6 Tips for Choosing a Fall Monitoring Solution
The facts are in. One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
Astonishing, but true. And while there are a number of things you can do to improve your odds, and better protect yourself from the start, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in place. Because no matter how many exercises you do to strengthen your legs or improve your balance, or how many obstacles you remove from your path, at the end of the day accidents sometimes simply happen. And if they do, you need to be prepared.
That’s where a fall monitoring solution comes in – just in case. But which fall monitoring detection is right for you? At first glance it may be hard to tell which works best, and what type of functionality you actually need. To help guide you in your choice of a fall detection solution follow these six easy tips, and you should be able to reach the right decision for yourself.
1. Choose convenience
In order for any fall detection solution to be effective it needs to be used. And to help encourage use, you need to consider a few things. Does it take a lot of work to set it up? Do you have to turn it on each day? Are there batteries to switch? If it takes a lot of work to setup and use, it’s very likely you won’t use it. In other words, simplicity is best. You want automated monitoring that’s always on, as an ideal. Or as we like to say, you should be able to set it and forget it.
No matter how stylishly they’ve been designed, the truth is, wearables are still quite cumbersome.
2. Go for comfort
Similarly you need to consider your comfort. Many fall detection solutions feature a wearable like a watch or a pendant. No matter how stylishly they’ve been designed, the truth is, they’re still quite cumbersome. Plus, you have to remember to put a wearable device on, each and every day and have it on at all times- including the bathroom and when you go to sleep at night. And it’s not all that practical in the bathroom either, for obvious reasons like showering. In this case, it’s better to look for something as unobtrusive as possible, like the Walabot HOME that has no wearable at all.
3. Get coverage where you need
As many people know, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the home with bathroom falls often resulting in more serious injuries and fatal results. For example, ask yourself if you’ve ever felt lightheaded getting up from the toilet, lost your balance in the shower, stumbled over a wet towel, or even tripped over the bathroom rug. These sorts of things happen every day. Which is why you need extra reliable protection particularly in your bathroom space.
A fall detection solution can only be as effective as the help it summons.
4. Make sure you’re heard, quickly
A fall detection solution can only be as effective as the help it summons. Two-way voice communication between the device and your emergency contact is key. As timely assistance is of the essence, you need to be able to tell your emergency contact exactly what happened, within minutes, so you can get the help you need. But who does your monitoring solution call? It’s your privacy and your life at stake, so this should be up to you. That is, you should be able to choose any individual you feel comfortable with as your emergency contact, who is then automatically called by the device itself in the case of a fall.
You want to be in touch with your emergency contact whatever state you are in.
5. Insist on flexibility
What if you fall and are unconscious? You certainly can’t push a button to let the detection station know. You need a system that accommodates for that as well. That means you want to be sure that your fall monitoring solution gets in touch with your emergency contact on your behalf, whatever state you are in.
6. Pay wisely
As an essential service for maintaining your well-being, purchasing a fall detection solution shouldn’t break the bank. In fact, affordability should be an absolute prerequisite. This means a clear payment plan, no hidden fees, and no long-term contracts you can’t escape. Of course, reliable customer support should also be built into the cost. And to be on the safe side, a money-back guarantee is also good.
Now that you know what you should look for, take your time and do your research, to make sure the fall detection solution you choose offers everything you need. Ready for the easiest, most reliable fall detection on the market today?