35% of people over the age of 65 fall each year, often resulting in serious injury that reduces quality of life and increases health care costs. Smart Home technology can help seniors safely maintain their independence while allowing their loved ones greater peace of mind.
A team of scientists from Norway, Switzerland, and Italy completed a study to assess the usability of Smart Home technology in designing an interface for fall management. The study used five scenarios related to fall risk, assessment and prevention to design Smart Home solutions.
One scenario describes appropriate strength and balancing exercises delivered via motivational messages linked to video demonstrations. “Exergames” track performance and show progress. The user wears a smartphone that works as a fall-detection sensor and sends a message to the system if the inertial sensors embedded in the phone detect a fall signature. If the user is unable to respond, cameras in the home may be activated and a message sent to a family member or care provider. When choosing to walk outside the home, the start walk button is activated on the walker’s smart phone and they select to finish the walk upon safe arrival home.
Usability evaluations showed that the participating seniors had a positive experience with the new technologies!
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