Howz is a smart home system that helps older people stay independent for longer. The Howz app lets you check that an older person is OK without being intrusive.
The app learns the person's daily routine and lets them and their family know if anything changes. It works with smart meters and the Howz Home Care Kit (you have to buy this kit).
Who is it suitable for?
Howz is designed for older people and their families.
Information about an older person's routine and activity levels is sent to the app on their smartphone or tablet. This record could be helpful when discussing their health and wellbeing with their health teams or care network.
The app can also be used by the older person's relatives to receive the same information. This can give them peace of mind or alert them to something that might be wrong if their older relative's activity level is lower than normal.
How does it work?
Howz sensors detect activity and this information is sent to a secure data centre on the internet. It's analysed to identify your routine, set alerts, and monitor long-term change.
Your activity information is sent directly to you on the app. You can also access it using the Howz website (www.howz.com) after setting up an account.
Using Howz you can:
- see activity levels over the last 12 hours (and get a 7-day history)
- see how long since the last activity
- get alerts for low activity, late start to the day, up in the night, unexpected activity when away from home, and door left open (with Howz Home Care Kit)
- invite family members to access the app
- access information using text message and WhatsApp
Report an issue
You can contact the developer directly to report an issue or if you have any questions about this product.
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How do I access it?
The Howz app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.
When used with the Howz Home Care Kit (£149), you'll pay a monthly subscription charge of £9 after a 30-day free trial (if purchased from www.howz.com).
Page last reviewed: 22/06/2020
Next review due: 22/06/2023
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