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For many residents of The Boston Home (TBH) , calling for help is not a simple task. Most residents have limited mobility due to diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), making it difficult if not impossible to reach the help button wired to the wall. Many residents of TBH, however, regularly use iPads attached to their wheelchair. For more than 6 months a team of students from MIT have been working with residents and staff of The Boston Home to develop InstaAid, an iPad app that enables residents to call for help more accessibly. InstaAid has two separate interfaces - one for the residents to use to call for help, and another for the nurses to view and respond to requests. With InstaAid, residents can send custom requests for assistance and also video chat with the nurse. InstaAid requires wifi connection and depends on a database (firebase) backend to synchronize all instances of the application. The application has undergone an extensive cycle of prototypes and revisions, and has been used by residents at The Boston Home since December to send requests with great success. The app empowers individuals to live more independent lives by providing them with a means to call for help when they need it. The application has potential beyond The Boston Home, as many assistive living communities could benefit from a similar solution.

This application is currently used daily by residents and caregivers at The Boston Home in Massachusetts, but you can try out the application using a different database that will not interfere with the one that is currently deployed. This is called "demo" mode. Use the following login information to test the app in demo mode:

Ensure your iPad is connected to the internet
1. Enter your name
2. Enter 100-1 as your room number
3. Enter the login code "demo"

You will now see the resident view. If you close and reopen the application, you will be taken directly to this view and won't have to login again. You may press any of the buttons, and a request will be sent to the Nurse's iPad. You can close a request by pressing the red square button.

To view the requests from the Nurse's perspective, you'll need a second iPad. Download InstaAid on this iPad as well, and open it to the login screen. You'll need to login as a Nurse on this iPad using the following steps:

1. Enter the word "Nurse" in the name box
2. Leave the room number blank
3. Enter the login code "demo"

You will then be taken to the Nurse view. Requests that you send from the resident's iPad will appear on the Nurse's iPad. Turn on the Nurse's iPad volume and you'll hear a song when requests come in. To notify a resident you've received the request, click the "request processed" button. To delete the request, click the "x" button.

What's New

Version 1.2

- New login capabilities (use passcode "demo" to test app)
- cancel button on send message screen


Beth Hadley
1.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Beth Hadley


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.