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Struggling with your teen’s sleep problems?

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It is a myth that only that only older adults struggle with getting a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that 7 out of 10 high school students are not getting the recommended amount of sleep.  

In her article What parents should know about their teens’ sleep problems that appears in Psychology Today, Dr. Colleen Carney, Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and creator of the highly effective doze app, offers parents an explanation on how the biological changes in teens affect sleep. Her blog also provides valuable tips on what parents can do to help their teens.

 

Through partnership with Dr. Carney, Tochtech is proud to be making continued improvement on Dozeapp, supporting teens for achieving better sleep.

doze mobile app is be available on the App Store and Google Play 

Watch the following video to learn more about doze 

2021 census data shows increased pressure on Canada’s healthcare and long term care systems – what can we do?

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The latest Canadian census data from 2021 shows seniors over the age of 85 are among the fastest growing age groups in the country. The number of people over 85 more than doubled since the 2001 census, and is expected to triple by 2046. This will put increased pressure on Canada’s healthcare and long term care systems, and the already shrinking pool of caregivers.

What alternatives are there available?

The following blog was written by Barbara Kirby, (CPCA) Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, Coach and Navigator of SeniorAdvocate.ca on successfully using an alternative support system for seniors aging in their own homes

Alternative Support System for Seniors Aging in their own Homes
By Barbara Kirby

At the beginning of the Corona Virus pandemic in early 2020, I started receiving calls from seniors and their families asking how they could stay home safely rather than moving into assisted living or long-term care?

What immediately came to mind is one of my favorite tools to support the elderly living at home independently, a motion censored monitoring system app. This is an app that gives adult children the opportunity to check if their parents are ok at any time of the day, or night giving them immediate peace of mind. At the same time, it provides a sense of autonomy for seniors who might be somewhat vulnerable to the risks of living alone.

The company, Tochtech Technologies, is a Vancouver-based digital health company using combinations of motion sensor technology, voice integration, and AI. They provide solutions to enable seniors to maintain independence at home while offering families, caregivers, or executive managers like me peace of mind. Every morning I check to ensure my client is following their usual routine. Please note that this does not take the place of caregiver/companion support but may enhance how support is coordinated.

Tochtech’s Vericare platform uses motion sensors and AI to track a broad range of my client’s Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), showering, meal preparation, activities around the home, and social interactions. This helps develop an activity and behavior profile unique to my client. Notifications and alerts sent to my cell phone allow me to check for potential falls, the front door being left open, or unusual amounts of time showing no movement in one place, such as the kitchen, living room, bedroom, or bathroom.

Toch Sleepsense can alert us to movements in and out of bed, unusual or undetected heartbeats, or changes in breathing and sleep quality.

Toch Smarturns™ – intelligent knobs for the stove are another tool used. This eliminates the worry of the stove being left unattended for longer than usual, as you will receive an alert. You can make a quick call to mom or dad to ask them to check that the stove is turned off if they are finished using it. This ensures safe cooking. Or you can leave your voice message on the TochTech voice activated system. “Hi Mom, make sure the stove is turned off.”

Reports can show changes in daily or weekly routines as leading indicators when keeping an eye out for an elder’s wellbeing. The charting will indicate more sedentary behaviour over a week or month , alerting you to consider hiring a walking companion. Food is still in the fridge from a week ago; you can see this was not just lack of interest in a particular food, but they are not opening the fridge. Is it time to call in a companion to help with meals?

Vericare has been extremely helpful for me as I witnessed one client’s nighttime habits change suddenly, getting out of bed multiple times at night, moving in and out of the bathroom and wandering in her home. This helped confirm what we suspected as her demeanor started to change as well, becoming uncharacteristically confrontational. She was showing signs of a possible urinary tract infection, now we could get her tested and on to medication if needed.

I had another situation where the system indicated a client had gone into her living room, an unusual place for her to be at that time of the day. There was no movement for over an hour, and I received an alert. I had the neighbour run over and she found my client on the floor, not hurt but unable to get up. We called the paramedics for a lift assist. She wears a fall alert fob around her neck but doesn’t like to push the button as she would rather try to get herself up. This was a soft fall, having sat on a low foot stool to light the fire. She had not been successful at getting up, and the fall was not picked up by the fob to alert paramedics. This happened about 2pm and as I was arriving at 6pm she would have remained on the floor the entire time and she may have been hurt.

