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Reducing the Risk of Falling

For seniors, falls in and around the home are the most frequently occurring accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every three adults over age 65 falls each year. Fall rates increase significantly as we advance in age. The National Council on Aging reports that falls are the number one reason why seniors lose their independence – because they are the leading cause of injury and even death among older adults.

Fall Prevention Infographic
CDC – Fall Prevention Infographic

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the primary way that older Americans can delay or diminish the need to move to a long-term care facility is to prevent falls and the resulting injuries.[1] This is encouraging news because most falls are preventable if certain practical precautions are taken.

Reduce your fear of falling

Seniors often reduce their level of physical activity after a fall for fear of falling again. However, this can make the situation worse. Cutting back on exercise or physical activity leads to a loss of muscle strength, flexibility, balance and gait.

The first step is to reduce your fear of falling by engaging in activities that can help reduce the risk of falls. After consulting your doctor, consider resuming activities such as walking, water workouts, or even tai chi — an exercise that involves slow and graceful movements that resemble a kind of synchronized dance. Activities like these reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Research also suggests they may help lower blood pressure and improve heart function.

Preventing falls at home

By taking a few modest steps, many falls can be prevented.

1. Make your home safer

About half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer:

  • Reduce tripping hazards – keep cords, papers, books, boxes, plants, shoes and clothes off of the stairs or away from places you walk.
  • Either remove throw rugs or use non-skid mats or double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping
  • Use non-slip mats or appliques on the shower floor or in the bathtub
  • Install grab bars in the shower or tub and next to the toilet
  • Install handrails and lights on both sides of staircases
  • Improve the lighting in your home. As you age you need brighter lights to see better. To reduce glare, hang light-weight curtains or shades
  • Keep the items you use most often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a stool or stepladder
  • Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.

2. Have your vision checked

Once a year have your eyes checked by your eye doctor. You may have developed cataracts or glaucoma or your glasses prescription may have changed. Poor vision increases your chances of falling.

3. Have your doctor review your medicines

Once a year you should have your doctor or pharmacist review the prescriptions and medicines you take, even over–the–counter medicines. As you age, the way medicines affect your body can change. In addition, some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can cause dizziness or drowsiness and cause you to fall.

4. Begin a regular exercise program

Finally, exercise is perhaps the most important thing you can do to lower your risk of falling. Exercise improves your balance and coordination, makes you stronger and helps you feel better. A lack of exercise leads to muscle weakness and an increased propensity for falls. Ask your doctor or health care provider what type of exercise program might be best for you.

If you do fall

LifeCall’s in-home health care monitoring solutions give you the ability to summon prompt assistance right at your fingertips. In the event of a fall you can get help quickly, which reduces medical complications that result from being immobile for prolonged periods of time. LifeCall will get you help in two ways.

The LifeCall Response Center is the only center where all operators are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). It is powered by a world-class automation platform and two fail-safe redundant systems. The center also has been recognized by Computer World Magazine for its high-tech infrastructure provides fast access to highly trained, caring Response Associates at the push of a button, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our new LifeCall with FallAlert* option also enables you to push the pendant-style button for help at any time. FallAlert provides additional protection by automatically placing a call for help if a fall is detected and you can’t push your button because you are disoriented, immobilized, or unconscious. This enhanced service option can provide even greater security and peace of mind.

*FallAlert works through sensors that detect a person’s sway, orientation and impact with surface. It does not detect 100% of falls. If you are able after a fall, you should always press the LifeCall button when you need help.


For 40 years LifeCall Medical Alert Systems have provided families with security and independence at their fingertips by offering instant access to EMT-trained emergency personnel around the clock at the push of a button. Falls and strokes are common among seniors – a personal emergency response system can save your life. LifeCall: the most important call you’ll ever make.


[1] Promoting a National Falls Prevention Action Plan, Research Review Papers, Stevens, Judy, Ph.D, “Falls Among Older Adults – Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies,” page 3.

Is Home Medical Alert Right for You?

LIFECALL103A senior citizen who lives alone has fallen and is unable to stand up and walk over to a telephone to dial 9-1-1. This and many other emergency situations are a real, frightening prospect however thanks to our modern age we now have Lifecall’s Medical Alert and Fall Detection services that will vanquish you and your family’s concerns. Lifecall claims that these systems will bring comfort and confidence to a senior’s independence which is great for seniors that want to continue their independent lifestyle.

