Fall Alert Your Guide to Medical Alerts

Fall Detection

Medical alerts have been around since the early 80′s (That’s more than 30 years now!), and we’ve seen a lot of the technology really change over the years! These systems were once just a button that you pressed to get EMS response, and now they are an entire home alert system that allows you to speak back and forth with an operator. One newer feature is something called fall detection.

How does fall detection work?

This works just how it sounds: based on the movement of the medical alert pendant or wristband, fall detection tries to predict when the user has fallen. We are excited about its potential, but the technology is not far along enough at this point– it tends to lead to lots of false alarms from everyday movements (like bending over or even lying down) and this manages to become a hassle for most seniors. We will be thrilled to recommend fall detection fall alert devices in the next few years as the technology improves…

How Do Fall Detection Systems Work?

Keep fall alert systems simple!

For now we find that seniors do best with a simple and reliable system! And we certainly don’t want anyone to be bothered or overwhelmed by false alarms from their help button activating on its own. With a standard primary fall alert system, seniors can press the button anytime they need – even if they just feel dizzy or off balance. When an operator speaks to them over their speaker, they will be able to say that they don’t need help or just need a neighbor or relative called. Not every situation needs to be an emergency and this sort of flexibility is great!

For more information on fall detection, check out a few of our blog posts!