Centre for Pain Research

Wearable fall detectors for people with dementia

Jason Leake, PhD Research Student

Bath Centre for Pain Research is conducting research into wearable fall detectors for people with dementia. Elderly people with dementia are twice as likely to suffer falls as those without, and the outcomes following a fall are often worse.

We are studying ways of improving the accuracy of fall detection, by leveraging physiological measurements to provide confirmation of a possible fall detected by accelerometers. We are also working with carers to find out the most appropriate physical characteristics of fall detectors to ensure that they are acceptable and suitable for people with dementia.

This work is being done in collaboration with engineers and industrial designers based at Designability, the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering.