In honor of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month, we would like to highlight the ways in which traumatic brain injuries effect millions of people living in the United States. Many of these injuries are preventable, and here at VRI we want to make it our mission to lower the amount of those that occur.
What is an acquired brain injury (ABI)?
This is a brain injury that has occurred after birth
and is not caused by hereditary, congenital, or
degenerative causes. The two types of acquired
brain injuries are traumatic and non-traumatic.
What is the leading cause of traumatic
brain injury (TBI)?
Currently, 47.9% of traumatic brain injuries occur
from falls. Older adults are at an increased risk
for TBI especially in persons over the age of 75.
What are the risks of brain injury?
These types of injuries can produce a diminished
or altered state of consciousness. As a result,
impairment of cognitive abilities and or physical
functioning can occur. This can make it difficult
for someone who has fallen to call for help.
What is VRI doing to lower the risk of
these injuries related to falls?
VRI has fall detection pendants that can be worn
at the waist using the belt clip or around the neck
using a lanyard.
How does fall detection work?
VRI’s fall detection devices have sensors that gather
data such as impact speed and orientation change
to determine if a person has fallen. This data is then
recorded for up to 10 seconds and is analyzed.
What happens once a fall is detected?
A call is automatically sent to our Care Center.
Once the call is received, the Care Center can
initiate a conversation with the user via the fall
detection device. If needed, help will be sent
The benefits of fall detection:
- One in three seniors fall each year. Many live alone, struggle with less mobility, and do not always have easy access to immediate help. Our fall detection pendant is designed to help those in need facing these issues.
- 82% of falls occur when a person is alone. Fall detection can get the person immediate medical assistance if necessary, which can lower the chance of long-term fall-related brain injury.
- Overall, fall detection can help to bring peace of mind to loved ones. If family or friends do not live in the immediate area, they can feel secure knowing their loved one is still being cared for.
Currently, 5.3 million people in the United States live with a permanent brain injury-related disability. At
VRI, we want to make it our mission to reduce those struggling with traumatic brain injuries related to
falls. To learn more about our services, visit VRIcares.com