Preventing Falls with Sensor Technology, Aged Health Magazine (May 2023)
“A consortium involving aged care provider Whiddon and the national science agency CSIRO hopes to improve falls prevention in residential care using sensor technology.
Falls are Australia’s number one cause of injury hospitalisation and death, contributing to 42% of injury hospitalisations and 40% of injury deaths, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Talius, aged care provider Whiddon, Anchor Excellence and CSIRO have teamed up to change these statistics and improve outcomes for older Australians. The consortium is running a feasibility study involving Talius, a new sensor platform algorithm originally developed and tested in an in home care setting by CSIRO as part of their Dementia and Aged Care Services trial using the Smarter Safe Homes platform, involving sensor technology to prevent falls in residential aged care.
Talius uses a combination of sensors placed around the residential aged care home with settings adjusted to individual risks to identify factors that can lead to a fall. The study will explore the acceptability of these autonomous sensors and the use of an individual’s ‘sensor story’ to inform residents, their families and care staff of the older person’s wellbeing. The study will also identify any barriers to adoption and the impact of this technology on the organisation’s operations.”
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