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We are conducting a study with full wheelchair and scooter users 60 years old and older to gather information on preferences and barriers to use of a fall detection device designed specifically for wheelchair and scooter users. Falls are a common occurrence among wheelchair and scooter users. Studies show that around 30-50% of wheelchair users have experienced significant injuries resulting from a fall. In addition, research indicates that laying on the floor/ground for an extended time after a fall results in a greater risk of injury. Due to the injurious nature of falls, the development of a fall detection device specifically for wheelchair and scooter users is necessary. At this stage of development, we are testing the prototype we have made that can automatically detect falls. The first part of the study consists of two active older adult wheelchair users who will wear the device around the community for 2 weeks.
The device will simply collect data and determine if the algorithm is able to detect falls. The participants will keep a log of a fall calendar to see if there are any instances where the device did not detect a fall. This part of the study consists of only data collection and not using the device as a fall recovery sensor. These participants will be given $30 for their time. The second part of Phase 3, we will give the prototype fall detection device to 20 participants wear for 12 weeks. The prototype will record any falls you experience but should not be relied upon to summon assistance in the event of a fall. They will be asked to perform your normal activities of daily living while wearing the device. The prototype will be able to call emergency services. They will also be asked to fill out surveys related to your health history, community participation, quality of life and participate in an interview after wearing the device. Participants will be compensated $60 for participation.
If you are interested in participating, please contact us at: or 217-333-4650.