Factors to Consider When Choosing an Elderly Fall Alarm

5 tips on finding the right homecare provider
Elderly woman and The Isaac Fall Alarm

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Elderly Fall Alarm

As our beloved family members age and look to maintain an independent lifestyle for longer, it may cause some worries about their health and wellbeing. Fall alarms can offer families peace of mind that their loved ones are being looked after while at home or out and about. With so many products on the market designed to promote safety, selecting the right one can feel overwhelming. However, with some research into the available options, families can be well-equipped to make an informed decision that’s best for everyone. It is important to be aware of the following factors to consider when choosing an elderly fall alarm for your loved one.

Did You Know?

One in three older people fall every year and
two-thirds fall again within six months.

Features on Offer

It is vital to consider the features of the product being offered. These can make all the difference in preventing an accident and the time it can take for support to arrive. Some questions to ask the provider are:

  • Does it send out an alarm for help and how does this work?
  • Can the device be worn?
  • Does it have a GPS tracking system so your loved one can be located if there is an accident?
  • Is there 24 hour support available?

These questions are crucial as accidents can happen at any time in the day or night. By choosing one with the right features, you can provide the care needed for your loved one while also giving them the freedom and independence to live safely on their own.

Isaac Care uses a unique blend of care and assistive technology with the Isaac Fall Alarm. It has a range of features that give you the reassurance your loved one is being looked after. We provide the tools and support people need to access high quality care from the comfort of their own homes.

Isaac Fall Alarm Features

• GPS.
• 24/7 support.
• Easy set up.
• 3 emergency contacts.
• Discreet and lightweight.

  • GPS enabled whereby you can pinpoint the location of your loved one whether inside or outdoors.
  • 24/7 call centre support which means help is always at hand.
  • No set up required so it is suitable for everyone.
  • Linked to our circle of care app with 3 emergency contacts.
  • Discreet and lightweight and can be worn around the neck making it easy to access.

Ease of Use

When selecting an alarm, it’s crucial to consider its ease of use. Your elderly loved one may not have the technological know-how to operate a complicated device. That’s why an alarm that’s simple to use is the best option. The easier it is to operate, the more likely it will be used in an emergency. An accident can happen at any time, so choosing one that is straightforward could make all the difference in preventing a serious injury.

With our Isaac Fall Alarm, there is no set up required or any need for installation. When it is purchased, the buyer will receive an application form by email which captures the details of the person using the device and the emergency contacts.

Isaac Fall Alarm is received it only needs to be turned on. A nice, easy process for everyone involved.

It will then be pre-configured and sent out by courier. When the Isaac Fall Alarm is received it only needs to be turned on. A nice, easy process for everyone involved.

Reliablility

A product that is prone to malfunctioning or providing false alarms can lead to unnecessary panic and even a loss of trust. By providing a constant sense of security, a reliable alarm can give both you and your elderly loved one peace of mind and can make a world of difference in keeping your loved one safe.

With the Isaac Fall Alarm, we designed it with a sense of trust in mind. When the battery is running low, there is a voice prompt to charge it. This means you never have to worry about it running out unexpectedly. The device requires charging every 4-5 days and it has an in-built accelerometer which can detect the impact of a fall, giving you the reassurance that it knows when one occurs.

We recommend pressing the alarm button for help in all eventualities, leading to emergency services or your circle of care contacts. This allows multiple family members to stay involved and to be kept up to date with instant in app notifications.

Isaac Care provides with our dedicated team ready to assist, support and provide peace of mind for families and their loved ones.

It is important to remember that each person and situation is unique when it comes to choosing the correct product. Care should be taken to ensure that the right one matches the specific needs of your loved one, whether it is for recovery, long-term care, or at-home assistance.

If you’re considering one, take time to assess your circumstances and consult with professionals when needed. It is vital to have the right people available and ready to help, which is exactly what Isaac Care provides with our dedicated team ready to assist, support and provide peace of mind for families and their loved ones.

