BeClose – New Technology for Aging-In-Place


Designed to address the common trend of seniors aging in place rather than in an assisted living community, BeClose uses motion sensors, which are compatible with beds, chairs, and doors. The sensors are used in partnership with Telehealth Sensors, and indicate the person’s location and how long they are away from the bed or chair. For example, a dispatch service is triggered if a bed is empty for more than 30 minutes at an unusual time of night – relative to the person’s daily routine. Facilitated by wireless remote technology, it has been getting the attention of several health agencies, recently signing an agreement with Canadian dispatch service, Carelink Advantage. The company will serve as a distribution partner for Be Close.

The system will be used by both caregivers and institutional customers, using a wireless “base station” that receives all alerts set off by sensors. It is not only designed to serve the elderly population, but also those who are living with cognitive and mobility challenges.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.