Vericare has helped in unusual ways a well. The humidity monitor would indicate when the client was having a shower, this was coming on more often than the twice a week my client was showering. We discovered that every time the laundry was done there would be and excessive amount of humidity in the bathroom as if someone were showering. We had to replace the vent and fan and remind the caregivers to turn on the additional fan in the laundry room to prevent further moisture collection and damage to the fan in the bathroom.

My clients say they appreciate the security of the Vericare System, which in turn enables them to remain in their homes longer and gives families and managers such as myself peace of mind. There are no cameras or microphones; all you need is a good Wi-Fi connection. I was surprised at the reasonable costs for the Tochtech system. Go to SeniorsAdvocate.CA for a unique discount code on any Tochtech Products.

….with care, integrity, and heart in mind for you.

Barbara J. Kirby, (CPCA) Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, Coach and Navigator 604-767-4994

Disclosure: SeniorAdvocate.CA may receive payment from time to time when these products are purchased through this website. Any proceeds go to cover the costs of providing free consults for low-income seniors and their families.

Langley Lodge experiences the benefits of Toch Sleepsense bed sensor technology

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Langley Lodge, located in Langley, BC and a cornerstone of the Langley community since 1974, is one of the increasing number of seniors’ homes looking to innovative technologies like Toch Sleepsense to enhance the safety and wellbeing of their residents.

Langley Lodge is running a pilot program to trial Tochtech’s award-winning Sleepsense bed sensor technology.  Offering publicly funded as well as private long-term care services to 139 residents, Langley Lodge management is thrilled to be piloting the Sleepsense bed sensor.  “We are always looking for innovative technologies to enhance the safety and health and wellness of our residents. The sleep data and information Sleepsense is able to provide on our residents’ sleep patterns is so valuable and information we have never previously had. This information helps us better understand some of the health and sleep challenges our residents are experiencing and will offer new insights in how we can better serve and care for them” said Lisa Samms-Maxwell, Director of Care at Langley Lodge.

Placed under the frame of the bed, Sleepsense is able to detect body movement, in and out of bed status and vital signs (heart and breathing rate). Real time alerts are then sent directly to caregivers’ smartphones or a nurse call system when a health or safety risk is identified. Sleepsense ensures care staff are constantly updated on the status of residents without having to physically check on them, and alerted on residents most in need of assistance. This new technology offers residents increased safety, especially high risk residents in Assisted Living and Long Term Care. Toch Sleepsense was the recent winner the 2020 AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge Competition. The Toch Sleepsense trial program were also launched at Fleetwood Place, Elim Village, Laurel Place and Chalmers Lodge seniors residences in BC.

Senior living providers interested in participating in the Sleepsense pilot program can contact Tochtech at 1-800-360-1286 or info@tochtech.com

For more information on Sleepsense please watch our video and read the following article.

2021 Wrap Up

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As wrap up to a productive 2021 the team at Tochtech Technologies would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support and business.

2021 has been an exceedingly busy year for us as we built on a number of the initiatives and plans from 2020. The one word that defines 2021 at Tochtech has been expansion: reach, product, and geography.

Our Toch Sleepsense bed sensor continues to gain much attention and further validation with pilot projects in Canada, Australia, China and more recently the UK. This product also gained much recognition during our winning Village MD product pitch that was delivered in Las Vegas recently. 2021 has also seen Tochtech as the technology partner with two significant research projects being carried out by researches from UBC, Carleton University, Breyere and University of Ottawa. Tochie and Toch Sleepsense are the two solutions powering these research projects that are focus on improving senior care.

From a product expansion perspective, the technical teams at Tochtech have been busy enhancing our award-winning Toch Sleepsense bed sensor ensuring it remains ahead of its competitors. Earlier this month we also launched our new Sleepsense Night Safety Package which integrates Sleepsense with smart lights offering a unique night safety feature for seniors. And just this week Tochtech in conjunction with Dr. Colleen Carney and her doze team launched the new doze mobile app for teens. Yes, we have been busy!

2021 has seen our business growth with our partners in Australia, New Zealand and China but also expand through new partnerships in the UK, Newfoundland and Thailand. We have also expanded our retail presence through partnerships with senior care consultants and providers as well as retailers Best Buy and Amazon.

