Train large dogs to come alongside older people as they start to fall and block the fall.
Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?
This would be suitable for older people who are liable to fall and who like dogs! The dogs would have to be trained. This would have the added advantage of providing companionship. There would have to be provision for someone to walk the dog, or maybe they could run alongside a mobility scooter? This would be a fun way of preventing falls and would have no stigma attached.
This dog could stop you falling!
What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
See if the people who train dogs to help in various situations would be willing to train a couple of dogs for this as an experiment.
What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?
Does anyone have experience in training dogs for specific tasks?
How long has your idea existed?
Tell us about your work experience:
I work in Africa in training.