are on the lower pay spectrum and often feel not respected or unappreciated, often needing to pick up more shifts and caseload due to staffing shortages.
The Wherible DHT innovative platform and smart devices have been designed to be bought as an ‘off-the-shelf, out-of-the-box’ technology. It’s easy to use, easy to install and set-up, for families. Homecare and home health visiting services or medical equipment suppliers, can also set-up the devices in the home. The devices can function as a wearable device, or in a situation where our beloved seniors won’t wear a pendant or wristband panic button, especially those with dementia, we have smart beacons embedded with artificial intelligence (AI) to identify events, and activities. We can re-deploy beacon’s as a panic button in the bathroom for example or in the rooms where they spend most time, and we can digitally pick-up events such as a fall and send an alert notification out to their family or neighbor next door.
The Fall Detection industry is a $2.2B market but there are limitations. Many require a stable WIFI connection and require mom to push a panic button, and often expensive, for a senior on a budget. The other fall detection technology is using infra-red, which infers a fall. Wherible is a cellular, Bluetooth platform and it’s broken through the ceiling offering groundbreaking new innovative proprietary devices – beacons, that not only detect falls, but the beacons can be placed on med bottles or pill caddy’s and will alert if they didn’t take their meds. Additionally, if the senior left the GPS Geo-fenced home, then an alert will be sent.
Bottom Line: Fall Detection, Medication, Monitoring of ADL’s, GPS Geo-Location of mom outside the home, ‘on-the-go’ for trips to the grocery store or restaurant, or if she wanders and gets lost. How awesome is that!
This is the power of innovative technology and is a game-changer in the fall detection monitoring space.