10 apartments with fall alarm and long-term activity monitoring

In Novem­ber 2015, within the scope of the Euro­pean fun­ding pro­ject UNCAP, ten bed­rooms and bath­rooms in the Höhen­kir­chen seni­or resi­dence were equip­ped with the lar­ge sur­face Sen­s­Flo­or sys­tem. In 10 addi­tio­nal rooms, Sen­s­Flo­or sen­sor mats imme­dia­te­ly trig­ger an alarm to the care staff when a per­son tri­es to get up. With this sys­tem, a sta­tis­ti­cal inves­ti­ga­ti­on during the next two years aims to estab­lish the fall detec­tion rate and eva­lua­te the sup­port given by a fall pre­ven­ti­on tool. In 2007, the manage­ment of the resi­dence also joi­n­ed a fall pre­ven­ti­on pro­gram initia­ted by the Ger­man health insu­rance com­pa­ny AOK, inclu­ding very detail­ed fall sta­tis­tics. Now this excel­lent data­ba­se will be available for the sta­tis­ti­cal eva­lua­ti­on of the Sen­s­Flo­or sys­tem in the UNCAP project.

The Sen­s­Flo­or sys­tem was instal­led under tiles in the bath­rooms and under PVC in the living-are­as. In this UNCAP pro­ject a fall alert is being for­ward­ed from the exis­ting SECARE nur­se call sys­tem (from the com­pa­ny MINOS) to the care­gi­vers on their pagers.

Sen­s­Flo­or also acti­va­tes LED name pla­tes on each door. This way the care per­son­nel can even detect while pas­sing by if the nur­­se-call sys­tem has been acti­va­ted, if a resi­dent has left his bed, if a fall has been detec­ted and if a nur­se is in the bedroom.

Within the next two years, the pro­ject will help opti­mi­sing the Sen­s­Flo­or sys­tem. After many years of fall sta­tis­tics, we will be able to pro­ve sta­tis­ti­cal­ly the effi­ci­en­cy of the Sen­s­Flo­or and also eva­lua­te its finan­cial benefits.

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