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Plus-Up Aid

A Plus-Up ceiling railway, connected to a harness, creating a safe circulation

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

It is designed for older adults to navigate them safely in indoor spaces (houses, hospitals) preventing them from falling and blocking its surrounding symptoms, which older adults are usually its victims

    Falls have sadly become a very common problem amongst older adults leaving behind it dicey consequences ranging from morbidity to mortality. Falls, nowadays, constitute two-thirds of these deaths. In the United States, about three-fourths of deaths due to falls occur in the 13% of the population aging 65 years and above, indicative of primarily a geriatric syndrome. About 40% of this age group living at home fall at least once a year, and about 1 in 40 of them are being hospitalized. Of those admitted to hospital after a fall, only 50% will make it alive for the next year. Furthermore, those repeated falls are very common precipitators of nursing home admissions.    

     From here, we conclude that we are facing a crucial problem and it is mandatory to take immediate measures to try and put it to an end. Hence, the Plus-Up Aid idea emerged. It is basically a customized adaptable ceiling railway network spreading throughout a house/indoor area from which ropes descend. 

        

   A harness is suspended from the ropes worn by the elder. This system is a safe navigation tool for the old adult in his own house making him independent and preventing him from the risk of falling. The adult is free to rotate as he desires in 360 degrees and in every direction. This renders the old man’s home into a harmonious entity to age in place. This system is very friendly to the elder even when it comes to sitting/standing and packing itself when the user is asleep.  



     It is an extremely feasible design from many branches. Economically speaking, municipalities in the US provide financial assistance programs, often called “nursing home diversion programs,” or “deferred payment loans” that are not funded by Medicaid. These programs, which may include grants or loans or a combination, helps pay for modifications that enable low to moderate income elderly and disabled to remain living at home. Modifications covered typically include accessibility improvements like wheelchair ramps, handrails and grab bars, and some may be used for major home improvements, that can clear the door thresholds unifying the railing network, which makes movement easy through the house.

 

Moreover, reducing the number of falls reduces the medication costs.    

    An addition to this design is an application that enables contact between the older adult directly and his family members. This application allows the members to view the health conditions of the older adult from heart rate to pulse… on their devices. Moreover, it provides the location and movement of the adult and a live camera stream. Most importantly, it has a call option in case of emergencies. 



     To cocoon things up, this design should be in every elder’s house because it gives him the graceful life in his final days.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

It is highly recommended to be experimented in my grandparents home or the assisted facility in our neighborhood.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

To get financial resources to transform the design concept into industrially-applicable facility to users.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 4 months - 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

Tell us about your work experience:

A group of three landscape architecture students who have approached elderly and disability when approaching design in previous design studios.

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