Skip to main content
Aging in Place

How to get Mom (or Dad) to wear a safety device

By May 6, 2023October 9th, 2023No Comments

Getting a senior to wear a safety device (such as a fall detector) can be challenging, especially if they feel like it’s an infringement on their independence or privacy. Here are some tips that may help:

  1. Explain the benefits: Help your loved one understand why such a device is important. Explain that it can provide peace of mind for both them and you, and that it can help them get help quickly in an emergency.
  2. Involve them in the decision-making process: Allow the senior to have a say in choosing the type of device they would like to wear. Let them try on different options and choose one that feels comfortable and non-intrusive.
  3. Make it a part of their routine: Encourage the senior to wear the device at all times, and make it a part of their daily routine. For example, they could put it on first thing in the morning and take it off at night.

Most people resist wearing devices like this because of the social stigma: a fall-alert pendant brands them as “vulnerable.” That’s one reason why BoundaryCare can be a good solution. It uses the Apple Watch — which is the opposite of social stigma; it’s social status. The vast majority of our customers report no problems getting their loved one to wear the Apple Watch. With BoundaryCare, caregivers can get alerts about falls, location, heart rate, heart rhythm, medication adherence, and more. You and your loved one decide which features to turn on, so only the features you need are enabled.