Falling is a common accident that happens daily, and it can occur anywhere. Still, you may be surprised by how dangerous it could be. For older adults, those who are 65 and above in age, falling is a risk. Other than toddlers and children, elders are the most susceptible to these types of accidents. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), falls are a significant public health issue all around the globe. It is in the top two causes of unintentional injury death with over 684,000 estimated fatal falls yearly, just behind road traffic injuries. These may be grim numbers, but this is also a wake-up call to be more educated regarding falls, what causes them, and how to prevent them from happening.
According to an article from Which? there are many plausible reasons fall occurs, and the effect of the accident can range from mild to worse. Unfortunately, elders are considerably prone to falling because of a lot of factors. There are many ways to prevent accidents like these, one would be investing in fall alarm for the elderly. But before we delve into prevention, we must first pinpoint other factors to better protect older adults from these incidents.
- Aging - our bodily functions deteriorate as we get older. Our strength, hearing, and sight fade, and when we are unable to see, hear or lose our strength in our knees or arms, we become more vulnerable.
- Preventable hazards - from loose carpets to random objects lying on the floor, all of these can cause elders to tumble. Their homes can be safe from trip hazards by keeping their environment constantly tidy and devoid of clutter.
- Transfer or changing position - healthcare professionals use the term "transfer" when they move their patients from one position to another. Most times, during these transfers, accidents do occur. It's best to use technology and equipment designed to assist carers when handling elderly patients to secure their safety.
- Bad Weather - cold weather is a well-known hazard. Rain and snow make the streets wet and slippery. During Autumn, fallen leaves obstruct paths and cause unsuspecting people to trip. The best way to counter unsafe pavement is by using footwear with non-slip soles. Or better yet, stay indoors when your area is experiencing heavy rain or snow.
- Stairs - there are too many hazards that can cause anyone to fall when using the stairs. An example would be loose carpeting, loose floorboards, dim lights, lack of railings, and more. Always take the necessary precaution when using the stairs, most especially when you have elderly relatives in your home. Installing handrails on both sides of the stairs can provide support for any elderly companion.
Aside from aging, these causes can all be avoided if we aim for prevention. We now know the steps we need to take to provide a safer space for our elderly relatives. However, we can always aim for better security for our elders. We want nothing more than to provide better care when it comes to our loved ones, and that is why our company continues to strive to improve our products when it comes to their safety. This May, we are proud to announce the launch of our brand new sos personal alarm watch that represents the next generation of protection in emergencies, the CPR Guardian III.
Much like its predecessor, the CPR Guardian III is an SOS personal alarm watch with GPS location tracking. The big difference is, however, is that the CPR Guardian III is now equipped with fall detection, a feature that can better secure the well-being of our seniors.
The CPR Guardian III highlights key functions such as:
- SOS emergency assist button - in an emergency, the wearer can voice call and alert the designated SOS contact. The GPS location of the watch will alert the Guardian Monitoring APP of the wearer's whereabouts.
- Fall detection - designated to automatically detect falls and will raise an alert. The watch will confirm with the user if they are ok.
- Two-way phone calling and voice messaging - make and receive voice calls to friends and family almost anywhere in the world without the need for a mobile phone.
- Smart location tracking and Geo-Zones - built-in GPS and WI-FI tracking ensure accurate indoor and outdoor location tracking in the event of an emergency. Receive alerts every time the wearer enters or leaves a GEO-Zone.
- Heart rate monitor - Guardian monitors the wearer's heart rate BPM every 10 minutes and sends this information directly to the CPR Monitoring APP.
- Premium support - enhanced lifetime customer and technical support is included with every CPR Guardian smartwatch. If you need help to track a wearer in an emergency or help setting up the watch remotely we are always at hand to take your call.
- Body and Environment Temperature - Monitors the wearer's body temperature and environment temperature and sends this information directly to the CPR Monitoring APP
We have taken every precaution we can to keep all of our loved ones safe during this pandemic. Recently, the UK government has officially ended the preventive measure of shielding, where the "clinically extremely vulnerable" is advised to stay indoors as much as possible.
Now that the outdoors are no longer off-limits, it is integral that carers and family members can keep watch of their most vulnerable and elderly. With CPR Guardian III's real time monitoring technology, this is now possible.
To find out more about the CPR Guardian III or our other products, click here.