So, last year I was a fall risk, due to my Guillain Barre Syndrome, and did fall on a regular basis. I didn't go outside unless someone in my family was around. Early one evening I ventured off the patio to do something I don't remember. I do remember thinking I could fall and no one would know, because my husband and daughter were inside.
Well, I did fall in the pathway and couldn't get up. I even crawled over to a stack of potting soil to use it to climb, but it wasn't really high enough. I called out for my family and laid there exhausted for a while. Finally, my daughter came looking for me and helped me climb up the potting soil and stand. At the time, I thought I should find some alarm.
Not long ago, I was introduced to SABRE’s line of safety gear for outdoorsmen/women and they sent a sample of their alarm ( and gel pepper spray) for me to test. I explained my interest with their Personal Alarm Clip and LED Light not just from a general safety perspective, but especially for those who are a fall risk or have other functional limitations.
The alarm is perfect for any age and is easy-to-use. A press of the button is attention grabbing; with a 120 dB alarm audible 600 feet (185 m) away. It is easily accessible, simple and effective; when clipped to avoid fumbling for the alarm. To activate the weather-proof alarm, simply press the button to turn the alarm on and off, alerting others to your situation. The multi-modal LED flashlight also ensures that you are visible in all light conditions.
While I have recovered to the point where I'm not falling, Im still at risk due to my sensory ataxia. I can see this little device giving me a bit more freedom and allowing me to be more independent. If I need help, my family will know in advance to listen for the alarm.
If you feel stuck inside or fear being in a situation (at work or home) where you need help and no one will hear your calls, consider an alarm like this as part of your personal safety and security plan. My recommendation is to always alert those you will need to help (family, coworkers, neighbors, bystanders, etc) when you might use it ... before you head out on your own.
Get out there and enjoy life, in spite of the challenges you might face! And, stay safe!