Falls and Seniors: The Importance of Fall Detection & Prevention

A very important issue to be aware of in today’s aging population is the risk of falling in seniors. In fact, according to the CDC 1 of 3 seniors over the age of 65 will fall every year. An even more shocking figure, 20,000 of those falls will unfortunately be fatal. With 2.3 million seniors being hospitalized for fall-related injuries, each year. The average cost of falling in seniors in the United States alone is about $30 billion dollars. 


Falls can result in serious injuries for seniors, including fractures and broken bones, and even severely impact one’s mental health. Leading to anxiety and stress over falling and getting hurt again in the future, impacting a senior’s daily life and activities. Many seniors may live alone and therefore it is very important to be aware of ways to mitigate and prevent falls in and out of the home. 


What can you do


  • Engage in Light Exercise


Experts suggest that engaging in light exercise every day can help ease the risk of falling in seniors. It is important to consult a doctor first to ensure if and what type of exercise will be helpful. It will allow the body to stay fit, healthy and strong. Helping with balancing and strengthening muscles. 


  • Be Aware of Your Medication


Many medications can lead to dizziness, drowsiness, and other side effects that maximize the risk of losing balance and falling. It is important to be aware of these side effects so a senior can behave accordingly and limit any activities that require a lot of movement after taking medication, as it may result in a fall. 


  • Edit Your Surroundings


Certain furniture and decor in the home may increase the risk of falling in seniors. This includes items such as loose rugs, unbalanced furniture, slippery floors and other obstacles. Removing these items and making the home more accessible. Adding features like grab bars in bathrooms, and stair chair lifts, will help minimize the risk of falling, and make seniors more comfortable. 


  • Invest in Fall Detection Devices


In the event of a fall, it is important to notify a caregiver or loved one so that they may help the senior as soon as possible. Especially if they are injured and have trouble getting help themselves. The Touchless Camera-Free Fall Detection sensor(s) connected to the SenSights Care app would notify caregivers if the fall occurred, so they can provide timely help to the seniors. 


About SenSights Care 


Our SenSights Care Tablet Solution makes monitoring seniors and patients with chronic conditions like Wandering, Memory, Falling, Wellness, Diabetes, COPD/CHF and other illnesses like COVID-19 effortless and convenient. The use of audio, video and text communication via phone and popular social media platforms (WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube)  would help seniors to be constantly connected to the 24/7 nurse help desk in the region. The circle of care: nurses, family, other healthcare providers and caregivers can set up customized geofences to make monitoring wandering people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease easier. To track the location of the senior, caregivers could use his/her phone, smartwatch or other smart tracking devices. When the wandering occurs, the caregivers are immediately notified. 


The Touchless Camera-Free Fall Detection sensor(s) connected to the SenSights Care app would notify caregivers if the fall occurred, so they can provide timely help to the seniors. Contactless Wellness Monitoring is also available for seniors via our  Veyetals app embedded in SenSights Care Solution. So, forgetting to put on wearables for health monitoring is not an issue anymore. The main indicators that are tracked include Falls, Activity, Ambient Sensing, Geolocation, Steps, Heart Rate, Heart Rate Variability, Respiration Level, Temperature, Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose. The family members and doctors could also be added to the circle of care and receive medical alerts in case of health deterioration or emergency. The remote health monitoring is secure and Ontario verified. 


What is the SenSights.AI Platform? 


We are a North American-based startup that provides comprehensive capabilities for home care organizations to manage their senior care services using state-of-art AI and 5G technologies and allow for a greater independence. We are uniquely positioned as we are the only one with a combination of

  • Wandering GPS tracking and geofence creation
  • Device-less or contactless wellness monitoring
  • Ambient or touchless fall detection
  • Comprehensive Mobile, Tablet and Web Solution for Seniors, Caregivers and Agencies
  • Complete Out of box Telehealth and TeleMedicine Platform with integration with over 15+ smart devices and several leading EMRs/EHRs like PointClick Care, Cerner and many more in pipeline
  • Over 40+ Data Scientists, Engineers and Medical Advisors to help integrate and improve digital transformation journey of our client with services, products and platform focused on senior market


We provide the best in class health platform for patient engagement, remote monitoring and virtual care. Patients are guided on smartphones, tablets and computers from preparation through recovery with the help of reminders, education and activity tracking. Providers can receive alerts, monitor patients and access analytics to deliver better care. Health systems use SenSights Care to improve patient satisfaction while reducing hospital length of stay, readmissions, and costs.


Sensights Care  would like to work with you to help you grow your business with our unique business model of sharing revenue with healthcare providers.


Book a consultation today to see how can help digitally transform your healthcare organization at https://sensights.ai/contact-us/ 

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