Falls are one of the biggest worries for people as they get older, and for the family who wants to make sure their loved one is safe. Experiencing a fall can lead to a person spending time in hospital and can also have an impact on a person’s confidence. As people get older, some choose to be less active because they are worried about what would happen if they fell, and they were on their own.
Fall Detection Technology
It should put people’s minds at rest that emergency alarm technology has developed and allows for falls to be detected automatically. Alarms that have fall detection technology can be worn around the neck or as a bracelet around the wrist. If a person falls, the alarm will detect that the person has fallen and will automatically activate the unit that calls through to the response centre. The response centre has call handlers available to respond 24/7 and so help will be arranged regardless of the day or time that the alert is raised.
Who Would Benefit From Fall Detection?
Anyone who is looking at getting an alarm for themselves or a family member should consider whether fall detection is something they will need. It can be helpful for anyone who needs to have the additional assistance of a personal alarm. However, some people may be more at risk of falls. These people should definitely make sure fall detection comes as part of their alarm.
Elderly people who have limited mobility could be at a higher risk of falling within their home. Those with long term conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease may also be at risk of falling, or of losing consciousness and falling as a result. It is vital for elderly or unwell people to remain as independent as possible and so people should be encouraged to move around their home. However, this can increase the risk of having a fall. By providing these people with a Lifeline Telecare fall detection alarm, they can maintain their independence and having peace of mind that if something happens, the right people will be alerted.
Which Alarm to Choose
Lifeline Telecare likes to provide choice to people when they have decided they would like to use a personal alarm. When it comes to fall detection, several alarms are available. The wearer needs to decide whether they would be more comfortable with the alarm being worn around their neck or on their wrist. Even if the alarm is being used predominantly for the risk of falls, the placement of the alarm should still be considered carefully. While the technology is very advanced, some falls may not be detected, and so whenever possible, the wearer should always push the button as a backup.
FALL DETECTION ALARMS
Key Features of Fall Detection Alarms
● Alarms with fall detection are impact resistant, so they won’t break if the wearer does fall
● Water-resistant meaning wearers can have the alarm in the shower which is one of the most high-risk places to experience a fall