As we look to 2022 and building on the solid foundation of this year, the team at Tochtech wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!

The Tochtech Team

Introducing the Tochtech-supported new doze mobile app to be available Dec 15

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Tochtech Technologies and the team at doze led by Dr. Colleen Carney are excited to announce the launch of the doze mobile phone version of doze, a proven success in helping young adults sleep better. Tochtech has taken the technical lead in the migration of the web app to the Apple and Android platforms with further enhancements. Sleepsense, Tochtech’s sleep monitoring device may be offered as an addition to the doze app early next year.

What is doze?

Helping young adults get a better night’s rest

For youth, co-designed by youth, research-derived and validated1, tailored for individual sleep concerns

doze enables youth to better understand their sleep patterns and make changes for improvements. doze puts them in the driver’s seat.

doze mobile app will be available on the App Store and Google Play starting Dec. 15th, 2021.

Watch the following video to learn more about doze 

1 Carmona, N. E., Usyatynsky, A., Kutana, S., Corkum, P., Henderson, J., McShane, K., Shapiro, C. M., Sidani, S., Stinson, J., & Carney, C. E. (2021). Improving access and outcomes for teen sleepers: Results from a feasibility trial of an evidence-based app for sleep disturbance. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 5(11), e25392

Tochtech partners with Dr. Colleen Carney and doze sleep app team

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Tochtech is pleased to announce our partnership with Dr. Colleen Carney, one of Canada’s leading experts in psychological treatments of insomnia and creator of doze, a sleep app for young adults currently available on the internet.

 Dr Carney is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University in Toronto. She has authored of a number of books including “goodnight mind for teens” a companion book to the doze app and is also President of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 

Tochtech is taking the technical lead role in the transition of the doze sleep app to the iPhone and Android mobile platforms, and the on-going development and support for this application. Sleepsense, Tochtech’s sleep monitoring device may be offered as an addition to the doze app early next year. The doze mobile app will be available on the App Store and Google Play Store starting December 15, 2021. A detailed announcement will be issued in the coming weeks.

“We are honored to be collaborating with Dr. Carney and welcome Dr. Carney to our advisory board. Through our partnership, Dr. Carney provides us with valuable guidance on sleep analysis and sleep management and provides powerful academic and research support for Sleepsense. This is the beginning of many collaborative initiatives  between Tochtech and Dr. Carney in the digital therapy area.” said Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech.

Tochtech is thrilled to announce our newly launched: Sleepsense Nightlight Safety Package

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Sleepsense Nightlight Safety Package

Auto lighting that provides enhanced safety during the night

(Bed sensor & Smart lights combo)

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Our award winning Sleepsense bed sensor can now be integrated with smart lights offering an innovative night safety solution like no other. When the sleeper gets out of bed, smart night lights will automatically light up offering guidance to the bathroom or reduces the risk of falls in the dark. Lights will automatically turn off when the sleeper returns to bed. Original Sleepsense alerts and safety features remain part of the package.

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Toch Sleepsense to be installed at Australian Unity Retirement Community

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Tochtech is pleased to announce that its distribution partner in Australia, HSC Technology Group has been successfully awarded the contract to supply the next generation assistive technology solutions to the 275-bed Australian Unity aged care provider. Installation of the technology will be at Australian Unity’s aged care and assisted living facilities in Melbourne and Kilsyth, Victoria, and will commence mid 2022. HSC will also provide ongoing monitoring and maintenance services.

The contract worth $1.04 Million awarded to HSC includes Tochtech’s Sleepsense monitoring solution, the Care@Home Nurse Call, wearable pendants, motion sensors and falls radar. All the components will be integrated into HSC’s TALIUS Smart Care Platform – an agnostic Artificial Intelligence (AI) engine powered by the patented CSIRO Safer Smarter Homes Activities of Daily Living algorithm that links with existing systems and technology to provide resident oversight through simple dashboards.

“We are thrilled to be able to support HSC with our Sleepsense sleep monitoring solution, and to be working with HSC in bringing our technology to the Australian and New Zealand markets.” said Jessica Yang, CEO, Tochtech Technologies. The Tochtech – HSC partnership has been in operation for close to a year.