Get in Touch

Our dedicated team are on hand to assist you in any way. Contact us on (042) 936 8391 or fill in your details in the contact form and one of our team will be in touch.

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Falls

5 tips on finding the right homecare provider
Care worker and elderly woman

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Falls

Fall prevention is an important topic for elderly individuals and their family members. As our loved ones age, they are more prone to them for many different reasons. The consequences of this can be severe and debilitating, and injuries can include broken bones, head injuries, and loss of independence. They can also lead to a sense of fear and a depletion of confidence, which can affect their daily activities and overall quality of life. This is why it is important to know how to talk to your loved one about falls.

They can occur for a number of different reasons, such as:

  • Health factors such as weak muscles and balance and stability issues.
  • Medication with drowsy side effects.
  • Visual impairment.
  • Environmental factors such as uneven carpets or rugs.
  • Poor footwear.
  • Bad lighting.
Elderly woman and young nurse and How to Talk to Your Loved One About Falls

It is important to have this conversation early and not wait until something serious occurs. It is better to take proactive measures. According to statistics, these kinds of accidents are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. According to the HSE, it is estimated that one in every three people over the age of 65 years and one in two people over the age of 80 years, fall every year.

They can lead to serious injury and it is important that family members speak to their loved one about how they can be prevented and the potential risks associated with them. It can be difficult to have this conversation, however, at Isaac Care, we want to provide you with some practical strategies on how you can start an open conversation about it with your elderly loved one.

1. Understand and empathise with your loved one

Placing yourself in the shoes of your elderly loved one can help you empathise with their situation and how difficult it may be for them to speak openly about their susceptibility to these kinds of accidents. Being aware of the importance of using an empathetic tone when broaching the subject is key. Having a frank but caring discussion can help ensure that they understand why you are raising this issue.

Respect their wishes and make sure your loved one feels comfortable discussing their concerns and what would work best around their life situation. Showing care and concern while being honest and direct will help create an open dialogue between you and your loved one as you both work towards the same goal.

Make sure to speak to them in the following ways:

  • Show your concern.
  • Be honest and direct when needed.
  • Always remain calm.
  • Allow them to ask questions and raise any concerns.
  • Portray empathy towards their situation.

2. Emphasise the importance of preventative measures

Emphasising the importance of prevention is essential. By displaying certain statistics, like the ones in this blog, your elderly loved one will know just how serious this subject matter is. Family members can also demonstrate their willingness to help and can play a vital role in making sure the home is safe by monitoring changes in their physical and/or mental health.

Check lists can be created which allows them to tick off items and ensure that the house is safe each day. Have any spills been wiped up? Are any rugs out of place? Are all the lights plugged in in preparation for night time? Is their walker or crutch on hand in case they need to go to the bathroom in a hurry? All of these questions are vital and can be added to a post-it note and placed somewhere where they can see it each day, such as the refrigerator.

Did You Know?

Every year 10% of older people need
treatment following an injury. Falls cause
75% of these injuries.

3. Get them involved in prevention strategies

It is important to sit down with your loved one and discuss with them some strategies to put in place. Setting realistic goals with them in their own environment can be very beneficial. By setting realistic goals, you are making sure any prevention strategies will actually be carried out in the correct way. If it is too difficult for them, it should not be part of the strategy.

An example of a difficult goal is to tell them to avoid reaching up to high shelves, even though their plates and cups are placed here. A realistic goal would be to move them into a lower place so they are easily reached and therefore any accidents are avoided.

Prevention Strategies:

1. Clean up any liquid spills immediately.
2. Make sure areas are well lit with proper lighting.
3. Reduce any medication that may cause drowsiness.
4. Install and advise them to use safety grab bars and other assistive devices around the house, especially in the bathroom.

Elderly care at home and How to Talk to Your Loved One About Falls

The Isaac Fall Alarm

This alarm is here to alert family members and friends if a fall occurs. It is a smart, easy to use, personal alarm which offers reassurance that your loved one can instantly access help whenever they need it.


It is ideal for people of all ages and their family members who are concerned about their wellbeing and safety both at home and while out and about.

