Nobody expects a fall to happen. But what if it did? Are you prepared? Just in case?
Life is good and we don’t like to dwell on the “what ifs,” but sometimes there are simple, proactive and preventative things we can do to mitigate some of those scary risks. It’s why we employ safety measures when driving, taking care of our kids and even walking down the stairs. We don’t expect to get into an accident when we get into the car, but that doesn’t keep us from securing children in their car seats, buckling our own seatbelts and fixing our cars when they seem unsafe. Why wouldn’t we be proactive in every facet of life? Especially as we get older (and wiser.) And while our minds may be young, our bodies sometimes miss that memo.
So, let’s imagine that you are you.
Really, that shouldn’t be very hard to imagine.
And if you’re like the rest of us, you’re aging. Again, not too hard to picture. But now let’s imagine that you’re helping a friend to stay independent at home. Let’s call him Frank. Frank is fully independent, healthy and happy. He lives alone in a small, two-story home just a few blocks from you.
Now let’s imagine that early on a Tuesday morning, Frank slips in the bathroom and ends up on the floor. He’s not hurt, but for some reason he cannot get back up. Frank actually has one of those big, white, boxy “Help, I’ve fallen…” pendants that he can press when there is trouble. You know this because you have spotted it hanging on the dresser in his bedroom. The problem is that Frank refuses to wear it because he’s not really a necklace guy. Not to mention that he would never press the button. He doesn’t want to talk to some stranger and, worse yet, what if the ambulance showed up? What would his neighbors think?
So he lies there and waits. He thinks maybe he’ll get the strength to get up if he just rests for a while. He thinks maybe someone will come over and check on him. And he knows you are planning to bring dinner over later. But, that’s not for many hours. So, Frank ends up lying on
the cold bathroom floor for hours until you arrive and find him there. But, now he’s dehydrated, disoriented and has developed a pressure sore.
Frank’s story is sadly not uncommon. But there is a solution.
The MyNotifi® Fall Detection and Exercise Wristband
MyNotifi® is a revolutionary wearable fall detection device created by MedHab. It is a colorful, wrist-worn device, and not an embarrassing, bulky crisis pendant. When MyNotifi summons help, it contacts a designated list of family, friends, and neighbors––and not emergency
responders. This means no call center (no monthly fees.) This also means the wearer is much more likely to get help rather than to struggle alone.
MyNotifi summons help when it’s tapped. But MyNotifi does much more than that. It also detects when you fall. And when it does, it asks you if you need assistance. If you say yes (or don’t answer) it sends a notification to your personalized list of family and friends, so you can get the help you need. Having this kind of choice means that wearers feel more in control of what’s happening to them. And, according to MyNotifi creator, Johnny Ross, more likely to ask for help when it’s really needed.
Like a standard personal emergency response system (PERS), MyNotifi can be used to request help, even if you haven’t fallen. Both the device and its accompanying app come with the option to request help. But MyNotifi is different than a traditional PERS button in another important way: It does not come with a monthly fee. These fees typically pay for call centers and mobile connectivity. But MyNotifi pairs with your smartphone and has no call center. Purchase the device, pair it with your phone, and you’re done. No hidden fees. No additional costs.
MyNotifi for Fall Prevention
But even this wasn’t enough for founder Ross. “Handling a crisis after it occurs is one thing,” he says. “But what if you can prevent it from happening in the first place?” That’s why he included 38 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) approved fall-prevention exercises in the MyNotifi smartphone app. The exercises are specifically designed for strength, range-of-motion and mobility training. The MyNotifi wristband monitors your progress as you do them.
Proven, Accurate, Precise.
MyNotifi is highly accurate in its ability to detect falls, because we know the wearer and care network are absolutely depending on it to work, all the time.
