From tablets and smartphones, to glucose monitors and medicine dispensers, a new Western-led research project anticipates these and other smart technologies will be make a huge difference in the health – and lives – of those dealing with severe mental illness.
Nursing and Psychiatry professor Cheryl Forchuk said bringing smart technologies into eight area affordable housing units will allow these individuals who call them home to be more autonomous in their ongoing journey towards improved health and well-being.
“This is for people who are having difficulty managing their everyday life and need a high level of care to maintain community living,” said Forchuk, noting four people have already enrolled in her Smart Home Community Model project. “Technology and applications are being embedded (in their homes) and tested to ensure they are safe, secure and appropriate for use in health care.”
To learn more about the project, visit Western University.