If you are concerned your loved one is at risk, talking to them and making it clear that you want them to remain safe is important. It is also essential to take all of the necessary steps for prevention and with the right information, families can help their loved ones live safely and independently in their own homes as they age.

Get in Touch

Our dedicated team are on hand to assist you in any way. Contact us on (042) 936 8391 or fill in your details in the contact form and one of our team will be in touch.

Protect Your Loved Ones from Fall Risks 

Assistive Technology: Protect Your Loved Ones from Fall Risks 

Falls can occur in people of any age, but older people are more vulnerable, especially if they have a long term health condition.

Around 1 in 3 adults over 65, and two thirds of them fall again within six months, indicating that the risk of falling increases with age. The number of falls and injuries in this age range will rise as our population ages.  Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury.

Most falls do not result in serious injury. But there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn, and feel as if they have lost their independence. Assistive technology can provide support and reassurance to older persons and their families, to reduce their risk of falls, and provide them with immediate assistance if a fall occurs.

 

What Causes A Fall? 

Isaac Care Older people are more likely to have a fall

Older people are more likely to have a fall because they may have: 

  • Poor balance and strength
  • Taking multiple medications that can cause dizziness or drowsiness
  • Vision problems
  • Foot pain or disorders, such as arthritis
  • A long-term health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes or low blood pressure can cause dizziness

Home safety measures are important for reducing the risk of a fall for older adults. Some things that can be done to make a home safer include:

  • Installing grab bars in the bathroom and around the toilet
  • Making sure there are no obstacles on stairs or walkways
  • Placing nonslip mats in the shower and bathtub
  • Ensuring good lighting throughout the home

How To Prevent A Fall 


Falls are the leading cause of accidental death or injury in the elderly, so it is important to take steps to prevent them. Here are some tips on how to help protect yourself and your loved ones from a fall:

1. Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help improve balance, strength, endurance and flexibility.

2. Wear sensible shoes: Wear shoes with good support and a non-slip sole. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers as they can be slippery.

3. Install handrails: Consider installing handrails in hallways and staircases to help steady your balance when walking.

4. Remove clutter: Remove any obstacles from pathways that could contribute to a fall. This includes furniture, cords, rugs and toys.

5. Use assistive devices: A cane, walker or other assistive device can help provide extra balance and stability when walking

6. Stay hydrated: Dehydration can cause dizziness, which could lead to a fall. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout

Technology to Help Those at Risk of Falling 

Isaac Fall Alarm 

The Isaac Fall Alarm is a smart, easy to use, personal alarm which offers reassurance that your loved one can instantly access help whenever they need it. Isaac Care offers two packages with their fall alarm, Circle of Care Supported and 24/7 Call Centre Supported

The key benefits of the Isaac Fall Alarm includes:

  • Easy to use: The Fall Alarm’s straightforward design is easy to use for all, especially for those with little to no technological knowledge.
  • Mobile: The fall alarm works both in the home and when out and about.
  • GPS Location: Location of fall alerts is instantly shared with relevant people through the Isaac Care app
  • Two-way communication: In the event of a fall the user can speak to their emergency contacts or our dedicated team directly through the device itself.
  • Isaac Care App: The seamless integration with the Isaac care app allows the entire family to be notified of any fall/event, keeping everyone up to date.
  • No Set Up/Installation Required: The fall alarm is pre-configured so it is ready to use straight out of the box.
  • No landline needed: The alarm has a built-in sim card, meaning there is no need for a landline connection.
  • Battery: Long battery life with voice prompts to alert you to low battery levels

The Isaac fall alarm is connected to our free family caring app, Isaac Care. The app is designed around “circles of care” which are groups of people involved in the persons’ care. Each circle of care is kept up to date with instant in app notifications.

The app sends out an instant notification of any SOS alert to the relevant circle of care, while the alarm itself initiates a phone call to the designated emergency contact.

Get in Touch

Our dedicated team are on hand to assist you in any way. Contact us on (042) 936 8391 or fill in your details in the contact form and one of our team will be in touch.

