Some seniors might fear that their use of a medical alert device with a fall detection alert will stigmatize them or cause them undue attention in a crowd. Even if an older adult has never taken a spill, consider that one in four will take a tumble every year, so these devices are well worth it. Also, discrete models are available.
It is a scary statistic that 25 percent of older adults will take a spill this year. What’s more is that after one spill, a senior is twice as likely to fall again and experience even longer periods of recovery.
Seniors who wish to have a discreet device should take heart, as medical alert buttons are no longer the bulky devices they once were, and come in a range of non-intrusive varieties.
Medical alert devices with fall detection are now more powerful, reliable and tasteful than ever. Many can be embedded in jewelry, smartphones and wristwatches so that they go where the senior goes. Medical alert systems with fall detection can utilize any combination of wearable technology, ambient sensing technology and monitoring sensors to keep seniors in constant contact with medical alert personnel who can stage an intervention in the event of a fall.
By pairing advancements in technology such as speed sensors, accelerometers and algorithmic software with tasteful alert buttons and pendants, fall detection devices no longer carry the stigma they once did. This is great news for older adults that may be at an elevated risk for a fall or spill due to type II diabetes or a similar condition. Having ready access to a wearable device or monitoring system means that a senior no longer has to worry about falling in the home and experiencing a long lie.
Ultimately, whether an older adult decides to invest in a medical alert system with a wearable, ambient or monitoring fall detection feature is up to them. It is important to note, however, that being covered in the unlikely event of a hard fall could improve a senior’s quality of life and overall ability to age in place longer.