I am trying to solve the issue of seniors having falls in their home, and not reporting it to their doctors or caregivers, which results in more falls that could have been prevented through action. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 50% of falls are reported to doctors or caregivers. (http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/future-planning/prevent-falls-at-home.aspx).
There are many ways to help prevent future falls, and seniors speaking with a doctor can figure out what changes can be made for each individual (http://www.interimhealthcare.com/education-center/fall-prevention/visiting-the-doctor). Falls can be prevented through better lighting, better organization of items used around the house, extra railings on stairs, pet safety and more. But the discussion needs to be had with a professional to figure out what is right for each individual.
A cheap, functional smart watch could be provided to all seniors, or at least those who have had a fall or may be considered at risk for a fall, and the accelerometer can link up to a system that would notify the doctor or caregiver of the fall. Then, the doctor or caregiver could call the senior and make an appointment to discuss prevention techniques for each individual’s home situation.