Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) is using artificial intelligence to reduce fall risk among older adults.

CESLC is utilizing VSTBalance by VirtuSense, an automated fall-risk assessment tool that uses AI to identify an individual’s issues with balance, gait, and related functions, the three main indicators of potential for falls.

The program has been shown to reduce falls by residents of post-acute care by 73% and improve mobility among residents of assisted living and independent living by 85%, notes Anand Balasubramanian, program director for Select Rehabilitation in the CESLC Therapy Services and Wellness department.

“In addition to enhancing mobility among residents, the technology provides automated standardized testing, which allows us to create more effective individual care plans,” he says. “Residents particularly enjoy the biofeedback games that help to reduce fall-risk and improve mobility.”

Founded in 1910, Charles E. Smith Life Communities is a nonprofit organization serving more than 1,100 older adults daily on its 38-acre campus in Rockville, MD. Services offered include independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term care, and post-acute care.