It happens to everybody. We age and our bodies begin to break down. Some people begin this process sooner than others and for some the aging of the body seems sudden and surprising. Before we know it we get to the point that even the slightest fall could warrant a trip to the emergency room or even consequences that are far worse.
Most seniors realize that they simply cannot do all that they used to do on their own without subjecting themselves to the possibility of being seriously hurt. Although our minds often stay as sharp as they were in our younger years, be cannot change the fact that our bodies do not fare so well in the fight against time. So seniors are faced with some difficult decisions.
One of the most important decisions that should be thought through very carefully is, “how will you take care of yourself.” For many families the answer is to assist their elder family member by placing them in a retirement home where their needs can be attended to and their safety can be assured. Reputable and well-credentialed retirement or senior living facilities are a wonderful option for seniors who are unable to remain safe while living alone at home. However, for some seniors the answer of moving into a retirement facility is not so black and white.
Living in a retirement community may have its advantages, but there are certainly disadvantages as well. Even though there are many retirement homes who strive to give their residents the same level of independence that they enjoyed at home, living in a retirement facility will never be just like home. All the things that you love about your home, your neighborhood and all of your other immediate surroundings are lost. Additionally you are not free to carry out each day exactly as you would like when you live in a place that is not your home.
So the big question is, “What can you do to stay independent while having the peace of mind that you are safe in your own home?” The answer is to use a medical alarm system. A medical alarm is a device that is worn around the neck or wrist of the senior wishing for at-home security. When the button on this pendant-like device is pushed the receiver/transmitter that is also installed somewhere in your home works as a sort of two-way radio to allow you to communicate hands-free with an operator. In the case of an emergency in your home you would simply push your on-body alert alarm, tell the operator what your emergency is, and then have that emergency help come right to your door. There is no need to have to crawl to a phone if you are injured. And the hands-free communication to the operator means that you can convey your need to receive help no matter where you are in the house.
When you have a medical alarm the system provider should also be able to provide services that can help you in the case of a fire, burglary, gas leak, etc. A medical alarm system provides you with equivalent levels of emergency care when compared to living in a retirement home. But with a medical alarm system you can have a way to stay independent while giving yourself and your loved ones peace of mind. It is possible to go about doing the things that make you most happy in the settings that you are most comfortable with when you have a medical alarm system that is there to protect you no matter where you are in your home.