The Importance of Fall Alarms on World Parkinson’s Day

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The Importance of Fall Alarms on World Parkinson’s Day

World Parkinson’s Day takes place on the 11th of April every year and April marks Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease or PD can be described as a neurological disorder affecting movement that develops gradually over time. The symptoms can include stiffness or the slowing of movement, difficulty with balance and coordination, and problems with speech and writing. Luckily there is support out there in the form of charity groups, online communities and assistive technology. The importance of fall alarms on World Parkinson’s Day cannot be underestimated as it is another form of vital support for loved ones and families.

Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer’s. There are approximately 15,000 people living with Parkinson’s in Ireland.

Support Services for Parkinsons Disease:

Support for Parkinson’s disease is available through various channels, including healthcare services, nonprofit organisations, and support groups. Here are some resources that individuals and families can access:

  • Parkinson’s Ireland: a charity based organisation that has a range of national and local services throughout the country. Services include a freephone Parkinson’s nurse helpline, online classes and local in-person exercise classes and support groups.
  • Healthcare Services: the healthcare system in Ireland provides medical care and support for individuals with Parkinson’s disease through hospitals, clinics, and specialist services. This may include neurologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.
  • EOPD: a support group and online community offering support and information to people diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease in Ireland. 
  • Move for Parkinson’s: services are centred on improving People with Parkinsons’ understanding of their illness and teaching how to actively self-manage it which can reduce symptoms, enabling a better quality of life.

How can you get involved in World Parkinson’s Day?

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  • Join the Insight Conference: this takes place from the 11th to 13th April 2024. It is an online conference where you can join global Parkinson’s specialists on topics across the latest medical advancements, research breakthroughs, mindset, nutrition, movement and caregiving. 
  • Download the toolkit: Parkinson’s Europe has developed a World Parkinson’s Day campaign toolkit to help support individuals and groups planning a campaign for World Parkinson’s Day. It is full of helpful ideas on how to take part.
  • Join the Dopamine Dance Against Parkinsons online: an online campaign taking place from April 3rd to April 11th. It aims to promote connectivity and encourage people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends, and co-workers to dance against PD.

At Isaac Care, we know how important it is to feel safe at home, with or without a neurological disorder. Isaac Care offers a unique blend of technology and care, supporting people to live independently in their own homes, with the Right Care, in the Right Place, At the Right Time.  

Our Isaac Fall Alarm is a smart, easy to use, personal alarm which offers reassurance and peace of mind that your loved one can instantly access help whenever they need it.

Isaac Care was designed to deliver additional quality care, using assistive technology within the home when family carers and homecare cannot be present.   

The Isaac Care App was designed to support family and friends and provide meaningful real time notifications including fall alerts, motion within the home and alerts if health readings fall outside of normal thresholds.  

The Isaac Fall Alarm

Features include:
– Help at the push of a button.
– 24/7 support.
– Personalised Circle of Care App.
– Real-time notifications visible through the Isaac Care app showing GPS location.
– Payment plans that work for you.

The Benefits of Fall Alarms for Parkinson’s:

Fall alarms can be particularly beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s disease for several reasons:

  • Early Detection of Falls: Parkinson’s disease can affect balance, mobility, and coordination, increasing the risk of falls. Fall alarms can detect when a person has fallen and alert caregivers or emergency services. Early detection can lead to quicker assistance and potentially reduce the severity of injuries.
  • Independence and Confidence: it gives individuals a greater sense of independence and confidence to move around their homes or communities. They may feel reassured knowing that help is available quickly if they experience a fall.
  • Peace of Mind for Caregivers: they provide peace of mind for caregivers and family members who may worry about their loved one’s safety. By having a fall alarm in place, it gives them more confidence about leaving their loved one alone for short periods or overnight.
  • Integration with Support Services: fall alarms can be integrated with support services or monitoring systems, allowing caregivers or emergency services to respond quickly in the event of a fall. This provides an additional layer of support for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

Take the time this month to show support for a very importance cause and support those with PD all over the world. Fall alarms can play a crucial role in enhancing safety, independence, and peace of mind for individuals with PD and their caregivers by providing timely assistance in the event of a fall. To learn more about how you or a loved one may benefit from having a fall alarm, please get in touch with us today. We would be glad to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

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