Implementation of ‘My Guardian Angel’ – A Smart Wearable Device – in a Sheltered Home in Singapore


Singapore is one of the fastest ageing countries in the world, with the proportion of citizens aged 65 and above increasing from about 11% in 2012 to an estimated 25% by 2030. To tackle this ‘silver tsunami’, the 2023 Action Plan for Successful Ageing aims to empower older persons to lead healthy lives while ageing-in-place. As falls are a leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation, this is a major concern in Singapore. This paper will describe the implementation of ‘My Guardian Angel’ (MGA) – a smart wearable device – in a Singaporean Sheltered Home (SH) for ambulant older persons. The device is novel in that it not only uses wearable sensors to detect and respond expediently to falls, but also encompasses other features which seek to improve the quality of life of older persons living in the SH. The features of the MGA include: (a) ‘Mealtime Attendance Taking’ that alerts staff if residents miss a meal; (b) ‘Laundry Management System’ where laundered clothes are tagged and tracked; (c) ‘Access Control System’ that serves as an ‘pass’ to residents’ rooms and enhances their privacy; and (d) ‘Fall Detection System’ in which falls detected by the MGA would push the location of the fall to a staff’s tablet who is then able to respond immediately. The paper will provide an overview of the MGA, and offer insights into the benefits, challenges as well as feasibility of implementing its components in an institutionalised setting for older persons in Singapore.

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Nicholas Netto, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

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Conference: EGen2023
Stream: Frailty

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Netto N. (2023) Implementation of ‘My Guardian Angel’ – A Smart Wearable Device – in a Sheltered Home in Singapore ISSN: 2435-4937 The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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