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Find-me appoints Rachel Boden as new CEO

Preparing for Rapid Growth

Find-me Technologies, the creator of the Find-me Watch, a wearable device to assist the elderly and those diagnosed with dementia, is preparing for rapid growth with the appointment of Rachel Boden as Chief Executive Officer.

With a career in health spanning over three decades, Ms Boden brings extensive experience in healthcare product commercialisation, having worked in start-up to large corporate pharmaceutical companies servicing Asia Pacific.

Find-me technologies Chair Anne-Marie Birkill said the company was delighted to welcome an individual of Rachel’s calibre to the role of Find-me CEO.

“Find-me is poised to become a world leader in the field of mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) providing safety, security and peace of mind for the frail and vulnerable and those who care for them. Rachel has the skills and experience to drive the company into this next exciting phase,” Ms Birkill said.

Prior to joining Find-me, Ms Boden was a Commercial Director at Perrigo Australia where she drove the transformation of the Hospital, Prescription and Contract manufacturing business profitability through strategic partnerships, innovative product development and strong sales and marketing platforms. She has also held senior management positions in sales and marketing with companies such as Obagi International and AstraZeneca.

“The Find-me Watch provides the opportunity for millions of people to feel confident and safe, whether in their homes or outside living life. It is this freedom and peace of mind that provides the potential for the WATCH to have a significant impact in healthcare today and in the future,” Ms Boden said.

“My focus throughout my career, beginning in nursing has always been motivated by a passion to find healthcare solutions through pharmaceutical products and devices. I am therefore very excited to join the Find-me team and its founders, who are equally committed to developing the WATCH into a device that will extend the possibility of millions of people world wide to maintain their independence.”

“Given the aging population and escalating healthcare costs, there are opportunities to grow and quickly scale up this product offering. I look forward to working closely with the Find-me team, clients, shareholders and partners to deliver continuing innovation to the Find-me carers device that will assist carers and healthcare professionals provide independence to the wearers of the device,” Ms Boden said.

Find-me is a portfolio company of the OneVentures Innovation and Growth Fund II and the Advance Queensland Business Development Fund.

The Age of Independence

For many people one of the most distressing things about advancing age is the loss of independence.

Carers want their loved one to enjoy life as they always have – but carers also need the assurance that safety and support will be there if it is needed.

The Queensland-based duo who invented the Find-Me Watch were facing these exact challenges in caring for family members. Their solution was to develop this clever piece of wearable technology in response.

Dave’s father had dementia and his wandering was becoming a concern. The Find-Me Watch proto-type enabled Dave and his family to know if his father left safe surroundings, and provided instant two-way communication in case of emergency. Bruce’s ageing grandmother wore a Find-Me Watch to help her stay independent for longer. With the added support available whenever needed, she continued living alone in her own home for another six years.

The most surprising part though, for many carers, is the pleasure of regaining their own freedom and independence, knowing their loved one has support available with the touch of a button on the Find-Me Watch.

But we have to warn you, it will be hard to get used to seeing a movie, enjoying a meal out or even just doing the shopping for the first time, without being anxious for your loved one.

Carers can log in to the Find-Me Watch web interface and customise the alerts at any time, or check their loved ones’ whereabouts if there is any reason for concern.

The Find-Me Watch also makes it easy for other members of the family to play their part as a carer. Up to five different contacts can receive alerts or phone calls, and the details are easy to change if the primary contact is going overseas, travelling for business or simply enjoying a weekend away.

That means more independence for everyone, so both elderly family members and carers can be a little happier and healthier.

Bespoke design meets wearable technology

A number of software companies have developed or repurposed apps for the off-the-shelf smart watches that are manufactured by some of the major personal technology brands.

While these apps offer a great way to extend the capability of smart watches for the general public, it’s important to remember that general-purpose smart watches are simply not designed with dementia in mind.

In contrast, the principles of bespoke design are intrinsic to the Find-Me Watch, which was created specifically for dementia applications and has been refined through expert insights in aged care and dementia settings.

What makes the Find-Me Watch so different?

It has many of the features you would expect from wearable safety technology, including easy and direct two-way communication, and help to locate the wearer using 3G GPS technology.

Worn discreetly like a digital watch or pendant, the wearer can use the Watch to call for help or reassurance with the simple press of a button.

Unlike multi-purpose products designed for the general public, the Find-Me Watch doesn’t require the wearer to scroll through menus or select options in order to launch the program. Nor can the wearer accidentally exit an app, leaving them without monitoring and support.

Whenever the watch is charged and being worn, the application – and all of its functionality – are always there, ready to alert carers of any concerns.

The watch is designed without reliance on touchscreen functions, ensuring the wearer is unable to change or delete the settings. This makes the watch incredibly easy for the wearer to use.

On our simple-to-use web interface, carers can choose to be notified if the wearer falls, enters or leaves a designated area, removes the watch, or enters a moving vehicle (speed alert). A range of other alerts can be customised on the web interface, providing as little or as much support as needed.

If you are concerned that your loved one might remove the watch, a smooth, lockable clip can be easily placed on the watch band; ensuring the watch won’t be taken off without assistance from a carer.

Charging the watch is surprisingly easy, even for people with limited fine motor skills or low vision. There’s no need to remove the battery or struggle with tiny plugs and power cords. Simply place the Find-Me Watch on our custom charge pad, which is specially designed to ensure the watch goes on to charge the right way every time.

In less than two hours the watch is recharged and your loved one can keep it on all day (including in the shower), reducing the risk that it will be forgotten.

It’s no accident that the Find-Me Watch has such an amazing range of functions. It was designed and tested in dementia and aged-care situations, making this a product that is backed up by real-life experience.


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