Mobile medical alert systems are compact and lightweight compared to earlier models (some barely weigh more than two AA batteries). Many popular brands, like Bay Alarm Medical and Medical Guardian, have even added a smart watch to their medical alert system lineup.
These discreet watches connect the wearer to a 24/7 monitoring center during an emergency via voice command or a button. For many, wearing a medical alert watch lessens the stigma often felt when wearing an obvious lanyard or clip-on button. Unfortunately, most medical alert smartwatches don’t offer fall detection—a crucial safety feature since falls were the cause of more than 34,000 deaths in 2019 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“It’s fairly straightforward: a good fall detection system may help save lives,” Jenny Sanford, an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Caregiving Coach in New York City explained.
The Kanega Watch by UnaliWear is the only medical alert system watch with fall detection that connects to a 24/7 emergency monitoring center.