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Choosing the Best Emergency Fall Necklace for Senior Citizens: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the Best Emergency Fall Necklace for Senior Citizens: A Comprehensive Guide

Medical Care Alert on Aug 16th 2023

The Importance of Emergency Fall Necklaces for Elderly Senior Citizens

As we age, our bodies become more vulnerable to accidents, injuries, and falls. 

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For senior citizens, a simple fall can have serious consequences. That's why it's crucial for elderly individuals to have safety measures in place, such as an emergency fall necklace. Here we will discuss the importance of these necklaces and how they can provide peace of mind for both seniors and their loved ones.

Why are falls a significant concern for senior citizens?

According to the World Health Organization, falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. When it comes to senior citizens, the statistics are even more alarming. 

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among individuals aged 65 and above. Additionally, falls can result in long-term disabilities, decreased mobility, and a significant impact on a senior's overall quality of life.

What is an emergency fall necklace?

An emergency fall necklace, also known as a medical alert pendant with fall detection, is a wearable device specifically designed for seniors. This necklace contains a panic button with automatic fall detection sensors that can alert emergency services or a designated caregiver in case of a fall or medical emergency.

How does an emergency fall necklace work?

When an elderly person experiences a fall or any other medical emergency, they can simply press the panic button on their necklace. This action triggers an alert that is sent to our emergency response monitoring center. The monitoring center agent can immediately dispatch emergency services to the exact location of the individual in need.

Some advanced fall necklaces even have an automatic fall detection feature. These necklaces use built-in sensors to detect sudden movements associated with a fall. If a fall is detected, the device automatically sends an alert without the need for the wearer to press a button. This feature is especially beneficial for seniors who may become disoriented or unconscious after a fall.

When the fall detection signal is sent to the emergency response center, it is flagged as "FALL DETECTED" so that the operator knows what the situation is even if they don't speak with the individual.  If we don't hear your voice our normal protocol is to call your home or cell phone first - if we still don't hear your voice we will dispatch help and notify your family contacts.  When we receive fall alarms for elderly subscribers we will always send help even if we don't speak with them directly over the medical alert device or by calling their home/cell phone numbers.

The benefits of emergency fall necklaces for elderly senior citizens

Investing in an emergency fall necklace for an elderly loved one can have numerous benefits, including:

  • Quick response time: When a fall or medical emergency occurs, every second counts. By wearing an emergency fall necklace, seniors can receive immediate help, potentially reducing the severity of their injuries.
  • Independence and peace of mind: Many seniors value their independence, and wearing a fall necklace allows them to continue living on their own while maintaining a sense of security. Similarly, family members can have peace of mind knowing their loved one will receive prompt assistance in case of an emergency.
  • Round-the-clock monitoring: Emergency fall necklaces provide 24/7 monitoring, ensuring that help is always just a button press away. This constant coverage is particularly important for elderly individuals who live alone or have chronic health conditions.  All of our operators are EMT/EMD Certified, trained in medical dispatching.
  • Ease of use: Fall necklaces are designed to be user-friendly, making them accessible to seniors of all technological abilities. They are lightweight, comfortable to wear, and water-resistant, giving seniors the freedom to wear them without worry.
  • Added layer of safety: Emergency fall necklaces not only provide assistance in case of a fall but can also be helpful during other emergencies like heart attacks, strokes, or other medical crises. These necklaces serve as a vital lifeline during critical moments.

Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing An Emergency Fall Necklace

  • Affordability and pricing plans.  Adding automatic fall detection to any plan from Medical Care Alert is just $10.00 a month.  In the case of our HOME system you'll get a specialized fall detection pendant to wear around your neck.  With a HOME & AWAY ULTRA GPS system, the fall detection sensors are built in and just need to be enabled.  Same for the SmartWatch PRO which features fall detection worn on the wrist.  There's nothing extra to buy, just add the fall detection feature to your subscription plan.
  • Customer support and reliability.  Fall detection is a highly reliable feature, and our customer service team can assist you in testing your system at any time.  A HOME fall detection pendant never needs charging, and has an internal battery that will last 18-24 months; when that battery starts getting low we send you a new button at no charge.  For the HOME & AWAY or SmartWatch systems, those need to be charged daily and be in an area that has cellular reception.
  • User-friendly features and ease of use.  All you have to do is wear it and it will be ready for you.  The emergency fall necklace should be worn around the neck with the adjustable lanyard we provide, about mid-chest level.  Most folks wear it underneath their clothing, and some ladies will tuck it in their bra.  

In conclusion, emergency fall necklaces are essential safety tools for elderly senior citizens. By wearing these devices, seniors can continue to enjoy their independence and peace of mind while having the assurance that help is just a button press away. Investing in an emergency fall necklace is not only an investment in safety but also a way to enhance the overall well-being of our elderly loved ones.