Did you know that statistically a third of all seniors age 65 and older will suffer from an accident from a fall or other injury sustained in the home? It is true that as a natural part of aging we become less sure in our movements and what used to be easy tasks take on a new level of difficulty that could disable us from acting quickly enough to get ourselves out of harm’s way. For this reason many concerned family members encourage the senior citizens in their lives to live in a retirement home or assisted living center so that they can be under the constant watch of someone who is there looking out for their well-being.
Of course no one wants to be confined to a retirement center and you can bet that the senior in your life probably is not going to leap at the opportunity to leave behind their home, neighbors, routines, and independence for a retirement home. Fortunately there is a compromise. Medical alarms allow families to have the peace of mind that they are looking for in order to allow their senior family members to remain at home. Seniors love medical alarms because they play a large role in helping them to stay independent.
In a survey of customers of medical alarm service providers, it was found that 87% of those who had a medical alarm system said that the protection that medical alarms provide were a main or an important factor in determining that they would live at home rather than be put in a retirement facility. You too can be part of the percentage of American seniors who have found or re-gained their independence because of a medical alarm system.
Medical alarm systems basically function as follows:
1. The senior is given a pendant that can be worn around the neck or wrist. Each subscriber is also given a separate receiver system that can be used to communicate with a medical alarm operator.
2. In an emergency the wearer of the pendant simply presses the button on the pendant.
3. The pendant sends a signal through the transmitter to the medical alarm system provider.
4. The operator asks you some questions to determine your needs and contacts the proper authorities who can help you. If you do not answer the questions of the operator it is assumed that your condition is urgent and emergency personnel are notified right away.
5. The appropriate authorities or personnel are directed to your home to assist you.
So you see, medical alarms can keep you independent not only by giving your loved ones the peace of mind that you will have someone looking out for you and someone that you can contact at any time in case you need anything, but you as the senior feel safer in your home and more confident in your ability to live independently. Most medical alarm systems will even offer the service of notifying the individuals that you select in the case of an emergency.
Ultimately, a medical alarm can keep you independent by protecting you from being without needed emergency assistance for any period of time. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for a senior to have a fall, seizure, heart attack, injury or serious illness and not be able to reach the phone to call for assistance. The result is hours or even days of being unable to call for help. Time is of the essence with life threatening conditions. Fortunately with a medical alert system you can prevent the loss of any of your precious time by having help available at your fingertips.
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