Published: 06/02/2003, Volume II3, No. 5841 Page 6

Installing fall detectors and 'lifestyle monitors' in older people's homes could reduce hospital admissions, enable earlier discharges from wards and delay entry to care and nursing homes, according to a study funded by care home provider Anchor Trust.Researchers Dr Simon Brownsell, from Barnsley District General Hospital, and Professor David Bradley from the University of Abertay, Dundee, estimated that the use of remote monitoring systems by 11,600 older people in a city the size of Birmingham over a decade could save£3.8m.They estimated that extending these services nationally would save the NHS and social services£100m.

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