Signs that your loved one has had a fall, and how a falls detector can help lead an independent life

Falls Detector
Falls are common, but they can result in injury, and they are often overlooked. Whilst anyone can have a fall, older people might be more at risk due to poor health, reduced mobility or a long-term condition.
Around 1 in 3 adults over 65, and 50% of people over 80 will have at least one fall a year (Source: NHS).

As shocking as this statistic is, it is more concerning to know that of ‘those who have had a fall, a quarter has kept it quiet from their family and friends – as 39% do not want to be a burden, according to the poll of 2,000 over-65s.’ 

Do you know when the last time your loved one had a fall was?

With statistics like these, it is important for family members and friends to remain vigilant and have regular open communication with their loved ones or look for signs of someone having recently fallen.

If you do not have an open dialogue with your loved ones, check our previous article for tips on ‘How to Approach the Topic‘.

As well as having a conversation, there are some key signs that you can look out for which may indicate that your parent or grandparent has had a fall recently:

  • Loss of confidence
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Exercising less 
  • Pain or discomfort when moving 
  • Unsteady on their feet
  • Changes to daily routine
  • Increased anxiety about going out
  • increased dependence on others for help

If you are still concerned about your loved ones, there are things you can put in place to help to prevent them from falling and/or give them the confidence to deal with the situation promptly and effectively should they have a fall. 

Furniture and other objects 

Keeping rooms and hallways clear of tables, chairs and clutter will help to prevent the risk of falling.


Rugs or mats can pose a trip hazard. Consider removing these or switching to non-slip mats, particularly in the bathroom. Non-slip slippers are a must!


Having regular eye checks and updating their eyewear will have a positive impact on reducing the risk of falls. 


Ensuring all rooms and staircases are well-lit. You might even consider motion-censored lighting. 

Personal alarms such as a falls detector

Wearing a personal alarm such as a falls detector will allow your loved one to continue living an independent life confidently. The falls detector is so small that it can be worn on the wrist or as a pendant around the neck, giving your loved one confidence that help is just one click away, should they ever need it. Check out our Falls Detector Package. 

Talk to your doctor 

If you are still anxious about your loved ones having a fall, talk to your doctor as they can give you more specific advice on your situation.

Red Button Telecare offer a range of elderly alarm products such as Falls Detector Packages and Red Button Devices. Our Technology Enabled Care Solutions (TECS) gives immediate access to our friendly and highly-trained staff, who are there to help if you are unwell, feel unsafe or have had an accident or incident, 24 hours a day.

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Video Conferencing
24/7 Monitoring
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Use in Home & Garden
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