2022-03-15 16:17:19


The metropolitan municipality of Kahramanmaras has a population of 1.15 million, among which nearly 100,000 are over the age of 65. For this age group, especially those with mobility challenges, self-care is also a challenge. Within the framework of the national “Yades 2016 Smart Elderly Care and Coordination Centre Project”, the municipality is taking care of its senior residents with this initiative.

The Smart Elder Care System is financed by the municipality as well as the Türkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies. It is an intelligent follow-up and call system installed in the homes of residents of 65 years of age or above. It is equipped with a smart automation system powered by machine-to-machine technology and the Internet of Things. In the event of an emergency, such as fire, natural gas leak, smoke, or flood, the system will automatically convey the information to the Smart Elder Care Call Centre, which is staffed with trained personnel all day long. In addition to this automatic detection and reporting system, the residents can use the emergency button as well to report any health crisis or injury.

The smart automation system also comes with a smart wristband, which is used to monitor the pulse and heart rate of the elderly and make an emergency call when necessary. Furthermore, the initiative goes beyond the emergency function to include psycho-social support. Healthcare, personal care, and housekeeping services are delivered weekly to the old-age residents by Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University and Kahramanmaras Provincial Health Directorate, to improve their quality of life. A mobile application is also available to track services that have been and should be provided.

The initiative prioritises senior residents who have mental/physical health issues or who live alone. Currently, a total of 400 homes are being served remotely. Since its launch in 2016, 6,000 thousand people have benefited from this initiative. It has also inspired other metropolitan municipalities such as Istanbul to take on such an approach.

This initiative is of high relevance to SDGs 3 (health and wellbeing), 10 (reduced inequalities), and 11 (sustainable cities and communities).