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Smart wristbands predict fall risk in Dumfries and Galloway homes

A social landlord in southern Scotland is using new technology to try to predict the potential risk of falling for residents of its sheltered housing.

The smart waterproof wristband monitors the wearer’s vital health signs 24 hours a day. Loreburn Housing Association hopes it can help prevent falls and reduce costs to the NHS. It said the technology could allow people to live independently in their own home for longer.

The wearable device detects early indicators of frailty, such as low grip strength, muscle mass, hydration levels, low heart rate and heart rate variability.

Predictive analytics modelling – developed in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University – then uses data to predict the risk of a potential fall and allow intervention.

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