Falls are the leading cause of injuries and trips to the emergency room for seniors, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. From head injuries and hip fractures to wrist, arm, and shoulder injuries, millions of seniors are hurt in falls every year.
About 40 percent of falls happen outside the home, according to the National Institutes of Health. These falls can be even more risky than falls at home, especially if they occur in a secluded area. This is where a mobile personal emergency response system such as Philips Lifeline GoSafe comes in. In the past, most medical alert systems only protected you in or near your home. Now you can continue doing the things you love and take your medical alert device with you.
What Is GoSafe?
GoSafe is a mobile personal emergency response system. In many ways, it operates just like any other Philips Lifeline medical alert system. A push of the button will place a call to a trained response associate, who can then call for first responders or contact a friend or family member in an emergency.
Philips Lifeline designed this system to ensure seniors have access to the medical alert devices they depend on no matter if they’re at home or on the go. This system seamlessly switches back and forth between a traditional system and a mobile system without any action needed from the user. It even includes state-of-the-art fall detection capabilities, which automatically call for assistance any time a fall is detected.
How Does It Work?
This system features a waterproof pendant with an easy-to-press help button and long-life battery that can last up to a week without charging. When you are on the go, the pendant is on cellular mode. It connects to Philips Lifeline through a number of technologies, and emergency calls can be made using cellular towers.
As soon as you are within range of the in-home communicator at your house, cellular mode switches off. Emergency calls are then made through the communicator hooked to your phone line or a cellular connection at home. This swap, which happens automatically, ensures you always receive the optimal performance from your mobile personal emergency response system.
How Does It Know Where I Am?
One of the most common questions seniors ask about mobile personal emergency response systems is how they will be found in an emergency. The GoSafe system is outfitted with multiple locating technologies, each of which helps to pinpoint your exact location in an emergency. These include GPS navigation technology, WiFi location, cell tower triangulation, an audio beacon feature, and more.
The GoSafe pendant also features two-way voice communication. This means that in some cases you can simply tell the response center associate where you are in an emergency. Each lightweight pendant has a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can hear the response center associate and respond. This means a friendly voice is never farther away than the push of a button.
A mobile personal emergency response system ensures that you can always call for help from your medical alert system, no matter if you are at home or away. As baby boomers age, they’re remaining more active than the generations of seniors before them. With a system such as Philips Lifeline GoSafe, you can continue to do all the activities you love without worrying about how to handle an emergency situation.