Do you, or does a member of your family experience frequent or infrequent falls? A new device called the Buddi Fall Alarm has been released to the market that might be of interest.
One of its advantages is that it is waterproof and so can be worn in the bath and shower.
It is designed to be worn 24/7 and its sensitivity can be adjusted to suit a user’s particular needs.
The Buddi wrist band recognises when the wearer falls, but the wearer can cancel any alerts, if they can get back up again. Alternatively, the wearer can press the alert button to call for help.
Using the Buddi app, the wearer can create his/her own private group of connections, who can be alerted in the event of a fall. You can also send private messages via the app to help connected people to understand what kind of help is needed. The location of the Buddi can also been seen on the app.
There is a weekly fee for wearers who wish to connect to a monitoring station, but none if only private connections are required to respond to fall alerts.
This appears to be a handy device for people living on their own, and may help to extend that option for some wearers.
The good: waterproof, no weekly/monthly fees if alerts are limited to the wearer’s own chosen connections
The bad: raises challenging questions around privacy due to the GPS functionality
The cost: stg£99.
Irish supplier: idealtechnology.ie