How Assistive Technology Can Support People Living with Dementia

How Assistive Technology can Support People Living with Dementia

What is Assistive Technology? 

Isaac Care app Assistive technology is technology that can be used within the home to help

Assistive technology is technology that can be used within the home to help reassure both people living with dementia and their loved ones that help is at hand should they ever need it. As much as we would all like to be available 24/7 we know it’s not possible. 

Assistive technology can support people living with dementia who live alone, or who spend large periods of the day without immediate access to family and friends. It offers reassurance that if the care recipient has a fall or a medical incident, they will be able to reach out for help. It can also help alert family members and loved ones if the person wanders outside of a safe zone. 

Assistive technology also has a social element to it, it can be used to stay in contact with friends and family members, and to keep up to date on local community activities. 

Assistive technology can provide reassurance and peace of mind that help is on hand at the push of a button. It can also help with managing medications and providing reminders about appointments or tasks. 

Isaac Care offers a range of assistive technology including 

  • Our user friendly “Circle of Care” app which allows people to easily communicate and stay connected 
  • Our GPS enabled fall alarm “The Isaac Fall Alarm” which instantly notifies our dedicated 24/7 call centre if a fall is detected. It also provides families with updates if the person wanders outside of safe zones. With built in features such as a fall alarm, GPS and 2 way call, it is all round device to allow those with dementia remain independent for longer 
  • Our easy-to-use health monitoring equipment which allows families to easily keep an eye on their loved ones health  
  • Discreet ambient sensors which track activity throughout the home, alerting to any changes in patterns of activity or activity outside of normal hours e.g. front door opening at 4a

Benefits of Using Assistive Technology

benefits to using assistive technology for people living with dementia. Issac care app

 There are many benefits to using assistive technology for people living with dementia. Assistive technology can improve communication, safety, and independence. It can also reduce stress for caregivers and family members. Assistive technology is an important tool in dementia care and can make a big difference in the lives of those affected by the condition. 

 Assistive technology can also be used for social and recreational purposes, for example, some devices can allow patients to play music or games. This can help people living with dementia patients stay connected with others. 

Finally, assistive technology can act as safety support for people living with Dementia. For instance, GPS tracking devices can help loved ones keep track of a patient’s whereabouts, alerting to wandering risks and unusual patterns of activity which could be a cause for concern. Reminder systems can prompt people living with dementia to take their medications, improving medication compliance. 

How Isaac Care Can Help Support Those with Dementia  

 Isaac Care is a new age provider of assistive technology Some ways Isaac Care can help people with dementia are: 

  • Isaac Care can help people with dementia stay safe by monitoring fall alerts 24/7 and keeping the persons’ circle of care up to date instantly with meaningful notifications   
  • If needed, our GPS tracking feature can be used to locate a person who has wandered away from home.   
  • Isaac Care can also help people with dementia live independently by providing reminders about medications or daily tasks.  
  • Our dedicated clinical team can remotely monitor health trends over time, providing reassurance that they can step in with interventions on the first sign of declining health  
  • Isaac can also promote social engagement by helping people stay connected with loved ones, through circles of care in our app.  

How Myhomecare and Care 24/7 Can Help

Isaac Care  with MyHomecare.ie and Care 24/7 homecare services across Ireland and the UK

Isaac Care is delighted to partner with MyHomecare.ie and Care 24/7 who provide high quality homecare services across Ireland and the UK

Our dedicated homecare partners understand how distressing it is to become aware that an ageing parent or loved one is developing Dementia. A great first step is to have a detailed conversation about your parent or loved ones needs and how we can help support your loved one and your family as a whole.

We are committed to providing carers who are specially trained in expert, person-centred Alzheimer’s and Dementia care at home throughout Ireland. We will take the time to understand the person, learn their life story and meet their family so that we can understand how best to meet their specific needs and most importantly improve their quality of life.

Get in Touch

Our dedicated team are on hand to assist you in any way. Contact us on (042) 936 8391 or fill in your details in the contact form and one of our team will be in touch.