Fall prevention is a central
question for the health and life quality of elderly. There are technical approaches
for mitigating the risks of elderly falling, however there seems to be problem connected
to motivation and knowledge about fall risks and fall prevention. A study on
care personnel at a residential aged care (RAC) center about their understanding about
fall prevention, indicates problems. The results show that only 26.5% of care staff know about the
high fall risks of the residents. Also, the knowledge about risk factors was
limited, for example only 18 % connected medication to fall risk (Francis‐Coad,

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Sentiments among
elderly with fall risk is not encouraging either. Many do abstain from taking
part in fall prevention programs if they see them as unnecessary, not relevant
for them or not appropriate (Yardley, 2006). The numbers of adherence to fall
prevention methods are low, averaging about 50 % (Nyman and Victor, 2012), down
to 10% (Dickinson et al., 2011). Even people who have had fall accidents with
hospital visits as result, hesitates to engage into fall prevention.

Technology is good, but creating understanding and motivation is the crucial factor. The Front-VL project works with solutions that provides self-understanding about risk behaviour and connects this to suggestion for actions that makes everyday safer. The aim is to provide feedback between self insights, changes of life-style and home environment and decrease in risk behaviour.

Francis‐Coad J,
Hang J‐A, Etherton‐Beer C, Ellis A, Hill
A‐M. Evaluation of care staff knowledge,
confidence, motivation and opportunity for preventing falls in residential aged
care settings: A cross‐sectional survey. Int J Older People Nurs.

Yardley L,
Donovan-Hall M, Francis K, Todd C. (2006) Older people’s views of advice about
falls prevention: A qualitative study. Health Education
and Research; 21: 508–517.

Dickinson, A., Machen,
I., Horton, K., Jain, D., Maddex, T. and Cove, J. (2011), “Fall prevention in
the community: what older people say they need”, British Journal of Community
Nursing, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 174-80.