Fall Risk & 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 Can Benefit?

  • 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 Results Can We Expect?  

  • 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 Can Help?

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 Types of Alerts Can Be Sent?

Here are some sample situations in which staff, family members, and/or the individuals themselves can receive alerts:

  • When there is no sensor activation 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 a paging pendant is pressed at any time, or within specific time frames

Gerald's Story

Gerald is a senior adult who is aging in place and living on his own. His daughter lives in the next town over and expressed concerns about her dad’s history of falls. She wanted to make sure he gets help when he needs it.

During the assessment process, Gerald’s daughter also noted that while he prefers to sleep upstairs, he 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. 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.