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Fall Detection System Keeps the Elderly Safe

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 22 Jan 2013
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Image: The Philips Lifeline GoSafe neck-worn PER system (Photo courtesy of Philips).
Image: The Philips Lifeline GoSafe neck-worn PER system (Photo courtesy of Philips).
A novel system with built-in cellular connectivity helps keep seniors in touch with emergency responders in cases of trips and falls.

The Philips Lifeline GoSafe neck-worn personal emergency response system (PER) provides a unique combination of fall detection capabilities, using up to seven locating technologies to help identify the user’s location in different situations. A single button is all the user needs to access help while at home or on the go, using two-way cellular voice communication. The power-efficient design allows up to seven days between charges, and a senior-friendly charging cradle allows the GoSafe help button to be worn even while charging. The system also pairs with an in-home communicator to maximize performance, redundancy, and reliability.

Similar to the existing Philips Lifeline service, users wear the GoSafe button around their neck as a pendant at all times, both inside and outside the home. In the event of an emergency, the user can push the button to initiate a call for help to the Lifeline Response Center or, if a fall is detected and the user is unable to push the GoSafe button, the AutoAlert feature automatically places a call to the Lifeline Response Center. The Philips Lifeline GoSafe and Lifeline Response Center are products of Royal Philips Electronics (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

“Philips Lifeline’s legacy is built around helping seniors age with grace and independence. Our intention is that GoSafe will provide users with the confidence to get back to activities or go to places they have scaled back on, knowing that help is easily accessible,” said Rob Goudswaard, senior director of Product and Service Programs for Philips Home Monitoring. “Caregivers often worry about their parents leaving their homes as they age. GoSafe will give caregivers peace of mind and help them worry less about their loved ones staying safe during everyday activities; and seniors the courage to continue to live their lives independently.”

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