Finnish smart floor arrives
Finnish smart floor arrives in Australian aged care homes (nursing homes) thanks to architects ThomsonAdsett
In a first for the Southern Hemisphere, the architectural firm has installed the Elsi Smart Floor system at two NSW aged care homes (nursing homes).
The floors, which were rolled out internationally in 2011, use sensor technology embedded under most flooring surfaces to detect movement. Since then, it has been installed in over 2,000 aged care homes (nursing homes).
The technology is the next step up in monitoring residents as well as predicting their behaviour prediction, according to Rob Puflett, partner at ThomsonAdsett’s Sydney studio.
The practice has put them into two aged care homes (nursing homes) in Sydney’s Gordon and Newcastle – Twilight Aged Care’s Horton House and Tinonee Gardens Multicultural Village.
Some aged care homes (nursing homes) utilise pressure pads to determine when residents get out of bed, but these are often unreliable.
Falls are a main cause of harm in aged care, with almost one in three older Australians being injured in a fall every year.