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Leading home care and independent retirement living provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has today announced an innovative partnership with smart clothing brand Goldilocks and The University of Adelaide to develop a range of smart garments that will support older people to remain living independently in their own home.

The three leading experts joined forces to secure funding through the South Australian Innovation Challenge which aims to create new solutions that propel the health, aged care and disability sectors.

Goldilocks – one of South Australia’s leading start-ups in smart clothing and neural networks – originally designed a smart singlet which tracked an infant’s sleep, temperature and breathing, giving parents peace of mind.

Now, working collaboratively, the three leading experts are looking at ways to design a similar product for older people, using cutting-edge technology.

ECH Chair of the Board Rosina Hislop said that ECH is committed to making significant progress that will benefit the way older people live and give reassurance to their families.

“This partnership with Goldilocks and The University of Adelaide will allow us to build on the current knowledge and adapt the technology to meet the needs of older people,” said Mrs Hislop.

“Our aim is to develop a product based on market research that will measure skin temperature, breathing and even location to build a personalised view of an individual’s habits. This provides reassurance that daily routines are being undertaken, providing peace of mind for our clients and their support network.”

Goldilocks founder Shem Richards said that by bringing three leading experts together for the project, the partnership will transform the health, retirement living and aged care industries.

“We hope to strengthen our original Goldilocks product in order to deliver more benefits to the broader community,” said Mr Richards.

“By using this specialised technology, we are empowering older people to remain living independently at home, without their support network worrying. The wellbeing of individuals is truly our passion at Goldilocks.”

The University of Adelaide’s ThincLab will also be heavily involved in the project, conducting market research to identify solutions that will form part of the build process.

ECH is currently looking for older people and carers to take part in the market research for the project. For more information on how to get involved, visit the registration link: https://mailchi.mp/goldilockssuit/sa-innovation-grant-audience-aged-care

For more information on Goldilocks, visit goldilockssuit.com

Media Contact: Natalie Farinola: JP Media 0401 308 328 / natalie@jpmedia.com.au

ABOUT ECH

ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) is a leading not-for-profit provider of services that promote self-determination and enables people to have the best life possible as they age. ECH supports more than 15,000 people and employs more than 650 staff, including home support workers, nursing, allied and other health professionals, maintenance teams and administrators.

ECH has 1,912 independent living units across 110 retirement villages throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Victor Harbor and Ardrossan, four Wellness Centres, four dementia-friendly Day Programs and a custom-designed Short Stay Respite Centre. ECH divested out of Residential Care Homes in 2014. The purpose of this was to ensure that ECH could continue to invest and focus resources on supporting older people to remain living confidently and independently in their own homes for longer.

For more information, please visit ech.asn.au

Posted: February 7, 2022