Automatic fall detection is a feature of some medical alert systems that work without requiring a button be pushed in an emergency. The purpose of fall detection is to summon emergency assistance when the user is unable to press the button or has become unconscious. Fall detection systems are usually worn around the neck like a necklace, around the chest under clothing or clipped to the belt of the user. It can detect sudden, abnormal changes in acceleration, movement and height of the person wearing it to determine that a fall has taken place.
Some of today's medical alert systems now feature technology that can detect when a person falls and will automatically contact a monitoring center for help. This is an important advancement for personal emergency response systems (PERS) which are used primarily by seniors living independently. Without fall detection, PERS require the senior to push a button on a device in order to summon help. They are ineffective if the senior becomes unconscious, unable or unwilling to press the button. Read more