Motion Sensors Allow for Independent Living for Elderly

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Can motion detectors act as medical alerts?

Motion Sensors Allow for Independent Living for Elderly

Motion detectors can be key to the security and welfare of elderly people in their homes. As medical alerts, they enable seniors and disabled people to live independently, while their welfare is monitored 24 hours a day.

Here's how motion detectors with medical alerts work: They are strategically placed around a house to follow the routine movements of occupants.

Sensors in a hallway and kitchen, for example, would detect a person getting out of bed in the morning and fixing coffee. As the sensor detects motion, it sends a signal to the receiver, which is monitored by a 24-hour response system.

There are many benefits to medical monitoring through motion sensors:

  • This passive form of monitoring allows people privacy, and enables them to live their lives without intrusion.
  • An interruption in signals is a sign of trouble. If an elderly homeowner falls down or has an accident but cannot summon help, the monitoring service will note the inactivity and respond.
  • A new kind of motion detector for medical alerts uses sensors and a microprocessor to tell when someone falls down. It clips to the user's waistband, so people take it with them. It automatically transmits a signal to a control panel, which alerts a response service.



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