Your Guide To Personal Alarms and Telecare in Ireland

Telecare For Fall Detection

Many types of telecare devices are available, including those for fall detection. These fall detectors are specialized devices, designed to automatically detect falls among elderly individuals or other who are prone to falling. 

They are connected to a 24-hour monitoring service that can arrange for emergency assistance as needed. 

This contrasts with fall detectors monitored in-house by caregivers or family members, which may be more suitable if immediate attention can be given by someone in the same household. In such cases, an in-house alert system may be more appropriate.

Therefore, telecare fall detectors are often best suited for individuals living alone or those who may be home alone for parts of the day or night and are prone to falling. When added to an existing telecare system, these fall detection devices provide an additional layer of safety and support, particularly for those at risk of falls or mobility issues.

Choosing the Right Type of Fall Detector

Living Alone: For elderly individuals who live alone, a fall detector that sends alerts to a 24-7 emergency response center is generally recommended. This ensures that help can be summoned immediately, even if the user is unable to call for assistance. These telecare fall detectors are discussed in more details below.

With a Carer: If there is a carer in the house or nearby who can assist when an activation is received, a fall detector that sends alerts to a pager or alerts in the home may be more suitable. These are not telecare devices but can be more suitable if someone is in the same household at all times.

The two types can be used together, allowing for both local and telecare alerts, which is helpful if a person is only accompanied at certain hours.

Types of Telecare Fall Detectors

The following types of fall detectors can all connect to the central hub of your telecare system.

Automatic Fall Detector Worn on the Wrist

These devices can be worn on the wrist and, although they do not detect all types of falls, they are an excellent choice for people prone to falling. Most have an integrated panic button, allowing the user to call for help in the same way as with a standard telecare button. The Vibby Oak Fall Detector, shown here, is a trusted brand of fall detector, widely used by telecare suppliers throughout Ireland and the UK.

Bed Exit Alert

Also known as a bed occupancy sensor, this device is placed discreetly beneath bed sheets and triggers an alert if a person hasn’t returned to bed within a set timeframe, such as 20-30 minutes. This ensures timely notifications to the 24-hour monitoring centre during the set hours agreed at the outset. 

Inactivity Alert Sensor

Inactivity alert sensors, also known as motion sensors, are a type of PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor that monitors a user’s activity levels. They are designed to send an alert if there is a prolonged period of inactivity, which may indicate a fall or other emergency. Rather than triggering an immediate alert, inactivity alerts activate after a predefined period of inactivity in a specific area, such as a room or hallway. For instance, if someone does not enter the bedroom during a specified time frame, like 9 pm to 11 pm, the system will generate an alert. For this reason, inactivity alerts serve as an excellent additional backup for individuals who already use standard telecare buttons or wrist-worn fall detectors at home. 

Benefits of Automatic Fall Detectors

Automatic Detection of Falls: Fall detectors can provide rapid and automatic detection of falls, ensuring that help can be summoned quickly in case of emergencies.

Prompt Assistance in Emergencies: By alerting caregivers or emergency call-handlers, fall detectors help ensure that users receive prompt assistance when needed, reducing the risk of injuries or complications.

Peace of Mind for Users and Caregivers: Fall detectors offer peace of mind for both users and their caregivers, knowing that help is always within reach in case of emergencies.

Customizable Alerts Based on User’s Needs: Users can often customize alert settings based on their specific needs and preferences, ensuring they receive the appropriate level of support and assistance at the right times.

By choosing the right type of fall detector based on the user’s living situation and needs, elderly individuals can benefit from added safety and peace of mind, knowing that help is always within reach in case of emergencies.
 
For further details you can contact our sponsor, TASK Community Care, or their counterpart in the North, TASK Connect, who supply a wide range of fall detectors and other telecare equipment.

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