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Elderly care : The ‘magic carpet’

January, 2013

Did you know that over 50% of hospital admissions for the over 65’s is due to a trip or fall? A scary statistic and one that the University of Manchester wanted to do something about! Care for elderly people was paramount in their studies and with advancements in maths, science, engineering and tomography all being brought together, Dr Patricia Scully and her team of researchers have announced a new invention…

The ‘magic carpet’ that could stop the elderly falling over; a breakthrough in technology and elderly care! Laid on the underlay of a carpet or flooring optical fibres woven into the ‘magic carpet’ monitor steps and can warn of changes in walking styles, predicting a fall.

The scientists at the University of Manchester believe this new technology could be fitted to residential care homes for the elderly, hospitals and even home carpets for the piece of mind for those providing home care for elderly people.

Not only can the ‘magic carpet’ identify gradual changes in walking behaviour or a sudden incident such as a fall or trip, but it can also assist in care for elderly people in other ways. Dr Scully said: ‘The carpet can gather a wide range of information about a person’s condition; from biomechanical to chemical sensing of body fluids, enabling holistic sensing to provide an environment that detects and responds to changes in patient condition.

Now that’s magic!

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