The catchphrase “Help, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” was made famous many years ago in a television commercial for a medical alarm company called LifeCall. LifeCall sold pendants that seniors and disabled individuals could wear around their necks and use to make emergency medical calls after a fall or other accident left them immobile and unable to reach a telephone.
Although the commercial portrayed a potentially dangerous situation for a senior, and one that could have dire consequences, the phrase found its way into the popular culture as a comedic punch line, undercutting the serious nature of the circumstances that lead to 35 million falls each year by Americans over the age of 65.
In fact, seniors in this country are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more than they are for injuries from all other causes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists falls as the leading cause of accidental death for seniors. And considering that one half of all people who fall require assistance from someone else to get up, it’s no wonder that a senior living alone has the odds stacked against him or her.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that after a fall or other emergency, 90 percent of people who get help within one hour can continue to live independently, but after 12 hours without any help, 90 percent are no longer capable of living alone at home. According to the Yale University School of Medicine, nearly one half of the older adults who incur a serious injury never fully recover and many lose their ability to function independently for the rest of their lives.
While fragile seniors run a very high risk of falling due to the degeneration of muscle strength and loss of balance over the years, anyone of any age can become the victim of a heart attack. And if someone who suffers from cardiac arrest falls and cannot get help, or get to a hospital within an hour or so, their chances for survival are greatly diminished. Each year, 1.5 million Americans have heart attacks; one third of them are fatal.
At Pacific Mobility, we sell products that help seniors and others get the help they need if they’ve fallen and can’t get up, or are faced with any other urgent situation, such as a fire, a home intrusion, or a CO gas emergency. Getting assistance in a timely manner can make a major difference in preserving one’s quality of life; indeed, personal 911 call systems can help save a life, or the life of a loved one.
Call or visit us today and let us show you our full line of personal call systems. The truth is, there’s nothing funny about somebody who falls and can’t get up.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)