Evaluation of shock absorbing floor as a preventive measure in caring homes

Reference number
Coordinator STOCKHOLMS KOMMUN - Stureby vård och omsorgsboende
Funding from Vinnova SEK 421 600
Project duration September 2016 - November 2019
Status Completed
Venture Medtech4Health: Innovators in the healthcare sector
Call Medtech4Health: Innovators in the healthcare sector 2016

Purpose and goal

The goal of developing the conditions for the floor prototype´s possibilities to be used in elderly care has the project generated a result that points to optimized area of use is in new construction of retirement homes. By constructing the floor prototype, the company has been given feedback in ongoing operations, which has provided the innovator and partners with the prerequisites for carrying out relevant tests. The purpose of the project has been focused on fall-damping effects and mounting consequences.

Expected results and effects

The use of floor space in ongoing activities in elderly care has provided valuable and relevant feedback. The feedback makes it possible to further develop in accordance with the results that have arisen. A development in the project generated new partners over flooring. We are convinced that the new floor will lead to greatly reduced costs within the healthcare system and reduce people´s suffering.

Planned approach and implementation

Construction: The prototype´s damping properties have been compared with other floor solutions available on the market. Increased drag resistance generated tests for wheel width and wheel diameter on existing aids. Assembly: Different adhesive properties have been tested to see the effect on impression marks and drag resistance. Collaboration with the flooring company was changed to another where new upper floor was mounted with a wall facing up. Work environment: Personnel have provided qualitative feedback for customary tasks in their work.

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