Dumfries & Galloway’s largest housing association, Loreburn, are the first in the UK to pilot ARMED (Advanced Risk Modelling for Early Detection) to help predict those at risk of falling to enable faster support and better self-management.
The forward-thinking housing association, whose vision and mission is to create great places to live along with great services, believe that ARMED will promote independence whilst flagging up issues before problems arise.
Moira Charters, Head of Partnerships and New Initiatives said; “The ARMED solution has huge and exciting potential to support falls prevention and provides our customers, their families and carers, with a tech solution that provides peace of mind while allowing people to live independently at home, for as long as possible. Not only is this a positive outcome for our customers but it also supports the integrated health and social care system in the region by reducing unnecessary hospital admission and stays at a time of financial pressure.”
The pilot is already showing encouraging results. People involved have become more active and more aware of their exercise habits. Customers were heard asking each other how many steps they had taken that day and challenging each other to do more the next day. Customer began to realise how easy it was to spend much of the day seated. They also started to notice the correlation between increased amounts of exercise and their ability to have a restful night’s sleep.
As a result of ARMED’s real-time monitoring a customer was found to have decreased heart rate at a similar time each day. This information was relayed to the customer’s GP, and following examination, this was treated with medication.
One of the customers involved said; “This new technology is providing us with something that we haven’t got but that’s desperately needed. My wife has dementia and this technology could help keep us living together for longer, and also give our family reassurance.”
ARMED is being showcased at the International Technology Enabled Care Conference (iTEC) 2017 taking place The ICC (International Convention Centre), in Birmingham on Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th October 2017.
Delegates can join a session by Brian Brown, CM2000’s Director of Preventative Solutions, at the Innovation Stage at 11.45 on Tuesday 17th October.
For more information on ARMED contact Brian on 01475 305105 or firstname.lastname@example.org