A fall anywhere is distressing, but falling when you are away from your home is even more stressful, with no certainty on how you are going to call for help.
A senior’s independence is very important, but it’s unfortunate to know that 1 in 3 Australians aged 65 or over fall each year and often need to go to hospital or even spend months in rehabilitation to recover from their injury.
Thankfully, our new Mobile Personal Alarm comes with an automatic fall detection that can alert MePACS if you should have a fall when you are out and about, giving you and your family the ultimate peace of mind.
NEW: Automatic Fall Detection on the MePACS Mobile Alarm
The MePACS Mobile Alarm is a small and lightweight device that can be worn around your neck, or clipped to your pants – it’s the ideal safety companion for out and about.
The personal alarm includes in-built automatic fall detection, with an alert sent to the MePACS emergency response team, GPS locator and two way communication so we know the situation and where to send help to you fast. It relies on the Telstra network for mobile coverage so you need to be in mobile phone reception.
But it’s not just for seniors – anyone with a disability or a chronic medical condition can also be prone to falls no matter their age, and this personal alarm can help them regain their confidence out and about.
How does Automatic Fall Detection work?
Automatic fall detection in a personal alarm detects falls with an in-built accelerometer, which is a small device that measures a dramatic change in motion. When someone falls, the device is triggered by the sudden movement and automatic fall detection kicks in – sending a signal for help to the MePACS 24/7 emergency response team, without the wearer having to press the button on the personal alarm.
The MePACS Mobile alarm will alert the wearer that it is signalling for help with verbal cues until a trained professional from our 24/7 emergency response team answers and asks if you need help.
However, not all falls with activate the automatic fall detection. When someone braces themselves or slides down a wall, the fall is broken by a chair or object, they slump or roll to the floor it may not be activated. The pendant can also be activated by pressing the help button in these circumstances.
Is Automatic Fall Detection essential?
Automatic fall detection is absolutely essential for going out and about. While you do the things you love, like visiting friends, going for a walk or a holiday in Australia, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you will get help if you fall or have a different medical emergency.
The MePACS mobile alarm with automatic fall detection takes the worry out of personal safety in the community by providing a convenient, easy-to-use and effective way to signal for help in any medical emergency.
Our response team will assess the situation, determine the most appropriate help that you need at the time and call either a close family member or Triple 0. We will also stay on the line to provide much-needed reassurance and comfort until help arrives.
Time is of the essence when it comes to obtaining a positive outcome after a medical emergency. The longer that someone has to wait for emergency assistance, the worse their injuries can become. Automatic fall detection in a personal alarm worn on your body can significantly reduce the time it takes to call for paramedics and in some instances, can actually save lives.
How does Automatic Fall Detection benefit our clients?
The automatic fall detection capability in the MePACS Mobile Alarm has certainly changed some of our clients lives for the better. They still have the confidence to live independently and go out by themselves, knowing that MePACS is there to help them 24/7.
“It gives my family and I a nice, peaceful feeling. My family don’t live very close to me and it is that extra security that when I go out, if I am injured somehow, then I can get the help that I need,” said our client Beryl.
Our client Margaret also has the added benefits of the MePACS mobile alarm with automatic fall detection, so she can go out and about with little worry.
“When I started to have medical issues, I didn’t want to leave the house. I was anxious about going out on my own, even just to see my friends for a social visit, and a lot of things just kept taking away from my normal independent lifestyle. If I fell over, what would happen? Who could I ring if I can’t talk?
Knowing that I have help at hand 24/7, in any location with my MePACS mobile alarm just restores my confidence completely.”
A fall may occur because of poor mobility, low muscular strength, balance problems or poor vision. Along with inappropriate footwear, a slippery surface or obstacle on the path, these all contribute to an increased falls risk for seniors or people with a disability.
There are ways that you can reduce your falls risk, including through regular exercise, contacting an Occupational Therapist to assess your home and having a personal alarm for out of the home.