SERIOUS FALL DETECTION
WHAT IS AUTOMATIC FALL DETECTION?
Automatic fall detection, or Automated Fall Detection, is technology built into the pendant and is generally worn around the neck.
The smart technology uses sensors (multiple accelerometers and processors) that can detect between normal activity, and an actual fall. By continuously measuring the speed of movements in all directions, the fall detector can compare what it senses to what it considers an actual fall. If it senses a fall, it also looks for an angle change (like falling forwards or backwards) and an impact. If it senses these 3 things, then an automatic fall detection activation of the pendant will take place and alert caregivers that a fall has taken place.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AUTOMATIC FALL DETECTION?
The benefits of automatic fall detection to those with medical issues or elderly can be immense. Considering that one-third of adults over 65 will fall each year, fall related injuries are not uncommon. Also, if you or your loved one has diabetes, low blood glucose or another condition that increases your risk of falling, this feature might provide you with additional piece of mind. Getting help fast in these situations could be life-saving.
If your loved one sustains an injury or becomes unconscious from a fall and they are alone, their chance of getting help fast is increased significantly by automatic fall detection technology.
According to the WHO, falls Are The Leading Cause Of Injury Deaths Among Older Adults. Older people have the highest risk of death or serious injury arising from a fall and the risk increases with age. For example, in the United States of America, 20-30% of older people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head trauma. This risk level may be in part due to physical, sensory, and cognitive changes associated with ageing, in combination with environments that are not adapted for an aging population.
WHO NEEDS AN ALARM WITH FALL DETECTION?
Have you or a loved one had falling episodes in the past, or are concerned about falls in the future?
Do they live alone?
Do they experience dizziness?
Are they starting to “shuffle” their feet instead of lifting their feet to step?
Are there trip hazards like steps, rugs, uneven floors, or rooms that have different floor type that have slightly different levels?
Do they have to have stairs they go up or down regularly?
Is there a step into the shower or potential for slipping out of the bathtub?
Do they have a medical condition such as diabetes that is prone to fainting spells?
Have they broken a hip in the past and need care not to fall again?
These are just some of the circumstances where a pendant alarm with fall detection would be useful.
WHAT FEATURES SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN AN AUTOMATIC FALL DETECTION MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM?
The medical alarm has Automatic Serious Fall Detection. If the user is unable to push your button for help, the automatic fall detection technology will do it for them.
The medical alarm device waterproof. Falls can occur in the bath or shower, so this is an important feature.
The medical alarm is reliable. There are literally thousands of these devices being used in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada & Europe
The alarm pendant is small and easy to use.
Simply press the SOS button if you need help.
False alarms can stopped before full activation. An audio response alerts the user that the Fall activation has occurred and if not stopped, the automatic sequence will go into emergency SOS.
The Fall detection has adjustable sensitivity settings
USING THE FALL DETECTION
It’s important to understand that it may take several seconds for the system to decide whether it has detected an actual fall, but this helps limit false alarms.
When a fall has been detected, it will announce, “Fall has been Detected.Press the SOS to stop” If the user actually needs help and does not cancel the alarm, the unit will then say, Calling Contact #1. Once the system connects to the caregiver they are able to speak to each other and assess the need for help. You can even include 000 on your call list.
HOW TO BE WORN FOR FALL DETECTION
Please be aware, the alarm is for serious falls only and does not sense low impact or slow falls. It is used for detecting serious falls where someone can be incapacitated or knocked out. If the user has a low impact or slow fall like slowly sliding down stairs, the device may not trigger, however the user is more likely to still be conscious and able to press the SOS manually.
For the best sensitivity, It’s recommended to wear the button on the outside of your clothes. Wear it on a lanyard around the neck. The fall detection will do a more improved and accurate job if it’s not padded by clothing and can sense a sudden drop in height.