A wearable solution that identifies health risks in elderly people living at home has been implemented by Cardiff Council as part of its telecare response service.
ARMED (Advanced Risk Modelling for Early Detection) software, developed by HAS Technology, was adopted by the council as it seeks to put preventative care measures in place for its communities and residents.
ARMED is designed to empower users with access to data, allowing for better self-management, whilst care professionals can be quickly alerted to potential issues.
Twenty Cardiff residents have so far been identified as having a potential ‘falls risk’ and provided with ARMED’s wearable smart watches, so that their sleep and mobility data can be remotely monitored.
Aaron Edwards, implementation and delivery manager at Cardiff Council, and chair of the Assistive Technology Network for Wales, was keen to put preventative measures in place during the pandemic.
“I was worried that the pandemic would increase falls further. Research shows a clear link between those who fall frequently and serious injury or entry into residential care.
“With this assistive technology, our residents are able to monitor their daily health and mobility, and our professional support network will be alerted to any potential risk trends. As this point, we may speak to their GP, the Independent Living Service, or Community Rehab physios and put a plan in place to manage falls prevention.”
Following advice from health and social care professionals in the UK to switch to remote interaction where possible, ARMED has been adapted to be implemented remotely during the pandemic, minimising service user contact but maximising the ability for stratifying risk.
Brian Brown, director of HAS Technology’s ARMED service, added: “We are delighted to be working with Cardiff Council on their Telecare project. ARMED has not only shown how assistive technology can be of benefit during a time of crisis, but also how it can support the sector as we move forward to a new normal way of working.
“We are all anticipating additional pressures as the pandemic progresses and our wearable technology really highlights how having remote but real time access to data can support preventative measures. The goal is to ultimately improve the life of the end user and help them to age well.”
Telecare Cardiff is asking anyone in the local area who has fallen in the last 24 hours to join the project, with the goal of preventing as many falls as possible and scaled widely across the Cardiff area from September onwards.
Caption: Cardiff resident Muriel has been using ARMED technology for the last month.