According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries in seniors. The report goes on to state that one in four people over the age of 65 will fall at some point in the next year. With such dire statistics, having a medical alert button with fall detection can save lives.
Medical alert pendants often feature a relatively new option called fall detection. Fall detection pendants feature sensors, known as accelerometers, that detect not only normal activity, but also a fall. The accelerometers measure the speed of movement in all directions to determine if the wearer has sustained a fall. During a fall, you can suffer a serious injury or be rendered unconscious and unable to call for help. With a medical alert pendant that has fall detection, help is automatically summoned if a fall is detected. This can help first responders render immediate life-saving assistance.
When purchasing a medical alert pendant system with fall detection, there are several enhancement options that a senior might want to consider.
The monthly cost of medical alert services with fall detection usually runs twice as much as the typical system. It is up to you to decide if the additional expense is worth the peace of mind of knowing that if you should sustain a physically limiting fall, help can and will be summoned. The service usually averages $30 per month. If you sign a one-year contract with the company, many will provide you with a free fall detection pendant and base unit.
In addition to the pendant, you can also opt to purchase additional pendants in a wide array of styles. These can range in price from $49 to $1,000 or more for a diamond-adorned model.
Yes, you can live your life without a fall detection medical alert pendant, but if you should be knocked unconscious during a fall, these pendants will automatically summon help. You do not have to worry about pressing a button or verbally explaining your dire situation. The fall detection meters built into the pendant will call for help. This feature provides optimum peace of mind if you live alone, or if you suffer from a physical impairment that makes it more likely that you will fall.