Wall mounted pull cords can be used to seek assistance when needed.
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Pull Cord Fall Alert System

A wall mounted device that has a pull cord that alerts a caregiver that assistance is needed once the cord is pulled. Usually installed in areas where falls are common such as near beds and in bathrooms

Advantages

  • able to alert caregivers after a fall and receive assistance more rapidly
  • device cannot be misplaced, unlike an alert button that is worn around the neck or wrist, but can be taken off

Disadvantage

  • may not be able to reach pull cord if one sustains a fall, and thus will not be able to call for assistance
  • pull cord could be obstructed by other objects if pathways are not clear and this could interfere with getting help
  • may not have the strength or coordination needed to pull the string