My ataxia is mild according to the Ataxia Clinic in Queens Square in London, but when combined with the degeneration of part of my spine, the pain (sometimes quite severe) aggravates my lack of balance and so I fall, often.
On holiday recently visiting my family I tried to walk when I could and only used the wheelchair for longer distances - like travelling around a shopping centre.
Unfortunately I had several falls and by that I mean where I actually hit the ground. A few of these needed someone to help me get home, and one fall actually needed treatment after for cuts and abrasions. Two months on my wrist still hurts.
Falls where I or someone else catches and prevents a fall are are rather frequent.
As a result of these I started to investigate getting an alarm pendant of some sort for the day when I have a fall and can't get up and there's no one around to help.
Of what I found, most of these pendants only work in or near a home or workplace and you have to have a base station which then sends out alerts as needed.
I eventually found one which uses a mobile phone type sim card so it will work wherever you are, like out shopping. They also have a version which uses an app on a smartphone.
The question I have is: what experience have people had of such pendants, and Skyguard in particular - they are the company which I am considering using?
Here is a link if you want to read more skyguard.co.uk/