GPS Trackers for Falling or Risk of Stroke
In the UK
people over 65 have suffered a serious fall... while you've been reading.
They will contribute to the 3.4 million every year, estimated to cost the NHS and social care £6m every single day - from just hip fractures alone. Over half of those who have a hip fracture are unable to continue living independently.
Falls are the most common and serious accident in people over 65, and the main cause of disability and death from injury in people over 75.
A GPS Tracker won't prevent a fall, but they can still be of huge benefit:
- know as soon as a loved one falls
- know where they are
- offer immediate reassurance
- assist much sooner
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Why our Tracking Device Is Essential For Risk of Falling
Detect the Fall
Our Stray Star GPS Tracker doesn't just give immediate locations - it has an inbuilt motion sensor too.
The fall alert function can be set with a varied degree of sensitivity - if the wearer should then fall, so that the device detects a sudden impact - the alert will be triggered.
A warning beep will trigger - during which time the alert can be cancelled (e.g. a false-alarm). Then, a "Fall Alert!" text message, with a clickable Google Map location link, will be sent to up to three carers. When setting the alert function (via text), you can choose whether or not the device should follow a text with an automatic call out. The person who has fallen will be automatically connected to the first carer (of the three) who answers, for a two-way conversation.
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Locate them immediately
If the person falls, you can know whether they're at home or out and about - and exactly where. The Fall Alert text will have a Google Map Location link, accurate to within meters thanks to the GPS chip.
You can also send a simple text message to get an updated location reply whenever to need to check on them.
If the person you’re caring for falls or needs any immediate assistance – they can either press the SOS button, or the call button on the side. The SOS button will send an “SOS alert!” text to up to three carers, then call each of them in turn until someone answers. The call button on the side will make a phone call to one particular person. Either method provides you with a two-way conversation to offer any reassurance and gather more information for assisting.
Tamperproof, Waterproof, Easy to Charge
For the vulnerable adult wearing the device, it couldn't be easier. They don't need to worry about going out in the rain, dropping it in a puddle, accidentally switching it off, or fiddling with leads to keep it charge. It just needs to be placed in its charging cradle (sold separately but very cheap when added to an order for a GPS Tracker) every few days.
“Tracker working perfectly. Thank you so much for the wonderful service. Now for the job of making sure my mother has it with her at all times and does not lose it. Once again thanks for all your help.”Kathy
Reducing Risk of Falling
A GPS Tracker with fall-alerts only offers some additional assistance and isn't guaranteed to trigger - for example if somehow the device doesn't absorb the same impact as other parts of the wearer. If the risk exists - then steps can be taken to help minimise it.
For example, studies show that specific exercise programs for improving strength and balance and reduce the risk of falling by over half. If everyone over the age of 65 followed a relevant mild exercise routine, it would prevent 7000 unnecessary deaths a year.
Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days a week. Everyone in later life should undertake physical activities to improve muscle strength at least twice a week in addition to the main recommendation of two-and-a-half hours, which don't need to be gym based - they can include hobbies such as heavy gardening or
Older adults at risk of falls should also work on balance training exercises on two or more days per week to help prevent falling - which could be aerobic activities to enhance balance like dancing, or improving balance with muscle strengthening like tai chi.