PA Consulting’s work with Essex County Council (ECC) to explore the potential of a new adult social care service using wearable technology – like socks and slippers – to help residents at risk of falls is profiled in Care & Nursing Essentials.
The project between PA and ECC will explore how wearable technology such as smart socks and slippers can collect real-time data on the movements and vital signs of a wearer’s lower limbs – their gait, strength and balance. This would then alert the wearer or a health or care professional to warning signs that a fall is imminent. Preventative action could then be taken to avoid the fall, such as taking some rest or drinking some water. As the article reports, ECC and PA aim to use this innovative technology for the first time in the UK with residents in Essex.
Robert Turnbull, local government and care technology expert at PA Consulting, says: “It’s tremendously exciting to be working in partnership with ECC. The innovation that we are exploring has the potential to be truly lifechanging.
“PA has unmatched experience in bringing ingenuity to life in the care sector. We have a proven track record of innovative uses of technology to improve the lives of vulnerable adults, building a positive human future. We’re excited to be working with ECC on this project. ECC and PA share a passion for care technology and its ability to make a real difference to vulnerable people and their carers.”