The use of remote monitoring technology to keep the elderly in their homes has long been touted as a way to keep a lid on rising health care costs while at the same time giving the elderly a better quality of life.

According to an article in the Washington Post, a number of pilot projects are under way at retirement villages in the US to test the effectiveness of these new technologies.    Some monitor chronic health conditions such as blood pressure, congestive heart failure or diabetes.   Others can monitor weight or movement around the house.

In the US the issue is cost.   Medicare and most insurance companies do not pay for the use of these types of technologies so getting wide spread distribution is difficult.

We would love to learn what is going on in your country.     Are technologies being pilot tested in the care homes or the community??    Is your government supportive of the use of technologies in age care?