Libris® 2 fall detection features advanced technology and cutting-edge science, however, it’s still simple to operate for any end-user. Ko Matsuo is a Product Line Manager for Numera fall detection devices, and we’ve tapped into his healthcare market expertise. He explains how the Libris 2 devices makes ‘aging in place’ possible for seniors. Ko also emphasizes that the response benefits of the Libris 2 device go beyond helping just seniors to people with health issues or lone workers. His insightful answers give dealers information they can use to capture new customer opportunities.

1. How does the Libris 2 MPERS empower seniors?

It allows them to live and age independently. Why is this important? Living independently gives seniors several benefits such as the comfort of being in a familiar environment, the assurance of knowing that belongings are in specific locations, and the freedom of pursuing individual routines and making personal decisions. The Numera Libris 2 device allows people to continue to safely live in their own homes, greatly contributing to a longer, happier and improved quality of life.

2. Other than helping active seniors, what other markets or types of users can benefit from Libris 2 fall detection?

Fall detection is a diverse but specialized market. There is an increasing incidence of chronic disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in which fall detection, in conjunction with real-time medical data can help people manage these conditions. In addition, the advanced fall detection technology in our Libris 2 Mobile Personal Emergency Response System product can also help health care providers manage and decrease emergency room re-admittance, which is the biggest cost for the healthcare system. Finally, there are applications for lone workers, truck drivers, night shift workers, or hospitality workers who may work in dangerous or hazardous environments who need the ability to call for help in case of emergency.

3. Besides physicians and healthcare workers, who else should be recommending the unique fall detection capabilities of the Libris 2 devices to seniors?

Libris 2 fall detection is part of a larger picture that includes the decision to take ownership of aging. The decision must ultimately be made by the individual senior. However, decisions are not made in a vacuum. The largest influencers to seniors often are not professionals in the field, but social groups such as friends and family, as well as information sources such as senior advocacy organizations, media outlets or the internet. The need for fall detection is usually triggered by an event, which creates concern or worry. Often, the combination of real events in conjunction with close social pressure and supporting information is what convinces a senior to take ownership of their aging and embrace technologies such as maintaining mobility and independence from the fall detection capabilities in the Libris 2 MPERS.

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Want to learn more about the technology behind the Libris 2? Read the latest post from Jenny Sheep, Senior Software Engineer for Numera.

Answering Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

The Numera® Libris® 2 MPERS offers the industry’s best mobile personal emergency response system with the most accurate fall detection and location services built in. Using the information from various advanced fall algorithm technologies, the Libris 2 pendant enables monitoring operators, responders, and caregivers to know what type of help is needed so they can administer it faster.

But, there’s even more to recommend in these mobile safety devices. We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions below in order to give you the information you need on MPERS, the benefits of using Libris 2 devices, and how the product can ultimately make a senior MPERS user feel safer and more secure in the comfort of their home.

What is an MPERS device and how does it work?
A Mobile Personal Emergency Response System, or MPERS, is a small, lightweight pendant that users can wear around their neck, wrist or on a belt. It works by using a powerful combination of the latest technologies allowing the wearer to have two-way voice communication directly through the pendant. An MPERS device also has the ability to automatically alert an operator along with their GPS location when an emergency occurs such as a fall, heart attack, stroke or home burglary.

How can caregivers receive notifications from loved ones using an MPERS device?
To help put a family’s mind at ease, an MPERS device provides the peace-of-mind knowing a loved one can get help 24/7. With MPERS, a senior is able to quickly communicate with a live, well-trained operator who can take the appropriate action based on the situation. The Everthere™ portal also allows caregivers the ability to log in and get device and location information.

Is the Libris 2 MPERS easy to use?
Operating the device is simplified with one-button operation, or through the automatic call feature without the need to press a button. Besides being easy to charge with its 48-hour rechargeable battery, it is simple to set up right out of the box. And, it features an integrated loudspeaker and microphone that eases voice contact.

Can MPERS alert first responders even if the person is unable to speak or is too far from the system base station?
There are circumstances that prevent a person from communicating verbally. The MPERS is able to transmit an alarm even if the operator cannot speak directly to the wearer, they still can immediately notify the right first responder agencies. Plus, MPERS features integrated GPS technology so the wearer can be located as necessary.

What if the MPERS user lives in a more remote area, will they still be able to get emergency help?
The mobile connectivity aspect of an MPERS device means a senior or someone who lives alone has access to help virtually anywhere. Using the same, reliable 4G LTE cellular service you rely on with your smartphone, MPERS connectivity coverage is nationwide. Fully-staffed response centers are available to dispatch help no matter where a person is located – they are always connected in case of an emergency.

How does the Libris 2 MPERS enable seniors to age in place?
The Numera Libris 2 personal emergency response and health monitoring device is designed to assist seniors and others to age-in-place. With features that include fall detection, GPS, emergency alerts with 2-way voice capabilities and remote monitoring 24/7, seniors can stay in their homes and not at a nursing home facility. In addition, the health and wellness of these seniors can be checked by monitoring stations, managed care facilities, and caregivers through remote portals, which provide device status and geo-location. This functionality enables seniors to enjoy a longer and more independent life.

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The Libris® 2 fall-detection pendants are not only giving seniors and lone workers an added feeling of safety and independence, they’re also backed by powerful technology, making it the most advanced MPERS in the industry. Jenny Sheep, a Senior Software Engineer for Numera® personal emergency response devices, details the integrated technology features behind the Libris 2 pendants. Jenny focuses on the importance of designing for accuracy and how she and her team have achieved just that in the Libris 2 pendant. Her data points make compelling sales messages helping dealers to easily highlight the advantages of state-of-the-art fall detection.

1. What advancements make the Libris 2 devices the best fall detection MPERS device on the market?
We have developed fall detection technology based on actual human falls, which is a significant strength that lets us constantly improve the Libris 2 pendant. The Libris 2 device also features pinpoint GPS location technology as well as three different integrated sensors compared other devices that have more limited fall detection capabilities. Not only do these sensors help determine a fall’s impact to the wearer, but they capture an immense amount of data. We then use this information to perform cloud-based analysis and apply it to the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques that allow us to better identify a wide range of fall categories. There are an infinite number of different fall scenarios that a person can experience so the data we gather is vital to advancing the accuracy of our fall algorithms.

2. Why is accurate fall detection monitoring so important?
The level of fall detection accuracy means the Libris 2 pendant can provide as little false positives as possible, but more critical is that accuracy eliminates false negatives so that 100 percent of falls are identified. The Libris 2 fall-detection pendant has a 90 percent accuracy rate and recognizes more than 3,000 different fall algorithms. The bottom line is that precise information on a fall enables monitoring services and emergency personnel to respond faster and with the right equipment to handle the situation giving the wearer an increased sense of security.

3. What do Numera product engineers learn from real human falls vs. computer simulations?
Real human falls are very different from computer simulations as there are multiple scenarios and circumstances surrounding an individual fall that cannot be accounted for in a simulation. We learn a great deal from these varying scenarios. How did the person fall and for what reason? Did physical surroundings, temperature, underlying health conditions or another situation contribute to the fall? And, we have found that different people can fall differently under the same scenario. We are continually using volunteers to record complete scenarios – from its initiation to the final fall and model it. This direct type of field and lab analysis allows us to constantly enhance the algorithms in the Libris 2 devices to precisely detect the type and severity of a fall.

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Want to see more on who benefits from Libris 2? Check out our latest post from Product Line Manager Ko Matsuo.