Telecare business Essence SmartCare has introduced what it claims to be the first multi-dimensional fall detection solution to the global care market.
MDsense is designed to monitor falls by using only wall-mounted sensors rather than wearable devices, enabling carers to react quickly.
It has no sound or video function, operates 24/7, works in light or dark rooms, is waterproof and can differentiate between multiple people and pets.
Essence says that current fall detection solutions suffer from “inaccuracy and lack of reliability”, with a high ratio of false alarms reported by major service providers as the greatest pain point in dealing with senior falls.
Research by the company found that less than half of those in residential care wear fall detection devices, significantly increasing the risk of reliance on wearable technology for falls management.
Dr Haim Amir, founder and CEO of Essence Group, said: “Current fall monitoring systems leave the responsibility for alerting carers about a fall to the [service user]. MDsense enables independence and is always there, ready to support when needed, offering real peace of mind for both the cared-for and the carer. With this global launch, we now provide complete fall protection in every room, which current classic Telecare solutions cannot provide.”
Barak Katz, general manager, Essence SmartCare commented: “Our vision at Essence SmartCare is to use technology to make lives better. We believe that our multi-dimensional technology will make the walls of care facilities smarter and ultimately make the home safer, allowing elderly and vulnerable people to live longer, better, with fewer worries about falling which impact their freedom and self-esteem.”
Building on current evolving digital telecare solutions, MDsense is part of Essence’s Care@Home, a certified, cloud-connected advanced telecare solution.
Care@Home uses AI and Machine Learning to continuously collect actionable data to ensure ongoing learning, enabling accurately rapid response to fall events, better care management and more positive outcomes.