Northwood, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and national and international partners, have been awarded funding through AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, to advance research on SMART assistive technology and person-centred care solutions in continuing care. Using off the shelf devices and Canadian start-up Novalte’s breakthrough Emitto technology, the research explores how to enable older people aging with complex mobility needs to live with greater independence and dignity. From changing the channel to bed control, these clients can take care of tasks independently.

Meet Jacklyn, a Northwood client. Like most Canadians, Jacklyn has been using SMART tech solutions in her home. Her home just happens to be in long-term care where she can now, for the first time in many years, regain control over her world after a slip and fall left her paralyzed from the chest down.