Living Lab Balance and Preventing Falls–Languedoc-Roussillon

H. Blain, J. Bousquet
2015 Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine  
The continued aging of the population (4 of 10 over 60 years old in 2030 in Limousin area) and the constant increase of mental disability and cognitive impairment imply to reconsider the care of dependent elderly people in terms of quality and safety of care. Therefore a nearby offer with a suitable and safe support in preventing the loss of autonomy of the dependent elderly can be proposed. The use of information and communications technology is a major issue in the prevention of autonomy loss
more » ... and the deleterious consequences of care delays. Issue Assessment of a remote automated monitoring system (non-intrusive camera) dedicated to the elderly in retirement homes (accommodation for the dependent elderly) and UCC (cognitive behavioral unit); the system relies on innovative behavior-based technology enabling the detection of risk situations. The implementation of this project will allow measuring the improvement in health and personal safety, as well as the financial impact for healthcare facilities. Objectives of the action -Technology Assessment impacts on slowing progression of the patient dependency and accelerating its support in case of danger; -Evaluation of the impact of technology on reassurance (and confidence) of family caregivers, on the quality and safety of care and accommodation -Evaluation of technology's impact on the activity of health professionals (responsiveness early warning of hazards, behavior analysis.) and the evolution of organizations in medium and long stay geriatric units. Introduction The fall is defined as being driven to the ground from his height unintentionally. Approximately 30% of subjects aged 65 and over living at home experience at least one fall per year and one third of them are recurrent fallers. Approximately 30% of falls induce a complication that requires medical consultation, the fracture is responsible for about 10% of these complications. Falls are the third leading cause of years lived with disability and one of the leading causes of hospitalization. The falls also have psychological consequences, such as fear of falling and loss of
doi:10.1016/j.rehab.2015.07.136 fatcat:bxwdxjwlhnguvebx7of7de2lwu