Relevance to Aging
Falls can result in serious injuries for older adults including hip, pelvic, and wrist fractures. Injuries might trigger an extended hospital stay or placement in assisted living/long-term care. Suffering a fall decreases walking confidence, leading to reduced mobility.
Description of Technology
A pressure-sensitive mat placed under the mattress will
identify how people use their hands to get up, if they are balanced in their weight support, and whether they need to bounce and rock to generate momentum when rising out of bed.
Goals of Research
To identify mobility changes at home that may allow for early intervention to prevent falls and fractures.
To provide the health care team with information about patient mobility gains or declines upon return home from rehabilitation.