An app that prevents trips and falls in the home
 Posted on 26/03/2014 - 16:40
Idea Outline
'Fall Proof' is a web app that reduces the risk of trips & falls in the home. It will ask older people (& their friends & relatives) a series of questions about their home and provide a personalised report with tailored advice & support information.

The Challenge
Housing presents a significant challenge for many local authorities, with a growing percentage of disabled and elderly residents living in homes with hazards that contribute to poor health such as pneumonia, asthma, mental health and injuries resulting from falls. One third of people over the age of 65 experience a fall at least once a year. Having a fall when you are elderly can have a devastating effect, 1 in 10 people become too afraid to leave their homes, and they gradually become more isolated and less engaged in activities that keep them healthy. Injuries resulting from falls have a huge impact on costs for social and health services and with an ever increasing aging population is is important to focus on services that keep older people healthy and promote independence.

The Solution

Most information available about staying safe at home is not personal, and tends to target the elderly themselves, who quite often don't want to admit that are at risk of falling. We want to develop a web app that provides a personalised, practical to do list to ensure that their elderly people know how to make their homes are 'Fall Proof'. The tool will suggest simple step-by-step changes and link to recommended local services for home adaptations and support services. The initial idea is for a self assessment questionnaire that provides tailored reports based on information submitted about the home. This will include the option to submit photos of the home as well as answering a series of questions. We would use the Call 1 funding to develop the concept further development.

Target group and social impact
‘Fall Proof’ will be targetted at older people, their friends and their relatives. It will benefit older people by giving them the information and support they need to prevent trips and falls at home. It will also provide worried friends and relatives with a place to find out more about the changes that should be made to give their loves ones increased independence at home. Health and social care providers could also use this tool if they are out visiting elderly residents at home. Service providers like these will benefit from reduced cost to their services, if everyone’s home is as safe as it can be there will be less applications for home adaptations to the council, less social care requirements, less hospital admissions and emergency call outs.

Competences of the applicant
We are service design and social innovation agency. We work with public sector organisations, private business and charities to create great user experiences. This idea came out of a project working with Teignbridge Council to understand the experiences of those who fall. We have the involvement of health and social professionals, digital skills and experience to make this service a success.

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Social Category
  • Health and Demographic Change

  • Tecnology Category
  • Mobile
  • Web/Internet

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    This is a great little idea that in a simple way can start to help people to help themselves and those they care about. I have previously assumed that older people can't use or aren't interested in using technology but like most assumptions I've been proved wrong! if you can design something that is engaging and intuitive to use this needn't be a barrier at all, in fact it's a great opportunity for older citizens to get involved and have a go!

    My residing memory of this day working with a range of social thinkers of all age groups, was that within 20 years the UK will have a significantly higher age demographic (60+ years) in each city, right across Britain.

    We need to begin to design relevant tools to help prevent falls and trips, and increase the opportunity for the 'new middle age' to live longer!