Why Every Senior Should Have a Medical Alert System with Fall Detection

Oct 8, 2015, 17:12 PM by User Not Found
blog-fall-detectionIf you fell and no one was around, what would you do? If you couldn’t get up, how long would it take before someone found you? Many people think that a fall won't happen to them, but the statistics say otherwise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year one in three adults older than 65 years old will experience a fall. While this makes a good case for getting a fall detection medical alert system, there are even more disturbing facts that show just how important and lifesaving this type of device can be.

Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults.

  • The leading cause of injury among older adults, both non-fatal and fatal, is falls. In 2013, non-fatal falls accounted for 2.5 million of emergency room visits by older adults. Of that number, more than 734,000 of the patients were admitted to the hospital for treatment. A senior who falls and is unable to get back up, often experiences extreme pain and their injuries are exacerbated as they struggle to get up or call for help.
  • A staggering 20% to 30% of falls in the elderly result in moderate to severe injuries including: head trauma, lacerations, and hip fractures.
  • Traumatic brain injuries are most commonly caused by falls. Traumatic brain injuries present a great risk to adults over 65 - with nearly half of fatal falls occurring as a result of trauma to the brain.

Falls can cause serious injury.

  • Most fractures sustained by older adults are due to falls - causing injury to the spine, leg, upper arm, forearm, ankle, hand, pelvis, and hip.
  • Falls are the cause for more than 95% of hip fractures.
    • 258,000 hip fractures are seen in hospital emergency rooms and clinics each year.
    • The rate for hip fractures is nearly double for women.

The lasting effects of injuries from falls can be life changing. Injuries impact the individual's mobility, making daily movement difficult. This can lead to significantly decreased functioning and even an inability to live independently.

Falls can cause anxiety … and increase the risk of future falls.

A common consequence of falling is an increased fear of falling. Many people who experience a fall become afraid of falling, even if they did not sustain any major injuries. This fear can be crippling, causing individuals, including seniors and the elderly, to restrict their daily activities.

This decrease in activity often takes the patient down a slippery slope, with a bitterly ironic result. As general mobility becomes increasingly limited, the patient experiences a decline in physical fitness - causing an increased risk of future falls and a decline in an active aging lifestyle. The fear of falling actually heightens the probability of the feared fall.

Falls can steal away an active aging lifestyle and independence.

As people age, falls have a greater impact on their lives. They can be robbed of independence, mobility, and the freedom to continue doing the things they enjoy. Falls are particularly devastating for elderly people who are 75 years old or older. Falls experienced by people within this population subset are up to five times more likely to have their fall result in spending a year or more in a long term care facility, than those who are between 65 to 74 years old.

If you are in a high-risk group for falls, or you love someone who is, it is worth looking into getting an elderly fall detection medical alert system. When a fall is detected, the device signals that the individual is in trouble and help is immediately dispatched. Unfortunately, many falls in the elderly result in the victims spending all night on a cold floor, in pain, before any type of help arrives. This period of unattended pain is incredibly dangerous to the senior's health, and often results in greatly increased injury, or even death.

Don’t live with a false sense of security; thinking this can’t happen to you. Don’t fool yourself into believing that you or your loved one is safe from the risk of falling. Realistically, a fall can happen to anyone at any time – and when it does, you want to ensure that help is readily available.

Live with confidence and real security, knowing that you or your loved one is protected 24/7. Maintain independence and release yourself or loved one from a life of anxiety and fear. A medical alert system with fall detection provides the safety and dignity that everyone deserves. Maintain your active aging lifestyle by learning how to prevent falls and by browsing GreatCall’s line of devices, including the GreatCall splash with a built in fall alert system.