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06 Jul 20

A Medical Alert Watch with Fall Detection

Alayna Hansen | Healthcare Tips , MePACS News , Product Tips

Falls are the main cause of accidental injury and hospitalisation among senior Australians, and of the one in three people who experience a fall each year, half of them cannot get up without help.

We are proud to collaborate with Samsung, Telstra and Vault to introduce the MePACS Solo, a revolutionary medical alert watch that not only has in-built technology to detect a fall, but is exclusively connected to the MePACS 24/7 emergency response service.

If that isn’t impressive enough already, it can also monitor your heart rate, track your steps and be worn in the shower, bath or swimming pool – working anywhere with mobile coverage in Australia.

Available in two sizes and colours, rose gold or black, our new medical alert watch has an adjustable wrist band for comfort and style and gives you the confidence to be active and independent.

A medical alert watch is ideal for anyone who wants to continue living in their own home for longer. With GPS technology to keep you safe out and about, MePACS can provide you and your family with the peace of mind that comes with knowing help is available at any time of the day or night, in any location.

What is a medical alert watch?

A medical alert watch is an accessible, emergency device worn around the wrist, allowing the user to send a signal for help from anywhere in Australia with mobile reception. With MePACS, our monitored service is available 24/7, with a professional team working around the clock to provide vital assistance in a medical emergency.

A popular form of wearable technology, a medical alert watch is just an extra ‘helping hand’ that can give you the confidence to be active, independent and go about your day with little worry, as well as impress your friends and family with its stylish design and essential features.

How do medical alert watches work?

Time is of the essence when you are experiencing a medical emergency, particularly if you have fallen or are in pain. Sometimes, organising the right help for yourself can be very stressful and often makes the situation feel worse.

To signal for help with the new MePACS medical alert watch, all you have to do is tap the ‘alert’ icon on the watch face or press the button located on the lower right hand side of the watch.

You will be able to contact MePACS and receive essential help wherever there is mobile coverage in Australia.

A MePACS medical alert watch eases the worry of contacting someone by automatically connecting you with our 24/7 monitored emergency response service. MePACS respond to your signal for help within 2 minutes, assess the situation and then call for the most appropriate help, either from a close contact or ambulance service.

Who can a medical alert watch benefit?

A medical alert watch can benefit a variety of people, including:

  • seniors
  • people living with disabilities
  • people with chronic health conditions
  • people who are prone to falls
  • people with compromised immune systems
  • people with severe allergic reactions
  • people with heart problems

Medical alert watches can also provide extra assistance for people who have recently had surgery or been in hospital and are in their recovery period. This can be a particularly sensitive time for them as the risk of a medical emergency happening can rise quite dramatically, especially if they already have an existing risk of falls, an ongoing injury or compromised immune system.

What medical alert watches detect falls?

Not all medical alert watches on the market can detect falls, as many just rely on GPS technology and automatically dialling a list of contacts in a medical emergency.

One of the best features of a MePACS medical alert watch is its fall detection technology.

If someone were to faint or fall the ground, a MePACS medical alert watch will display a timed message on the screen asking if the wearer is okay. If not dismissed, the watch will automatically call MePACS and connect you to a member of our response team who can assess the situation for you and organise the right help fast.

Don’t worry if you happen to miss the message either – it is better to have MePACS check on your welfare with an accidental call to MePACS than to have no one know what has happened at all.

The most common place for someone to fall is the bathroom, where a tiled surface can pose a falls risk when wet, followed by the kitchen and bedroom. Luckily, the MePACS SOS watch is water-resistant and can be worn in the shower, bath and even while doing the dishes. Simply remove the watch and dry it thoroughly with a towel afterwards.

For seniors that have an increased risk of fainting or a fall, a medical alert watch can make all the difference when it comes to essential assistance in a medical emergency.

What are risk factors for falls?

Over the age of 65, we realise that our body may not respond the way it used to and can start to experience reduced coordination, strength, balance, joint flexibility, respiratory function and increased blood pressure.

In particular, coordination, strength, balance and flexibility significantly contribute to an increased risk of falls and can be influenced by other health factors:

  • extended period of medical illness or bed rest
  • low muscle mass and strength
  • visual impairment
  • poor balance
  • problems with walking patterns (gait)
  • health conditions, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease
  • musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis
  • medication, including how many and types of medication taken
  • foot problems and footwear

Who is most at risk for falls?

Seniors and people living with disabilities can be at a greater risk of having a fall due to existing health conditions that impact mobility and balance. Although they will often be safer at home than outside, a fall can happen just as unexpectedly and it would be a good preventative measure to have an Occupational Therapist assess each room for obstacles that could contribute to this risk.

A MePACS medical alert watch can help prolong your independence and the time you are able to live in your own home as we are available 24/7, and our team have been trained to respond efficiently to medical emergencies.

What is fall detection technology?

Fall detection technology can include wearable devices that are triggered to a dramatic shift in gravity and hard impact, such as if you were to fall to the ground while standing up.

There are quite a few fall detection devices in the market, including medical alert watches, smart watches, personal alarms and fall detection pendants. Each of these differ in the ease of use and additional functions.

*It’s important to note that not all falls will activate the watch. The sensors will only be triggered in the event of a significant fall, from approximately waist height. It may not be activated automatically if someone braces themselves, the fall is broken by a chair or object, and if they slump or roll to the floor. The watch can still be activated manually by pressing the help button in these circumstances.

For more information, see: Falls Detection Brochure

What is the best fall detection device?

The best fall detection device is subjective to the wearer, but MePACS are one of the most reviewed personal alarm services across the country, with over 300 reviews and a rating of 4.6 stars out of 5.

MePACS have been a trusted source of senior health and safety for over 30 years. Supported by an Australian Public Health provider, we are one of the largest personal alarm services in Australia and pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service and care to over 40,000 clients.

The MePACS emergency response service is available 24/7, so no matter what time of the day or night it is, rely on us to get you the help you need. For more information on the MePACS Solo or our service, please call our friendly team on 1800 685 329.