Falls management

Falls management

While anyone can have a trip up from time to time, it's important to take the appropriate measures to support those for whom a fall can be a more serious matter.

There are various factors which can put people more at risk of experiencing a fall, such as health conditions including heart disease and low blood pressure, as well as dementia, vision impairment or muscular weakness. 

Each year, it is estimated that one in every four older people will have a fall, according to the Queensland Government.

While falls may appear to be accidental events, in many cases they can be predicted, and therefore minimised or prevented through careful management and vigilance.

This can be achieved through the identification of hazards to secure a safe environment, especially around the home as well as regular physical activity and a healthy diet. However, assistive technologies and monitoring can provide further support to ensure that should a fall occur, help is never far away.


Managing falls with connected care

Putting in place a fall management plan can give clients, as well as their loved ones and carers, greater peace of mind knowing that a fall won't go unnoticed. With Tunstall's range of Connected Care sensors and devices, clients have the security they need in an unobtrusive solution.

A fall can not only cause physical harm, but the event in itself can also be a source of emotional distress. Early fall detection can mean that a client receives the necessary assistance as soon as possible.

Falls management can involve the use of connected care devices such as the Tunstall home medical alarm.

When triggered by a potential fall, this alerts our 24-hour monitoring centre. There, a response operator can immediately talk to the client to determine whether assistance is needed, contacting an ambulance service in case of an emergency.

Product solutions for falls management include:


How does it work?

A falls management solution revolves around the Tunstall home alarm, which monitors the sensors installed. When a sensor detects a possible problem, it automatically activates the alarm unit to dial Tunstall’s 24 hour emergency monitoring centre. A care consultant will speak to the client and identify and organise the appropriate assistance.

Additionally, a client can manually activate a call for assistance any time of the day or night, providing peace of mind to the client’s family, friends and carers. It also offers reassurance that help is available if and when the client needs it.

Who is it for?

Falls management is ideal for:
  • Older people with a history of falls
  • People living with illnesses such as diabetes, vertigo or epilepsy which may increase their likelihood of falling
  • People living with a physical disability
  • People who have been discharged from hospital and require additional support


Why choose a falls solution?

The fear of falling is a significant contributing factor in the loss of independence and quality of life. In many cases, the reassurance brought by wearing a personal trigger can be enough to raise the confidence of the wearer to a level which can break the cycle of dependency that often follows a fall.
In situations where there is a greater risk of falls or mobility is severely compromised, a more advanced falls solution can be developed. This can assist to maintain independence by generating an automatic alert when a possible fall is detected.


For assistance in creating a falls management package, please call 1800 603 377, or get in touch via email.

To find out more, you can read our Falls Management Solutions Sheet.


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