Liverpool 5G Create installs AI-assisted tech for preventing falls

Liverpool 5G Create has installed the first artificial intelligence-led (AI) technology to reduce falls among residents in two of the region’s care homes.

The health, social care and education project, which runs until March 2022, has begun two care home use cases for the Vitalerter devices at Breckside Park Residential Home and Rowan Garth Care Village.

Vitalerter uses AI in a sensor under a care home bed to learn the movement pattern of the resident so staff can assist to reduce the number of falls. The movement-detecting sensor also notifies care providers when those at risk of pressure sores may need help in turning over, or where residents have already turned and so don’t need to be disturbed. According to government statistics, older people living in care homes are three times more likely to fall and 40% of hospital admissions from care homes follow a fall.

The project will provide free 5G connectivity to improve health and social care alongside the installation of the Vitalerter devices. Breckside Park Residential Home in the Anfield area of the city is the first care home in the region to receive the technology upgrade.

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