Falls & Inactivity
Caregivers are often concerned that living independently means that individuals could fall or experience a crisis and not be able to access help. Our technology senses motion, falls, and inactivity and can alert caregivers, staff, and family members when assistance may be needed.
Who do we consider?
- Individuals who are aging in place or who may need support to live independently
- Individuals with disabilities or limited mobility
- Individuals with visual impairments that impact balance and mobility
- Individuals who need immediate access to staff, friends, family or neighbors for physical assistance
What will we achieve?
- Alerts to caregivers when no movement is detected for a specified amount of time
- Proactive rather than reactive caregiver responses, should an individual need assistance
- Alternative, dignified ways to access help when emergency services are not needed
What technology do we use?
- A SimplyHome System, using components such as:
- Motion sensors in living space (to look for inactivity or falls)
- Bed and chair pressure pads (to monitor for unusual inactivity)
- Paging or fall-detecting pendants (to obtain caregiver or emergency assistance)
What rules can alert staff, family members or the individuals themselves?
- When there are no sensor activations in the home by a certain time of day or within a certain time frame
- When one sensor activates, then no other sensors activate for a specified time frame
- When paging pendant is pressed at any time, or within specific time frames
Gerald is a senior adult who is aging in place, living on his own. His daughter lives in the next town over and expressed concerns about her dad’s history of falls and needing physical assistance.
She also noted that he prefers to sleep upstairs but spends most of the day downstairs. We designed the remote support system so that sensors (pressure pad sensors + motion sensors) captured his sequence of daily activities in the home—watching television, using the bathroom, making a meal, and going to bed at night. When the sequence wasn’t completed or if no sensor was activated in the home within a given period of time, the assumption was that he could be in need of assistance, and his daughter would immediately receive alerts.
As a result, both Gerald and his daughter had greater peace of mind, knowing he could access assistance if needed.