AgeWell Biometrics Equilibrium: Balance Assessment App
As seniors age, their risk of falling increases. Reduced eyesight, hearing, and reflexes can make it more difficult for seniors to prevent a fall from happening, and other factors like nerve problems, confusion, muscle weakness, and balance issues can increase the chance of a senior falling.
Unfortunately, falls can be traumatic for seniors, resulting in broken bones and other serious injuries. And if seniors live alone, a fall could leave them unable to call for help or to get back up on their own.
That’s a risk that one innovative company is working to fight.
How AgeWell Biometrics Works to Reduce Senior Fall Risk
Enter AgeWell Biometric’s app, Equilibrium. This app is a balance assessment program that can help healthcare professionals to quickly and accurately evaluate a senior’s postural stability.
It makes for better monitoring of senior health, and can even help to identify a senior who may be at a heightened risk of a fall.
Equlibrium works by monitoring seniors for signs of musculoskeletal, neurological, and vestibular dysfunction that could indicate the seniors are at heightened risk of a fall.
The app collects each patient’s data, and that data can then be reviewed and analyzed. Equilibrium is cloud-based, and medical professionals can access the data via a web-based dashboard.
Thanks to Equilibrium’s algorithmic recommendations engine, the app creates an individualized treatment plan in response to the data that is collected.
The app can determine the most likely cause of a fall as evidenced by the data, and can identify the corresponding action that is best to prevent the fall.
The app then offers up a fall prevention program that has been tailored to the individual senior, and medical professionals working with the senior can help to implement that program.
The data can help to identify seniors who may be at risk of falling or incurring other preventable injuries, so medical professionals can address those risk factors and hopefully prevent falls before they ever occur.
What Makes Equilibrium Different
Unlike the high-tech diagnostics that you find in a doctor’s office or physical therapy facility, Equilibrium uses something that’s far more accessible – a smartphone’s sensors.
These sensors are capable of measuring movement in three dimensions, and Equilibrium uses those sensors to replicate the tests that physical therapists often use in their practices.
Equilibrium can also be paired with a tablet, fall pendant, adhesive sensor patches, Apple iWatch, and more.
Because Equilibrium is so accessible, it’s a practical option for just about anyone who works with seniors.
Home caregivers, physical therapists, doctors, and more can potentially use Equilibrium to help identify seniors who are at a high risk of falling.
The data that Equilibrium provides can identify weak muscles, balance issues, and other problems that might otherwise be overlooked – that is, until a fall occurred.
Then, healthcare professionals can use that data to make changes to improve the senior’s safety. This preventative action can consist of carefully selected exercises, environmental changes, and even changes to a senior’s diet or medical care.
The Benefits of Equilibrium
Equilibrium has been designed to be versatile, easy to use, and objective. It gives medical professionals a valuable tool that can help to identify risk before a senior has sustained a serious fall.
This unique app is preventative in nature, and is designed to spot those issues that otherwise might be overlooked.
Because the app is so portable, it can track data about a senior even without the use of a specialty monitor or other expensive device.
This app can be installed on many different devices – including a tablet or a smartphone – which makes it accessible to different medical professionals.
But Equilibrium does something else important, too – it gives medical professionals working with seniors the assessment skills of a physical therapist, even when a physical therapist may not be present.
Medical professionals can use Equilibrium to identify high-risk seniors who need intervention before a fall or other avoidable injuries do occur, and can then apply the specialized fall prevention program.
This can lead to an increased quality of health for seniors living alone or in assisted living facilities.
The Team Behind AgeWell Biometrics
AgeWell Biometrics was founded in 2013. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the company is powered by a tremendous management team.
- CEO Joshua Wies worked as a physical therapist for 21 years. His work was focused on eldercare issues and rehabilitation, and he brings this experience to the AgeWell Biometrics team.
- CTO Todd Walderman has worked with start-ups and innovation for 25 years. A seasoned technology executive, he has been recognized by NIH, NIDR, and the Smithsonian Institute.
- CSO Dr. Joan Lazenby is a University Senior Lecturer at the Cambridge University Engineering Department, and is a College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Engineering at Trinity College. She is also a co-founder of Geomerics & Pneumacare.
Looking to the Future
Currently, Equilibium is being used by outpatient physical therapy practices, as well as in assisted living facilities. The technology is being piloted in a variety of different settings.
Equilibrium could be a game-changer when it comes to fall risk assessment and prevention in seniors. It’s an innovative and unique way to put technology to work to help keep seniors safe and healthy.