Fall detection watches do offer some significant advantages over fall detection pendants. Here are some key reasons why a fall detection watch may be the better choice for you or your loved one:
- With pendants, there is always a risk of the wearer taking it off and forgetting to put it back on. For example, wearers might take the pendant off to sleep comfortably and get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom – forgetting to put the necklace on. If a fall occurs at this time, it would then most likely go undetected. Unlike pendants, watch wearers tend to keep them on 24/7, which ensures that the device will be in place to detect the fall.
- Pendants are often limited to in-home use or require a smartphone for mobile use. This is problematic, as many seniors don’t own a smartphone. Fortunately, fall detection watches work no matter where the user goes, and some don’t require a smartphone or app.
- Some users find the pendant devices unattractive. No one wants to walk around wearing a heavy, clunky, or unattractive medical device. Fall detection watches, by contrast, come in sleek, attractive designs.
- In addition to the aesthetic challenges, pendants devices can be stigmatizing.Many seniors don’t want to telegraph the fact to others that they are worried about falling or at a high risk of injury.
- Fall detection watches are discreet and stylish. No one is aware that your watch is a fall detection device unless you tell them.
- Many pendants require you to press a button for help, but the wearer may not be able to do so if they’ve fallen and are badly injured. Luckily, watches like the Kanega Watch are voice-activated and don’t require the user to push a button for assistance.