84% decrease in falls in UK care home thanks to Artificial Intelligence

Local authorities equip an additional 500 living units with Nobi-lights

In 2023, the British care home Hartland House in Milnthorpe (Cumbria, UK) fitted 8 Nobi-lights for fall prevention and detection. This was part of a pilot project by the NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) of Lancashire & South-Cumbria. 

Discover in this case study how Nobi was able to support their claims in fall prevention, by effectively avoiding 4 in 5 falls – and how it convinced the ICB to install an additional 500 living units, spread over 50 care homes in the region.

The impact of falls​

The impact of falls in care homes in the UK is very profound, both for residents as well as their caregivers.

Each resident falls on average 3 times a year.
25% of fall incidents lead to a hospitalisation.
50% of people lying on the floor for over an hour, die within 6 months after their fall.

Elderly falls also have a huge impact on the UK-care system, increasing the ever-growing pressure on care personnel caused by our ageing society. In care homes, fall incidents are the most prominent cause of hospitalisation in Cumbria (as well as the rest of the UK), which is driven up pressure on care staff and the National Health Service (NHS) even more.

Immediate assistance after a fall is crucial; preventing falls altogether is even more important. That’s why Hartland House and the L&SC ICB started their search for cost-effective fall prevention solutions.

Smart AI-lights as a solution to falls

That fall prevention solution was found in Nobi’s smart lights. These fall detection and prevention lights, driven by advanced AI-technologies, were efficiently implemented and embraced by both residents as well as caregivers at Hartland House.

When a fall occurs, Nobi alerts care staff after a mere 30-seconds through an intuitive application on their mobile device. This allows them to offer swift assistance after a fall.

On top of that, the central dashboard offers care personnel an overview of all rooms, helping to keep track of incidents throughout the organisation in just one glance.

The results

First results of the pilot project show that caretakers are able to provide help after a fall 28 times faster than before Nobi was fitted. They were also able to prevent 4 in 5 falls thanks to Nobi’s support. 

As the impact on residents and care personnel was undeniable, Hartland House decided after just 4 months to fully equip their 31-bedroom care home with Nobi lights.

No more missed falls

During the pilot project, the Nobi lights detected each and every fall.

This is an important shift, as numbers show that 64% of falls previously remained hidden.

Automated detection

In the period before Nobi was installed, 82% of residents were unable to call for help using traditional nurse call systems. With Nobi, no human action is required; care staff is alerted automatically. The result: Nobi alerts care staff 100% of the time.

Assistance after a fall 
in less than 2’

Thanks to Nobi, care personnel is able to assist within just 2 minutes. That is 28 times faster than before having Nobi installed, as intervention times used to reach almost one hour.

4 in 5 falls prevented

Thanks to Nobi’s 3-step prevention program, Nobi was able to avoid 84% of all falls.


Nobi’s fall prevention in 3 steps

  1. Light for Life
    Statistics show that 62% of falls happen at night. To respond to this, when a resident sits upright in bed at night, Nobi shines a soft light upwards to illuminate the room gently. Then, if the person stands to go to the bathroom, for example, the smart light will illuminate the entire room. This feature prevents many fall incidents.

  2. Alerting potentially dangerous situations
    Nobi’s ‘monitoring alerts’ help care personnel to prevent falls, by sending timely notifications when residents find themselves in potentially dangerous situations. This allows care staff to go and assist residents proactively, effectively avoiding falls. Nobi can send alerts when:  
    - The resident is sitting on the edge of the bed, ready to get up.
    - The resident leaves the room.
    - The resident spends an unusual amount of time in the bathroom.

  3. Understanding a fall is preventing a fall
    With abstract, anonymised images of 15 seconds before and after a fall, Nobi helps offer insights into why a fall occurred. This allows for similar situations to be avoided in the future.

Nobi as partner of care staff

The difference Nobi makes for residents and their families is clear, but it also significantly impacts caregivers:

With her 100% fall detection, rapid response time, and fall prevention measures, Nobi made significant changes at Hartland House.

What if there were 84% fewer falls nationwide in the UK?

Imagine if Hartland House's results were applied nationally. The extrapolation below shows how Nobi's smart AI lights can make a significant contribution to alleviating the heavy pressure on the UK healthcare system.


Falls prevented

+8.286 h

liberated time

- 621

Ambulance callouts 

This results in


Reduced ambulance callout costs


reduced total care costs

£1 > £1,70 

Return on 

What’s next? L&SC ICB gives the green light for roll out of an additional 500 senior living units 

The positive results at Hartland House made the NHS Lancashire and South-Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) decide to roll out Nobi further in the region. In the coming months, Nobi will be installed in 500 additional residential units, spread over 50 residential care homes in the region. This is made possible thanks to funding from the  Digitising Social Care's Digital Transformation Fund.

“At L&SC ICB, we are fully committed to embracing cutting-edge technologies that aid us in preventing fall incidents. By preventing falls, we also alleviate the strain on our healthcare system by reducing the number of ambulance callouts and hospital admissions. Nobi exemplifies how technology can facilitate a holistic collaboration between social care and healthcare.”

Sue Capstick, program lead of Digitisation and Transformation in the Digital Social Care Team in Lancashire and South Cumbria

This is only the beginning of Nobi’s expansion plans in the UK. We're committed to making the lights available to more care homes nationwide in the coming years.

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