How Does Automatic Fall Detection Work

How Does Automatic Fall Detection Work?

Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors in Nova Scotia. If a senior in your life has Parkinson’s, mobility issues, or is simply getting on in age, it may be a good idea to invest in an automatic fall detection system. Having a fall with no one around is a scary situation that no one wants to experience.

A small wearable device with an automatic fall detection feature can help ensure that in the event that your loved one falls, help is on the way immediately! Fall detection devices for seniors help give caregivers peace of mind knowing that if their loved one is to fall they will be alerted right away.

For seniors that live alone or suffer from chronic health conditions, having an automatic fall detection device is essential. 

With an automatic fall detection device such as the one offered by Northwood Intouch, an alert is sent in the event of a fall, even if the elderly person is unable to push the button themselves. 

How Do Fall Detection Devices Work?

Automatic fall detection technology was first invented in the early 1970s. Today, this technology is used in many different applications and has advanced considerably.

Automatic fall detection works a lot like how an airbag deploys once it detects an accident has occurred. Just like the sensors in an airbag, fall detection devices also come equipped with accelerometers, various motion sensors, and advanced algorithms for accurate fall detection. 

Accelerometer technology is the same technology used in smartphones today. The way your screen flips a picture or video when you rotate your phone is an example of how accelerometer technology works. This technology is found in all reliable fall detection units.  

Using this technology, a wearable fall detection device is able to sense when a person has experienced a fall and sends a signal to the base unit which triggers a call to an Emergency Response Centre. This is done immediately to get help as soon as possible.

Fall detection devices also come equipped with an emergency button that can be pressed in the event of an emergency (medical or non-medical). 

The Benefits Of Automatic Fall Detection Devices For Seniors

Older and disabled people who are having increased mobility issues and showing signs of being less stable would also greatly benefit from using such a device. So would individuals who have been recently discharged from the hospital and require additional support.

If your elderly loved one suffers from medical conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, MS, and diabetes or takes prescribed drugs such as painkillers, blood pressure pills, water pills, or sleeping pills; investing in a reliable fall detection device becomes paramount.

These lightweight and discreet wearable devices are simply essentials for senior living or working alone. Not only does it help them be more confident when it comes to doing things on their own but it also gives peace of mind to the caregiver knowing that if anything were to happen help would never be too far away. 

Wearable automatic fall detection devices are also waterproof and can  be worn in the shower.

How Much Do Automatic Fall Detection Devices For Seniors Cost?

The cost of automatic fall detection services in Canada ranges from $50 to $100 depending on the device you select and the features you need. 

If you reside in Canada and are looking for medical alert companies that offer affordable fall detection services contact Northwood Intouch today! You can call us at (902)492-3346 or 1-800-461-3346 to learn more about what medical alert systems are best suited to your needs.

We offer automatic fall detection medical alert systems for $55 per month. Being non-profit, we do not charge tax or have any upfront fees and we don’t tie our clients to contracts. Customers can cancel at any time and may even be eligible for financial assistance. Click here to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. 

How Does Automatic Fall Detection Work?