The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults. They’re also the most common cause of non-fatal trauma.
Previously on our blog, we covered how to fall-proof your senior’s bedroom and bathroom to prevent these dangerous incidents.
These articles included tips on decluttering, lighting, stability aids, and other strategies to minimize the risk of falls.
In today’s blog, we’ll be turning our attention toward modern fall prevention technology. Keep reading as we discover four new ways to detect and prevent falls in seniors.
1. The Tango Belt by Active Protective
Imagine if you took the airbag technology used in cars and condensed it into a wearable belt that cushions your falls.
Well, that’s exactly what the Active Protective Brand did with the Tango Belt!
Tango is a wearable smartbelt that automatically detects falls and deploys airbags around the hips to reduce impact forces.
It’s built with state-of-the-art motion-sensing technology that accurately identifies when falls may cause serious hip damage.
But it’s also deceptively lightweight and comfortable to wear throughout the day. It comes in five different sizes, is designed for maximum comfort for older adults, and weighs around two pounds.
For additional peace of mind, the Tango Belt comes with its very own app and caregiver-notification system.
In the app, users can track wear performance, balance confidence, and adjust belt settings to their liking.
And if the user falls, Tango’s built-in WiFi connectivity can send text or email alerts to pre-registered caregivers.
Tango is a unique and powerful tool that can give seniors and caregivers much-needed peace of mind — whether at home or in a care facility.
2. The VYVO Life Watch Lite, Lite SE, & Generation 2
As we saw in the previous section, smart technology is constantly evolving.
With the success of the Apple Watch and Fitbit, health and fitness-based smartwatches are exploding in popularity…
One of the most advanced examples being the VYVO Life Watch series.
These incredible pieces of technology can track everything, including:
- Heart rate
- Swimming distance and stroke count
- Blood pressure
- Body temperature
- Blood oxygenation
- Energy and stress level
- Heart rate variability
- Atrial fibrillation
- Air quality
But believe it or not, that’s not all the VYVO Life Watches can do. They also have built-in fall detection, complete with a gravity sensor, gyroscope, and up to six detectible kinetic axes.
What’s more, they come with a guardian alert system that alerts and shares your last known GPS location with emergency contacts.
These watches offer at-risk seniors medical-grade health and fall detection services with the comfort and convenience of a wristwatch…
Making them the perfect solution for tech-savvy seniors or caregivers that can set their elderly loved ones up with a high-tech smartwatch.
3. Economy Cordless Exit Alarms by Smart Caregiver
Cordless Exit Alarms are a great tool for caregivers or care facility workers who want to be notified when their seniors are up and about.
They include Cordless sensor pads, mats, and motion sensors with a single Caregiver Alert Monitor.
Pads, mats, and motion sensors can be placed in areas where seniors sit or lie down, such as beds, bedsides, wheelchairs, and other seats.
Whenever they get up, the sensor will notice the change in weight and send an audible alert to the monitor, letting the caregiver know that their senior is on the move.
If you live with an elderly loved one, Cordless exit alarms can add serious strength to your fall prevention plan.
4. The Rescu App + Upcoming Apple Watch Integration
Rescu is leading the way in app-based emergency response and fall prevention.
With its two-tap system that doesn’t require talking over the phone, Rescu is the fastest way to get help in an emergency.
In a crisis, all you have to do is open the app, select fire, police, or ambulance, and then tap Send Alert. Then, Rescu’s private dispatch center will automatically notify the nearest first response team and dispatch them to your pre-registered address.
Rescu also offers GPS-powered dispatch, which will send emergency personnel to your exact location anywhere in the United States — a feature which still isn’t possible with the public 911 system.
But the innovation doesn’t stop there.
The Rescu app will soon launch its Apple Watch integration, empowering seniors with even more convenient and easily accessible emergency response technology.
With the Apple Watch, not only will users be able to dispatch emergency help in just two taps from their wrist, but they’ll also have state-of-the-art fall detection services right at their fingertips.
Working together with the Apple Watch’s built-in gyroscope and accelerometer, the Rescu app will detect whenever there’s a fall and allow for instant emergency dispatch.
For 24/7 peace of mind in your pocket (or on your wrist), download Rescu today and stay tuned for the upcoming Apple Watch integration!