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Old 06-02-2015, 03:53 PM
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Looking for an "I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up Device" for my sister. She lives alone and refuse to even have a cell phone but seems open to this.

Does anyone have experiences with any? I see some are now totally automatic if you fall you don't have to push the button?
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Old 06-02-2015, 05:09 PM
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I recommend them to most of my home health patients that live alone. There are many out there, Guardian seems to be a pretty good company. I haven't heard of the kind that automatically goes off when you fall.
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My mother does home care for a living and i'll ask her tomorrow what works best.

On a side note, does your sister have Cablevision or VOIP? If she does it won't dial out if the modem is without power or Internet doesn't work.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:50 AM
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I have seen reports of one system that uses motion detectors. if after a set amount of time there is no motion then the alarm is sent. This assumes that a fall has happened and the patient cannot get up to activate the detectors or send an alarm on their own.

The answer to which works best will depend highly on the functional ability of your sister. The higher the level of functioning the simpler he system can be.
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They should advertise that device in a different way, my dad is getting up there and I would like him to have one, but the commercials have made the device look like its for a 95 year old. I'm close to 40 and I might need one as well.
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Mom got one 18 months ago, can't recall the company but will check. It works well - they're happy to answer (over the speaker) test calls at any time and recommend it be done monthly. The necklace transmitter range extends to about the edge of the ordinary (1/3 acre) lot. I changed her deadbolt door lock out for one with a combination and they have the combination, so first responders can be told how to get in the door quickly (make sure not to lock the storm door). Whereas the widely advertised one around here is about $10/month, this one is, I think, $15/month.
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We had one for my mom before she passed. It was well worth the peace of mind and she had to use it once when she fell getting out of the shower. The company we used installed a lockbox with the house key on the front porch.
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There is a new one that extended range so the person can be outside.
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I changed her deadbolt door lock out for one with a combination and they have the combination, so first responders can be told how to get in the door quickly
Never heard of this before. Pretty smart!

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Originally Posted by Alureing View Post
They should advertise that device in a different way, my dad is getting up there and I would like him to have one, but the commercials have made the device look like its for a 95 year old. I'm close to 40 and I might need one as well.
They do seem condecending. People really do treat old folks differently. And not all is intended to be nice. But of course there are a lot of old fart curmudgeons.

Thanks to all for the advice!
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Check out Medical Guardian - we had gotten this one for my parents and it worked on several occasions. It was good to know that assistance was rendered before I could respond and arrive at their home.
www.medicalguardian.com

They have motion detectors in the push button pendant. If you need assistance and are able - push the button. If you fall and it is detected in approximately 15-30 seconds an operator calls on the standalone cellular box. you can reply that all is ok or ask for assistance. if you don't respond, the operator calls local emergency services.
Get their lock box for the entrance door. The operator will give the location and combination code to the first responders so they can get into the house. Provide medical Guardian with a list of current medications and complete a large red emergency card to post on the refrigerator that can be used by the responders.

They also offer a mobile cellular direct to 911 communication devise that can be brought in the any car. We never used this as they are now in assisted living.

I would have them test the device weekly using the push button and dropping the pendant so they were used to the operator call. During a test you tell the operator that you are testing the device and everything is ok. they will ask a second time to make sure there is no confusion as to whether assistance is needed or not.

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