Chirp began with a question: Is it possible to monitor a loved one, without asking them to wear something or install cameras?
It was 2019 when the question struck. Chirp cofounder Justin Schorn was living in Waterloo, Canada while flying back and forth to school in Boston. There he did a school project at a senior living community which opened his eyes to the importance of tech-enabled solutions for the rapidly expanding aging population.
Historically, the standard of care has been a “personal emergency response system” or PERS device — a pendant worn around the neck with a button that notifies a call center. Understandably, PERS have a high rejection rate due to the stigma attached to them.