Emergency clocks explained simply
Digital assistants are now firmly anchored in our everyday lives. However, the new technologies not only enable a higher standard of living for younger generations, but now also for older generations. The latter benefit from AAL (active & assisted living)-focussed software and user-friendly smart devices. Active assisted living systems such as JAMES support senior citizens with everyday tasks, create trust in new technologies and even save lives in an emergency. At the same time, they make the care routine of worried relatives and professional care organisations easier.
Emergency watches are often also referred to as safety watches or alarm bands. In most cases, however, this refers to similarly designed mobile devices with the same purpose: to reliably protect their wearers in everyday life and to call for help if necessary.
Although many senior citizens already have a mobile phone or smartphone, it is not always to hand and is often forgotten at home when they go out. As a result, a person in need of help is often unable to make an emergency call.
SOS watches offer the solution. The new models are worn on the wrist and look like modern smartwatches. They are also comfortable to wear. Most watches have an emergency call button and precise GPS localisation. They also provide optimum protection on the road.
Many people share the desire to be able to live in their own four walls for as long as possible. Older people in particular feel a strong attachment to their own home. In earlier times, it was common for several generations to live together. In addition to father, mother and children, grandparents also lived under the same roof. However, demographic change and the increasing trend towards smaller flats and single households have caused the former family structures to collapse. Currently, one in three people in the 65+ age group lives alone.* This increases both the need for relatives to look after their loved ones and the demand for carers.
Safety, health & community
Everyone wants a life characterised by security, health and community for their older family members. However, freedom and self-determination must not be neglected in the fulfilment of these core elements, especially as they are an essential part of maintaining the quality of life to which older people are accustomed.
SMARTWATCHES, which have life-saving functions such as an emergency call button, fall sensors, GPS, health applications, etc. in addition to their stylish appearance, are very popular in this context.
Help is just a push of a button away
Most emergency call watches have at least one emergency call button. In newer designs, this is often discreetly positioned and easy to trigger: simply press the red button for approx. three seconds to send an SOS (JAMES emergency call watch S6). In addition to the alarm function, many models integrate GPS tracking systems, which locate the position of the watch wearer in an emergency and send it to their relatives, emergency call centre or care organisation via APP / SMS / WEBPORTAL. This enables authorised helpers to quickly locate and rescue the person concerned.
In addition to active calls for help, some models also enable inactivity sensors, which prove to be a lifesaver, especially in the event of accidents or falls. The fall sensors recognise unusual resting phases of the watch wearer and automatically sound the alarm in the event of prolonged immobility. With the help of this technology, horror scenarios such as waiting hours for help or finding the victim too late can be prevented. In addition to active calls for help, some models also enable passive, i.e. automatic alarm signals.
Inactivity detection for accidents & falls
Inactivity sensors prove to be a lifesaver in an emergency, especially in the event of accidents or falls. The fall sensors recognise unusual resting phases of the watch wearer and automatically sound the alarm in the event of prolonged immobility. With the help of this technology, horror scenarios such as waiting hours for help or finding the victim too late can be prevented.
Runaway protection for people with mild dementia
Despite their illness, people with mild dementia long to live in their own home for longer while retaining the freedom they are used to. Emergency call watches with integrated Geofece software allow affected people to maintain their rhythm of life. The wandering protection secures dementia sufferers with the help of an invisible protective field that can be customised. For example, a movement zone of approx. 300 metres around the watch wearer's home is defined. If this zone is exceeded, the watch sends an automatic SOS including GPS position to authorised helpers.
Finding out which emergency watch is right for you or your loved one is often not so easy. Before making a decision, it is important to consider the individual requirements of the wearer of the watch:
What about his lifestyle? Does he live alone? Should the watch be waterproof? Does he like to go for walks, is he at risk of falling or are he already showing signs of dementia**?
As soon as you are clear about the needs of the future wearer, it is all the easier to decide on a model.
Reliable decision-making aid
The following links will provide you with further Information about JAMES or go to the product overview of the JAMES emergency watches.
We wish you and your loved ones every success in making your decision and lots of security.
* Study by Statistics Austria. Link to the study
** Definition of the term "running away tendency": The running away tendency used to be referred to as the tendency to run away - as those affected follow an inner urge and run away. However, it is now known that patients do not simply want to "run away", but set off with a goal.