Prototype walker that helps fallen elderly back on their feet.
Not only is falling in your home a great worry among elderly; the effort to pick them up is also one of the heaviest and most ergonomically complicated tasks in nursing care. For this reason, the engineers at the Stockholm-based Centre for Health and Building, CHB, were induced to build a helping device. The result is a wheeled walker that through its innovative design can help a fallen person back on his feet.
The walker is both useful for an elderly couple where the partners are not strong enough to help each other up if one of them falls and as an aid device to reduce the physical burden for people working within home care. The walker is at the moment a prototype under evaluation available in CHB’s Full Scale Living Laboratory where R&D projects within home care is undertaken. The first assessment is already done with a group of people aged 75 years and older. In the next round people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease will test its function. The results will be published in a couple of months’ time.
Source: Interview with Professor Tore J Larsson at the Centre for Health and Building 16th of November 2011