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Alerting Device for Seniors with Impaired Vision

by Kimberly O'Loughlin, Aging Technology Expert
April 07, 2016

Question: My aging uncle can’t see very well so I want to gift him an alerting device, in case he needs it in future. What would be an appropriate device?

Answer: Giving an alerting device is such a thoughtful idea. As we age our eyesight changes and poor vision can be a contributor to accidents and falls. One in three seniors will fall in any given year and the rate increases with different chronic conditions. And getting timely help matters in the case of a fall. Sometimes, all that people need is a little help getting up. Other times it is more serious and they have to go to the hospital.  Either way – getting timely help can make all of the difference. 

Because of this I would recommend is one that has automatic fall detection. If your father stays home, I would recommend one that has fall detection and is waterproof with good battery life that can be easily charged. If your father leaves the house for walks or errands, then I would suggest a more advanced model that can also find him when he is away from the house. My father is a Philips Lifeline customer and he opted for Philips Lifeline GoSafe, which is the model that can give him help when he is outside or away from home (Coverage outside the home provided where AT&T wireless network coverage is available). We all have people that we care about, but cannot always be there for them, so it is important that we know that they can get help if they need it. Do your research as there are many models to find the one that is best for your uncle.

Kimberly O’Loughlin is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Philips Home Monitoring. She leads the global business serving seniors and their caregivers with safety, health and connected solutions including Philips Lifeline emergency response services, medication management solutions and a cognitive health service. Kimberly has over 25 years of leadership experience at companies that include Vonage, AIG and AT&T.

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