Following the tragic loss of his grandmother due to a fall at home, Kelvin Summoogum founded MiiCare
and devoted his life to preventing such a thing from happening to others.
Kelvin’s grandmother lived alone at home and like most older people, she resented the idea of moving to a care home. Instead, she wanted to spend the rest of her life in her house – her place of heritage which she and her husband worked all their life for.
Sadly, one evening she fell, broke her hip and stayed on the cold floor in pain and agony for many hours before she received help. She succumbed to her injuries 3 years later. Caring for her during those 3 years was extremely difficult.
After his grandmother passed away, Kelvin made a personal commitment to find a solution to mitigate the risk of falls and protect those living alone at home.
He spent over a year working closely with a group of older people from lunch clubs and churches to understand the pain points and then worked backward towards a solution – MiiCube, the AI-based assistive technology.
While there are devices that attempt to address the same older people healthcare crisis, Kelvin spent a lot of time researching the market to understand why current solutions were not gaining sufficient traction.
This is where he learned that he needed to develop something which is ‘person-centred’, is simple to use, and adapts to the older users and not the other way round; something which interacts with them as a companion. This approach underpins all the innovations taking place at MiiCare.