Falls at home among the elderly are frequent and costly occurrences. Timely responses to falls are possible when initiated by the use of Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS). More work is needed, however, in preventing these falls from occurring. Means to prevent falls among the elderly include using higher technology such as telehealth systems and lower technology such as home modifications that better ensure safety of elderly residents. Fall prevention programmes that are developed specifically for the elderly living in their own homes need to comprise a combination of both low‐ and high‐tech preventative strategies.
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