What Is Medical Alert for Seniors?

Home Medical Alert is an alarm system that brings immediate help in the event of an emergency with just the push of a button.  Medical Alert Systems consist of three parts including:

  • Waterproof battery-operated transmitter that is easily worn or carried
  • Base console directly connected to your home telephone
  • Monitoring station linked to your console

When the transmitter’s button is pressed a signal is immediately sent to you home base console. The console dials several saved phone numbers, including the monitoring station. The medical alert staff at your local monitoring station will place an emergency call on your behalf. If your phone is being used or is hanging off the hook, the monitoring system staff can seize the line and place a call to a local emergency medical service.

The medical alarm system transmitter is small and comfortable enough to wear or carry in pocket or purse. It can be worn in a variety of ways, such as a pendant, a necklace, attached to a belt or around the wrist like a bracelet.

Transmitters are operational hundreds of feet away from the home base station however check with your Lifecall provider if your particular device works while you’re away from your house.

To have the comfort of knowing that help is available at the click of a button, ask a Lifecall agent about our trustworthy Home Medical Alert systems.  It’s reassuring to know that no matter what time of day or night, a staff of medical professionals is always available to speak to and provide immediate support in the event of an emergency.

Steps to Choosing Medical Alert System for Seniors

LIFECALL1011.  Figure out the type of monitor that suits you best. Life alert and medical alert devices include transmitters enables to attach to a wheelchair or fastened onto the wrist, belt or around the neck.

  • If a person is prone to falling, you would definitely want a fall detection system that is activated without needing to reach for a telephone. Most medical alert devices can be used even if the phone is off the hook; it alerts family and emergency services when activated.
  • You may want a medical alarm system that sends an alert when a person leaves the house or gets up in the morning to bring awareness of any irregularities.

 

2.  Make plans for the future.

  • The ability for the senior to push a button to signal for help or be able to reset a system now, but it may not be so in a year from today.
  • Make sure your medical alert system’s contract enables you with the flexibility to make changes so that your needs will continue to be met for years ahead.

3.  Take into consideration range of area your system should encompassyou’re your needs. If the senior using the device enjoys gardening, having the front and backyard of their home monitored is essential.
4.  Decide the duration of time the senior needs medical alarm and fall detection.

  • If a senior has had surgery only requires a few months of medical and home alert monitoring, signing a 2 year contract would not be necessary.

5.  Verify with Lifecall if your medical alert system is transferable.

6.  Consider what the senior is capable of operating and if he or she will remember to wear the medical alert device or have the ability to push the button.

  • Some seniors can forget to wear their fall detection monitor.
  • Video systems are available for installation to allow you to monitor and protect your senior from another location.

 

7.  Make sure your medical alarm system includes a GPS locater to track the person if they are prone to getting loss or have a medical emergency while away from their home.
8.  Review the cost of the home medical alert contract.

  • Determine the duration of the contract and if it fulfills all your needs. Verify whether or not there are cancellation fees.
  • Investigate if there are any penalty charges for false alarms. If a button is pressed accidentally or the senior uses it for a relatively minor issue, will any charges be tacked on as a result?

9.  Compare the features, pros and cons for the many different medical alert systems available.

  • Medical alarm plans may vary and selecting the best option that fulfills your particular needs will bring peace of mind.
  • Currently in the United State Medicare does not usually cover fall detection and home medical alert systems. Sometimes private insurers may cover these plans, so investigate.

 

10.  Make sure to ask a provider such as Lifecall about the plans and services they offer.

  • Response time is important to know.
  • Be sure to verify if medical device parts are gauranteed as well as servicing of the equipment.  Ask if technical support is made available to clients.
  • Ask if batteries are able to be recharged or need replacement.
  • As about waterproof monitoring lifealert systems.
  • Plans offering 24-hour, 7-day-a-week coverage are optimal if you can afford this service.
  • Research the company to find out their reputation and how long they have been in business.  Be sure to get references and find out how employees are trained.
  • Find out how often the system automatically tests itself. A system should be tested and monitored regularly to ensure its safety and effectiveness.