So, MyNotifi has taken several important steps to make their fall detection device work even better and more reliably, adding unparalleled features to provide support in a variety of real situations. These features offer additional protection to you or your loved ones and keep the
family of caregivers constantly connected and ready to lend support in times of need. Introducing the MyNotifi Fail-Safe Features.
1. Minimizing False Alarms
Through rigorous testing, MyNotifi has tested real falls vs. movements which may seem similar to a fall, but are not. When MyNotifi detects a fall, first the app tells the wearer that it has detected a fall, and asks for verification. If the need for help is verified, then the alert goes out. If the user does not need help, it’s simple to just decline and no alert will go out. But what if the wearer is unable to respond and doesn’t decline or verify it? Well, then the alert goes out. That’s the best way to ensure help will arrive if needed.
2. Request for Help
Sometimes help is needed even if a fall has not occured. Both the MyNotifi wearable device and the MyNotifi app provide features to request assistance. The MyNotifi app has a “Request for Help” button, right on the main page. When the button is pressed, the app sends out an alert to the designated family and friends.
There’s also a feature to request help built right into the device. Simply do multiple taps on the face of the device or even tap it against the ground. The vigorous taps tell the device algorithm to send a signal to the smartphone which in turn sends a notification to family and friends, letting them know that support is needed.
3. Smart Phone Connection Verification
MyNotifi is connected to the wearer’s smartphone via Bluetooth. In order to function, it needs to be within range of that smartphone. This means that the device works everywhere the wearer goes, not just at home. But what if it’s not in range? If the MyNotifi app detects that the MyNotifi wearable device is out of range, it will sound an alarm on the smartphone. If the user still doesn’t move within range, he/she will receive an alert reminder. If the connection continues to fail, a signal will be sent to the wearer’s support network.
4. Idle Notification
MyNotifi can only detect falls while it’s being worn. Sometimes it’s necessary to take it off for a short time, but MyNotifi detects that it is idle after a period of no movement. In that case, MyNotifi will first alert the wearer (in case he/she forgot to put it back on.) If the device continues to be idle, however, friends and family will be notified. Inactivity can be caused by simple things, such as taking off the device, but it can also be caused by something much more serious, for example if the wearer is incapacitated.
5. Battery Monitoring
As with any electronic device, MyNotifi needs a working battery to function, but MyNotifi is smart enough to monitor battery drain. When the battery is at 20%, the smart app will remind the wearer to charge the device. If no action is taken, and the remaining charge falls to 10%, the smart app will alert the wearer’s support network.
How did MyNotifi come to be?
MyNotifi is the third wearable product developed by parent company MedHab. MedHab’s CEO and founder, Johnny Ross, has decades of experience with engineering, the medical device industry and sports performance. In fact, when an old sports injury required surgery, the idea for MedHab was born. During his own recovery, he created his first product, Steprite, a wearable device which helps patients with rehab. The device is designed to help patients understand how hard to push themselves to optimize their recovery. And it helps physical therapists and medical providers to more accurately assess a patient’s progress in rehab.
Ross then developed another product, called the RPM 2 . Like the Steprite, it’s a device worn in the shoe. But this device is designed for athletes, to help them improve their performance. MyNotifi is MedHab’s third product. It is geared toward the greater population of individuals who want to remain independent. It is designed for all who wish to manage the ever-present risk of falling.
Don’t wait until it’s too late
Falling is the leading cause of injury and injury-related fatalities among seniors. The fear of falling without help nearby is very real. And when a fall occurs, time is of the essence. MyNotifi was developed using high standards of rigor, with the support of a state university’s physical
therapy department, and through an IRB (Internal Review Board) approved collaborative project. MyNotifi is fully HIPAA-compliant and is regulated by the FDA as a Class I (Exempt) device. MyNotifi adheres to FDA’s guidance and regulations for medical devices.
Purchase your very own MyNotifi at www.MyNotifi.com for a one-time fee of $299 (50% less than a year of leading PERS device service offers.) No monthly costs. No contracts. No hidden fees.