Not unlike rebellious teenagers, our aging loved ones crave their independence; however, the latter is looking to hold on to theirs rather than gain it – and rightly so. Whether you are a senior or have come here seeking advice for an aging loved one, a medical alert device or emergency response system can offer everyone concerned a realistic, effective, and affordable solution. If you find that the majority of these 5 signs apply to your situation, consider looking into one of these invaluable, life-saving devices.
Recent Falls/Bruises – You’ve likely heard the statistics that 1 in 3 seniors will have a fall annually (1). An occasional fall will happen as will sporadic bruising, but regular incidents, particularly concerning unexplained, frequent bruises is a concern not to ignore. Keep in mind, that many seniors fear loosing their independence and may not inform you of every (or any) incidents that occur, so be aware of any physical symptoms.
Driving & Shopping Alone – One of the biggest concerns that loved ones encounter with seniors is their strong will to continue operating an automobile and doing errands on their own. Medical alert devices come in handy in case of an accident or in a precarious situation while shopping. A personal response system will bring immediate help at the touch of a button without the need to use a mobile device, which may not be convenient.
Physical Weakness/Poor Balance – A natural part of the process of aging is the loss of physical strength, coordination, and balance, and some seniors suffer worse than offers with such symptoms. As a caregiver or responsible senior yourself, take note of any reduced capacities, weakness, and balance issues. Continual symptoms put one at higher risk of suffering an accident or fall at any time, which may require immediate assistance.
Mobility/Accessibility – Seniors that live homes with stairways are at greater risk of an in-home incident (2), making a personal response system an invaluable tool. Homes lacking accessibility equipment in the bathroom such as in-shower railing systems are also high-risk for seniors, particularly those with limited mobility. A medical alert system is more affordable than moving or converting a home and offers an ideal solution for aging seniors seeking to maintain their independence and freedom.
Expressions of Guilt – When a loved one has to come unexpectedly to the rescue, feelings of guilt may surface. No one likes to be an inconvenience, and a senior that expresses feelings of guilt for interrupting your time. This is nonsense to a caregiver, who wants to be there, but a personal response system can offer both parties more freedom and alleviate guilty emotions.
Getting on in years or caring for an aging loved one doesn’t have to be time of constant concern. Seniors can live independently and offer their family and friends peace of mind with a personal response system – a substantial payoff for such a small, affordable device.