Falling is one of the biggest challenges facing people with dementia. On average, nursing home residents with dementia fall 4 times a year, compared to residents without dementia, who fall 2.3 times in the same environment. About 75 percent of falls go unwitnessed in bedrooms. This makes it hard for residents to get care quickly, particularly given that many have a hard time communicating what has happened. Falls often result in repeated trips to the hospital to rule out worse-case scenarios.
SafelyYou, a startup emanating from 2015 CITRIS seed funding, produces AI-enabled camera systems that detect, in real time, falls of individuals with dementia. This allows caretakers to provide assistance right away, to detect how falls happened, and identify patterns to prevent future falls. Non-fall video is automatically deleted within 60 seconds and no audio is recorded; only video of falls is saved for review. SafelyYou also provides consulting on preventing falls based on the videos.