For Advanced Fall Detection Bronx Residents Can Count On: LifeCall’s FallAlert

LIFECALL1204If they’ve ever shopped for a home medical alert, Bronx residents have probably seen the standard line of products LifeCall has become famous for: reliable, easy-to-use medical alert systems that instantly connect patients in need with medical attention. Today LifeCall is proud to be on the cutting edge of the next level of medical alarm systems with our innovative FallAlert fall detection system.

There is no question that injuries from falls are one of the leading concerns for our valued senior citizens; the most cautious estimates put fully one-third of everyone over the age of 65 suffering from a fall injury every year. Falls among the elderly can cause serious injury and even death, particularly when the victim is unable to summon medical help. FallAlert has all the functionality of our standard push-button medical alarm system, but adds a new technology that can sense when you’ve fallen and call for help — even if you cannot push the button yourself.

When the FallAlert device detects a fall, it automatically contacts our Emergency Response Center and allows the victim to talk directly to the all-EMT staff that answers — so that the degree of medical emergency can be properly assessed, and the right kind of help sent as quickly as possible.

FallAlert is the smallest and most lightweight fall detecting device available, and offers state-of-the-art, waterproof service with long battery life — and an indicator that tells you when it’s time to change the battery. FallAlert has the same exceptional range as all LifeCall products, and can summon medical help from anywhere inside your home or around your property. And it’s easy to wear, available on a neck lanyard that’s comfortable and easy to reach.

For more information about FallAlert and our LifeCall family of products, contact us today!

What if there’s a fall and nobody’s there to help?

fall-alert-system-jupiter-flEven when a caregiver makes diligent efforts to prevent their elderly parent from falling, falls are often inevitable. Falls can result from a variety of conditions such as mobility, difficulty from arthritis, vertigo from poor circulation, negative reactions to medication, etc. Whatever the cause, more than one third of seniors will fall this year.

Personal emergency response systems can help by providing a “panic button” device that a senior can press if an accident occurs. But what happens if the senior is unconscious, forgets to wear the device, or is in shock from falling and simply forgets to press the button? In those cases, that “panic button” is essentially useless.

Fall detection sensors measure a person’s sway, orientation, and impact with surface.The senior clips on a chest strap or wrist band.

Because the strap comes in contact with the skin, the monitoring company and caregiver will know if the senior is wearing the device, or they forget to put it on.

A similar product is a pendant-style help button that can automatically place a call for help if it detects a fall.

These devices use sensors to constantly monitor a person’s movement and activities. It uses multiple sensors to constantly monitor a person’s movement by assessing height, orientation and accelerated movement to distinguish between normal activities and falls. For example, when a person is walking, sitting in chair or getting out of bed, the systems are monitoring those motions as normal activity. The LifeCall Automatic Fall Alert System measures the acceleration in changes in movement, as well as the person’s height and heart rate. When a person falls, the device automatically senses the acceleration of a movement and change in height. The monitoring system automatically activates and calls for emergency help, as well as contacting the caregiver.

This type of technology enables caregivers to take comfort in knowing their parent’s button will call for help, even if they can’t.

One out of every three seniors falls every year.

fall-alert-system-fort-lauderdaleFalls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions among the elderly population. In fact, one out of every three seniors falls every year. Last year alone, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Several factors contribute to the fact that seniors fall so much more frequently than younger people:

  • Lack of physical activity. Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased bone mass, loss of balance, and reduced flexibility.
  • Impaired vision . This includes age-related vision diseases, as well as not wearing glasses that have been prescribed.
  • Medications. Sedatives, anti-depressants, and anti-psychotic drugs, plus taking multiple medications are all implicated in increasing risk of falling.
  • Diseases. Health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis cause weakness in the extremities, poor grip strength, balance disorders and cognitive impairment.
  • Surgeries. Hip replacements and other surgeries leave an elderly person weak, in pain and discomfort and less mobile than they were before the surgery.
  • Environmental hazards. One third of all falls in the elderly population involve hazards at home. Factors include: poor lighting, loose carpets and lack of safety equipment.

However, falls are not an inevitable part of growing older. Many falls can be prevented by using a fall detection or FallAlert system as well as by making the home safer and using products that help keep seniors more stable and less likely to fall.

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