Fall detection technology guide – what’s right for you?


Fall detection technology guide – what’s right for you?

With so many fall detection products out there, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. Global fall statistics show that more people die annually from a fall than from a drug overdose, so naturally, there are many available options designed to help close this gap. 

So what detection and monitoring technologies exist and how do they compare?

What fall detection devices are out there:

There are several products that assist with fall monitoring, fall detection, alert escalation and emergency help. Here’s a quick guide to the different categories and what they do:

Duress buttons: These stationary buttons are normally installed around the home in key risk areas (like in the bathroom where slips may happen), which can be pressed during an incident.

Wearable alarms: These small mobile buttons are usually worn on a lanyard around the neck, and need to be manually activated when someone has fallen or is in distress.

Smart watches: Many smart watches monitor generic and basic health factors (like steps taken and heart rate), but do not usually come configured to assist with falls or raise automatic alerts.

Fall mats: These are often installed in a singular area in the home (often times near the bed). Fall mats measure pressure and activity which can alert carers in an Aged Care or Disability care facility if a patient is leaving their bed or has fallen.

Infrared sensors: These sensors emit a short infrared beam that monitors and reacts to movement. You may notice these outside your door at an Aged Care facility, for example, so nurses and carers can be made aware if you’ve left your room.

Artificial Intelligence monitoring: This technology is the newest of the bunch, with the capacity to learn what is and is not normal in an environment, and process an alert within two seconds of an acute incident (like a fall). 

Follow this link to see how HomeGuardian’s fall detection Artificial Intelligence works

What’s the difference?

The most important thing to remember about these products is that they each do different things. 

Some products are designed to remain in one stationary area, others are designed to be manually activated in the event of an incident, some have health monitoring capabilities, and others have automatic escalation capabilities.

Here’s a visual to help you understand some of the generic core differences:

Comparison table showing HomeGuardian detects for flu-like symptoms, does automatic fall detection and monitoring, and does not require any manual activation or wearables. All other products like duress buttons, smart watches and fall mats do not do everything that HomeGuardian can do as shown in the table.

The HomeGuardian difference

HomeGuardian has been specially designed with state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence technology to monitor your environment and automatically alert up to three emergency contacts within two seconds of fall/incident detection.

The device is also able to monitor the onset of flu or Covid-19 symptoms by measuring an increased frequency of coughing; while remaining 100% private and secure, with no images or video footage sent outside your home in any occasion.

HomeGuardian’s patented fall detection:

HomeGuardian is a world-first, patented assistive technology device that uses artificial intelligence to monitor and alert for unseen falls, absence and wandering, a decline in health and changes in behaviour. 

HomeGuardian is suitable for anyone but is especially vital for the elderly and people with disabilities who live independently at home or in care facilities. 

It can be installed easily with only one cord; with no need to perform manual updates, access confusing technology or manually activate in the event of a fall. 

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