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Taking Care launch the first consumer device designed to identify a risk of a fall

Taking Care Prevent is the first of it's kind service, designed to improve the health outcomes of older vulnerable customers by reducing the likelihood of a fall.

June 07, 2022

Falls prevention solution launched

Taking Care launch Taking Care Prevent; the first consumer device designed to identify a risk of a future fall occurring.

Falls have a widely recognised negative impact on health outcomes for older vulnerable people, often being the entry point to the "cycle of frailty" that leads to successively higher injuries occurring as a result of each successive fall.

But by taking action and providing a graduated risk of falling, during which time period interventions can be made, you are able to avoid the likelihood of the fall actually happening.

Taking Care Prevent harnesses the benefits of wearable technology and the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) via ARMED (Advanced Risk Modelling for Early Detection) to proactively prevent falls.

Taking Care Prevent is designed to:

  • Encourage mobility and a healthy lifestyle
  • Detect frailty and the risk of falls early
  • Reduce the risk of falls and hospital admissions
  • Support people to live more independently in their own homes for longer

Using a highly accurate wearable device, Taking Care Prevent is able to monitor activity levels, inactivity levels and sleep hygiene for a loved one or customer on an ongoing basis.

The data collected is synced via an app to a cloud platform that uses an AI algorithm to identify 4 levels of risk of falling, all based on the loved one or customer's past patterns of behaviour/mobility.

Our Taking Care Prevention Team proactively respond to any ‘high’ risk factors and will contact the loved one or customer to:

  • Discuss the underlying data that has driven the elevated risk
  • Gain a clear understanding of the reason for the change
  • Agree on an improvement/action plan and diarise a follow-up date to review the impact of the agreed actions.

The loved one or customer is also supported by information and activity sheets that contain helpful information for them to follow.

This first of it's kind service has been designed to improve the health outcomes of older vulnerable customers by reducing the likelihood that a fall occurs. To support the service, the Taking Care Prevent Team have a range of resources that they can share with the loved one or customer to specifically counteract/counterbalance the change in mobility or sleep patterns that have led to an elevated risk of falling and can use the device data to monitor any improvement that results from the agreed Action Plan.

Taking Care and ARMED are proud to be working with some fantastic partners in the “Move More Live More Northern Ireland” consortium. Including Age NI, Ulster University, Big Motive, Elemental (social prescribing platform) together with NHS Health & Social Care Board Digital and Southern Health Trust to pilot delivery of pre-fall preventive services.

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