Effectiveness of Sensing and Feedback Alerting Smart Cane System: An Assisted Device for Geriatric Population to Prevent Falling

Authors

  • Thanthoni S
  • Kumaresan A
  • Prathap Suganthirababu
  • Surya Vishnuram
  • Jagatheesan Alagesan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/dxdad689

Keywords:

Fall, Smart Cane, Elderly Population.

Abstract

Background: The main cause of injury-related death among the elderly is falling. The smart cane is a type of
assistive tool. A smart cane’s electronic sensors provide feedback and alert users to potential hazards, assisting
users in keeping their balance while moving around.
Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of a smart cane system for the elderly population that integrates feedback
alerts and sensors to reduce falls.
Materials and Methods: A Randomized Controlled Trial was done in elderly resort with 30 sample allocated into
two group using lottery method .group-A receives conventional training using cane with quadripod base , while
the group-B receives smart cane training using quadripod base .modified two-point gait pattern is employed for
2 months of training. The outcome measure used for physical measure is Elderly Mobility Scale (EMS) and for
psychological is Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC,s).
Results: According to the statistical analysis of the elderly mobility scale outcome measure, there were substantial changes
in mobility and a decreased risk of falling .Based on the ABCs scale, when comparing the pre-test and post-test values, the
experimental group’s confidence in daily living is superior to the control group.
Conclusion: According to the study’s findings, a smart assistive cane can help the elderly population both physically and
psychologically. During the gait training, the user of the smart assistive gadget did not encounter any unfavorable therapyrelated
consequences.

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Author Biographies

  • Thanthoni S

    Post Graduate, Saveetha College Of Physiotherapy, Saveetha Institute Of Medical & Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

  • Kumaresan A

    Professor,Saveetha College Of Physiotherapy,Saveetha Institute Of Medical & Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

  • Prathap Suganthirababu

    Professor, Saveetha College Of Physiotherapy, Saveetha Institute Of Medical & Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

  • Surya Vishnuram

    Tutor, Saveetha College Of Physiotherapy, Saveetha Institute Of Medical & Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

  • Jagatheesan Alagesan

    Professor, Saveetha College Of Physiotherapy, Saveetha Institute Of Medical & Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

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Published

2024-01-21

How to Cite

Effectiveness of Sensing and Feedback Alerting Smart Cane System: An Assisted Device for Geriatric Population to Prevent Falling. (2024). Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy - An International Journal, 18(5), 358-362. https://doi.org/10.37506/dxdad689