The first research into the automatic application of fall detection systems dates back to the 1990s. Nowadays, there are more and more technologies on the market, and they do not only deal with falls.
The first fall detection system was developed in the early 1970s. An alarm was triggered when a button on a transmitter was pressed.
Today many technologies are emerging, some can be complementary to the ISA system.
For example, automated gait analysis can spot signs of frailty early on. Indeed, the University of Missouri has shown that computer vision technologies can analyze walking. A walking speed of less than 0.8 m per second indicating a high risk of falling.
What about necklaces and anti-fall bracelets for the elderly
Wearables, small technological tools encased in autonomous sensors, make it possible to collect a lot of information. For example, GPS chips in connected bracelets, offer the capability of geolocating residents. This has a definite advantage in the management of wandering.
To grow old is to lose abilities and to be exposed to new dangers. The use of these technologies helps guide our care of people, to suggest the correct responses early enough in the aging process in order to maintain the best quality of life.
More than detection, ISA also helps prevent falls
In addition to being able to be alerted, whether by motion sensors integrated into necklaces or bracelets, or via ISA fall detectors, the concept of prevention is essential today.
The anonymized films produced by the ISA system are used to document falls, in order to prevent them from recurring. It is this point in particular that makes all the difference compared to other systems, whatever they are.
Identify fragility and ensure security
Aging is a constant in the human experience. Our adaptive capacities naturally allow us to experience this reality more or less well.
Sometimes the process speeds up when an illness appears or a fall occurs. We need a society that can reach out to people in difficulty.
To have the opportunity to act, you have to be able to see the problem. Caregivers and doctors don’t have enough eyes to see everything. Of course, we should be able to increase the medical supply, but we will be overwhelmed at one point or another. This is where fall detection technology really makes sense.
See and perceive better
Jérôme Laurent, Nurse and MintT Clinical Advisor:
“As the founder of MintT and a caregiver, this year we have ramped up our ISA device installations and for once I had enough eyes for everyone.
I was able to see a whole new field of action as a caregiver. In 2020, we detected more than 1,200 falls among the elderly in Belgium.
It is much easier to help a person when you have the facts of the problem.”
Preserve our healthcare system and improve quality of life
The increase in our comfort of life is accompanied by an inexorable aging of the population. The consequence is that in the coming years the number of dependent people will increase greatly.
It follows that our health care system risks being saturated and will not be able to care for all aging people. We must therefore change the model. Let us organize ourselves in order to continue to age while enjoying life!