About Australian Unity
Established in 1840, Australian Unity was Australia’s first member-owned wellbeing company, and now has 260,000 members and more than 700,000 customers. Their range of health, wealth and care products and services provides member, customer and community value that is supportive of personal and community wellbeing. Areas of expertise include healthcare, financial services, retirement living, assisted living and insurance. The Independent & Assisted Living team within Australian Unity delivers aged care, retirement living, home care, Aboriginal home care, disability and allied health services which are designed to support and empower.

About HSC Technology Group
HSC Technology Group is a technology company that improves quality of life, later in life. They do this through their next generation software, the TALIUS Smart Care Platform that collects and analyses data from a range of world-class sensors to improve business and resident outcomes in a range of Aged Care settings.

Automatic night light/path safety feature added to Toch Sleepsense

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Do you worry about the safety of your residents during the night? What if they fall when getting out of bed or are off wandering?

Tochtech Technologies is pleased to announce a unique feature to its award-winning Sleepsense bed sensor.

With the night light safety feature when a resident gets out of a bed equipped with Sleepsense, smart night lights will automatically come on to help guide the senior to the bathroom or provide sufficient lighting to help reduce risk of falls. The lights will also automatically turn off when Sleepsense detects that the resident is back in bed.

The team at Tochtech has successfully integrated the Sleepsense ‘off bed’ detection with a range of popular  and affordable smart lighting devices enabling smart night lights or smart table lamps to automatically turn on during the night when the sleeper is out of bed. Providing visual cues like night lights can help seniors with dementia to be less disorientated and help direct them to the bathroom. Non-disruptive low lighting when they get out of bed can also help reduce risk of falls.

“Many of our clients have expressed the need for increased  support for night safety, to reduce risk of falls for seniors. With this added feature Sleepsense is able to address a range of night time safety and risk concerns. We having been working hard to build more features into the device, and will be announcing additional features in the weeks to come” said Jessica Yang, CEO and Co-founder of Tochtech . Check out Frank  Engleman’s article sharing his experience with this feature on Tech enhanced life website.

 Toch Sleepsense is an award-winning bed sensor that is able to detect body movement, in and out of bed status and vital signs (heart and breathing rate). Placed under the leg/wheel of the bed, Sleepsense issues real time alerts directly to caregivers’ smartphone when a health or safety risk is identified. Additionally, sleep analysis data offers critical information and feedback for medication and care plans.

For more information on Toch Sleepsense please visit www.tochsleepsense.com

Tochtech solutions powering research for improved senior care

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Tochtech’s seniors-focused solutions are the basis for two significant research projects taking place this October. Both these Mitacs sponsored projects are looking to understand how the senior care industry which has faced many challenges in the last two years, can benefit from technology and innovation.

Night Time Bed Occupancy Project is focused on better supporting staff caring for Persons Living with Dementia (PLWD) within assisted living and other communal living models.  One key symptom of dementia is disorientation for time and/or place that can lead to a disruption in the circadian rhythm. A result of this, is that PLWD can wake overnight and be confused about when and/or where they are, leading to them exiting their bed and wandering that can include leaving their own room in a care home, or potentially falling and not being detected until someone happens to check on them. Researchers are using Tochtech’s Sleepsense bed monitor to assess if the sensor system will improve staff ability to support residents that have exited beds through more effective response and staff efficiency. Collaborating parties on this 6-month project include SAM3 (researchers from Carleton, Bruyère and UOttawa),  Bruyère Continuing Care, Courtyards Senior Residences and Tochtech Technologies.

Using smart audio devices in seniors’ home environments, researchers from UBC are looking to explore perspectives and experiences of seniors, families and care staff using smart audio devices in senior care settings to broaden user-friendly considerations for future development of senior-focused smart devices. For this project Tochtech’s Tochie personalized smart speaker will be the basis of the project which will involve participation from seniors and their families from Amica White Rock, UBC researchers and Tochtech Technologies. Focus groups will be held at the end of the project for participants’ feedback.

“We are thrilled to be collaborators on both these projects and contribute to improvement in senior care. We are always looking for ways to improve our products and to learn more about the needs of seniors and their families, and research participation is one way to achieve this, while also giving back”, said Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech Technologies.

For more information on either of these projects or our products, please visit www.tochtech.com