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What Older Adults Need to Know About iStoppFalls

Falls are a serious concern for older adults. Age, fitness level, gender, medication, and medical conditions can all impact a senior’s balance, strength, and overall health. Older adults who live predominantly sedentary lifestyles are at a high risk of falls and injuries. An older adult’s body also typically requires more time to heal.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home care workers who provide high-quality home care. North Coast families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. 

To reduce the risk of falls in seniors, various companies have developed fall prevention tools. Information and communication technology or ICT-based fall prevention programmes are some of the newer approaches that show promise.

Video games requiring physical interaction have become popular among seniors in recent years. The iStoppFalls project combines diagnostic features with Kinect sensory technology to determine risk factors in seniors and reduce the likelihood of falls.

iStoppFalls Objectives

  • Reduce fall risk and enhance quality of life for seniors
  • Provide accurate fall prediction assessments and prevention measures
  • Incorporate the program seamlessly into daily activities using Kinect
  • Offer self-learning solutions based on periodic analysis and knowledge of the system
  • Provide HCI technologies customised to meet the capability of elderly participants

The iStoppFalls system includes a component called the Senior Mobility Monitor, which is designed to inconspicuously monitor a senior’s mobility throughout the day. The data obtained includes information concerning duration, frequency, and type of physical activity along with balance and overall muscle strength. The device was designed to be worn as a necklace to enable continual monitoring and identify potential risk factors. With this information, programme directors can create a training regimen to suit the needs of each senior.

Older adults often need help exercising, maintaining balance, and following specific training regimens. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in home care, North Coast Home Care Assistance can help. Our care workers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.   

The Initial Study

Initial evaluation of the iStoppFalls programme involved 96 seniors having an average age of 75. The group wore the specially designed pendant while at home. The internal software analysed the cognitive, psychological, and sensorimotor abilities of each adult for one week. The information obtained during the study proved more extensive than simply performing gait assessments in a clinical setting.

After receiving the pertinent data, seniors were encouraged to participate in PC/Kinect-based exercise games, which are designed to prevent falls. They engaged in the Exergame training at least thrice a week. During this time, sensors continued monitoring physical capability along with optional heart rate. By using the programme, seniors achieved greater balance and physical ability, which reduced the likelihood of falling and increased independence.

By reducing falls, seniors can enjoy an enhanced quality of life free from injury, extended recuperation times, and expensive medical care. The iStoppFalls programme was created by top scientists from Australia and Europe. The collaboration of research and technology hopes to capably provide customised solutions for older adults.

Using iStoppFalls is not the only way seniors can age in the comfort of home. With the benefit of a government-subsidised North Coast home care package, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life while ageing in place. Put your trust in Home Care Assistance to provide the care your elderly loved one needs and deserves. Our dedicated care workers are available around the clock to provide transportation, assist with cooking, and help with a wide array of household tasks. To create a customised home care package for your ageing loved one, call us at (02) 6646 3527 today.

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