Care on Command benefits homebound seniors aged 60 and over, adults with disabilities, and veterans who have difficulty performing one or more activities of daily living. The program delivers content tailored to meet the specific care needs of each client through a video and voice-assisted AI companion device and allow them to connect with others outside the home including caregivers, family, social groups, and friends.
The program builds upon research and lessons learned through a 3-year pilot project using Amazon Echo Show 8 with Alexa funded by the federal Administration for Community Living. The project was a feasibility study involving 2 cohorts totaling 110 clients in the Greater Houston Area. Results showed enthusiastic technology acceptance by participating seniors and proved the implementation of technology for the homebound senior community is feasible and warrants expansion.
The static platform used in the pilot phase is now evolving into a dynamic one that allows for proactive engagement with the user and regularly updated content. Content will address physical wellness such as exercise/movement recommendations, pain management, medication reminders, falls reduction information, spiritual engagement with their congregations of choice, and more. It will address mental wellness through games and other interactive media to improve cognitive function and mental acuity. Not only will the device push tailored content to meet the specific needs of participants, but it will also allow them to respond and connect with others outside the home. It provides an easy connection to caregivers, family, social groups, and friends – opportunities for social interaction, spiritual wellness, and life balance.