There are many different types of medical and personal alarms, and if you're looking for the best alarm for an elderly friend of relative who wants to continue to live independently whilst knowing that help is nearby, there are a few features you can look out for to help you choose the best one.
- Automatic fall detection.
Automatic fall detection is an excellent feature on a personal alarm if the wearer is an elderly friend or relative.
The technology detects a change in speed and altitude and generates a call for support without the alarm button being pressed manually, making sure that the wearer has help on the way as soon as possible which is a great comfort to loved ones.
- Waterproof portable pendants.
Most fall alarms come with portable, wearable pendants which can be worn around the neck, wrist, or clipped onto a belt. These can be incredibly lightweight so there's no need to worry about carrying around a heavy alarm.
The best portable alarms, however, are waterproof. Some alarms may be water resistant, but others are fully waterproof and can be worn in the bath or shower which is where most slips and falls occur for the elderly. When you're trying to strike the balance between independent living and excellent care, this is a must-have feature that gives you peace of mind knowing that yourself or your loved ones can call for support should they need it.
- Look for a greater range.
It's important to know how far from the main alarm hub you can venture and have the personal fall alarm pendant still work. Most fall alarms have a range of around 50 – 100m, so you'll want to look for a greater range so that your elderly friend or relative can have the freedom of moving about their house or their garden whilst knowing that their fall alarm can call for assistance should they need it.
- Long battery life.
The best fall alarms for the elderly have a back-up power source in case the power from the mains fails.
If there is a power cut or an electrical issue, there will be no need to worry as the fall alarm will still work and will run off of the battery power. The power of these batteries can vary depending on the alarm you choose, with battery life lasting from around three years if the alarm generates a call each day, to batteries lasting as long as seven years.
If you look for a longer battery life, it's another thing you won't need to worry about for some time and you can be comforted knowing that the personal alarm has back-up power and you or your loved one can still access the support you need.
These features make for the best personal fall alarm for an elderly friend or relative, helping them to keep their independence and live their life their way.
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