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Home Guardian Releases Innovative Sensor System to Keep Seniors Safe
Date:3/27/2008

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Home Guardian, LLC (http://www.homeguardian.us/) has announced the release of a suite of sensors that non-intrusively monitor the health status of seniors in their homes while enabling professional caregivers to focus on providing needed care. This includes the detection of falls, which constitute the largest cause of injuries for people over age 65 in the United States.

The systems were developed by a team of researchers originally from the University of Virginia's Medical Automation Research Center (MARC) in partnership with two nationally recognized not-for-profit senior care and service providers, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (Sioux Falls, SD) and the Volunteers of America (VOA) National Services (Alexandria, VA).

Immediate benefits of the sensor systems -- as shown in carefully controlled studies done by The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and the Volunteers of America National Services -- include:

-- A reduction of the cost of care of nearly 75 percent

-- Increased feelings of safety and security in participants

-- Less job-related stress for caregivers

The development of this technology was first funded through a grant from the Carilion Biomedical Institute in Roanoke, VA. "The individuals at Carilion chose us to develop a solution that would revolutionize the care for large numbers of baby boomers," stated Dr. Majd Alwan, Home Guardian co-founder and now Director of the Center for Aging Services Technologies.

"We were pleased to have the additional support from the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business and the T100 Alumni Mentoring Program to assist with further validation of the potential of the solution," said MARC's Director, Dr. Robin Felder.

"We are thrilled this research has led to a significant advancement in the way we can care f
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