Short description: Falls are one of the most common accidents in old age. In 70% of cases, activities of daily living, mobility are impaired, 2% lead to death. Especially in inpatient facilities (nursing home, assisted living) prevention, early detection is important looking at the healthcare costs because of falls.
Market potential: In 2021, 19.2 % of the country population was 65+ (~ 1.7 million). By 2030, it will exceed 25%. 1/3 to 1/2 of people 65+ fall at least once a year. There are ~83000 care places and ~900 nursing homes.
Timing: There are fall detection systems on the market. They are prone to error messages, are bypassed or disliked by seniors to use/wear. Error messages, false reports create extra work for caregivers.
Desired result: A fall prevention and detection system, that does not interfere with the privacy of the residents, is reliable and helps nursing staff in their daily work. The system should not require extra effort for staff and saves time compared to existing systems. Safe and has a minimum on false alarms.
Information on challenge owner: Public institute for elderly people.
Keywords: Geriatrics; Safety for elderly; Fall detection; Fall prevention; Monitoring equipment