"Some independent seniors avoid using a cane or other physical equipment in public out of embarrassment, so we encourage the use of discreet wearable devices to provide peace of mind and a quick response in the event of an emergency," said D'Aquila. "In the home, wireless sensors and detectors that are barely noticeable can be installed by caregivers or ALT technicians to prevent and detect falls."
For example, Walabot HOME is the first and only automated fall alert system developed specifically for the bathroom, where 80% of falls take place. It is also the only fall detection device that does not require any wearable necklace or bracelet. It is automatically activated without pushing a button.
D'Aquila explains Walabot HOME starts by learning a home's basic bathroom layout and movement activity, then continuously monitors for situations that indicate a fall using the world's most advanced radio frequency sensors. It delivers four times more accuracy than other automatic fall alert systems while ensuring privacy to the individual. If a person falls, the designated emergency contact is notified through a two-way voice call and a text message. The alarm can be disabled at any time simply by standing up.
For other areas of the home, the indoor Wellness Motion Sensor is a wireless, battery-powered device that identifies the movement of a person within a specific area by sensing the infrared energy emitted from a body as it moves across the sensor's field of view. When this motion is detected, the sensor transmits an alarm signal to the control panel and will alert the family member and or the caregiver of movement.
Another fantastic product from Wellness is Bed and Chair sensor pads. These pads are placed appropriately underneath the mattress of a bed or the cushion of a chair. Once the individual gets up and walks away the pad senses the shift in weight and caregivers or family members are alerted of the individual's movement. Alerts can be received via text, email, and/or automated phone call.
To prevent falls from happening in the first place, ALS uses the Smart Caregiver product line of cordless bed pads, chair pads, and floor mats that alert caregivers via an alarm pager when the elderly person is trying to get out of their chair or bed. The weight-sensitive pressure pads detect when someone is up-and-about, giving a caregiver time to react and ensure the person uses their medical beds for rent wheelchair, walker or cane.
"Falls are not a normal part of aging," concludes D'Aquila. "We encourage everyone to take steps today to stay safe and independent longer."