At some point in life, things that were once easy are not any longer. As you age your muscles start to lose strength, your eyes start to fail, your hearing, and simple things like stepping over the tub to get out of the shower can be difficult.
These changes in life are what make things like senior safety companies very valuable. Let’s face it, although we would love to hope there will never be a point in our life when we face a medical emergency and can’t get help, it does happen.
Mom could fall and not be able to call for help. Grandma Sue’s arthritis could get really bad making it impossible for her to get out of her bath. Your dad, uncle, or grandpa could slip coming in from the garage and not be able to get to a phone.
Having a button to push to get help can alleviate a lot of fear and difficulty in an emergency situation. Most of us would never want to have our loved on lying on the floor in pain, crawling, or not crawling, but trying desperately to get to a phone to call for help, without the ability. So, using a senior safety company becomes a reality, and a blessing.
Most people wait until an emergency occurs before getting a medical alert device. However, a fall, heart attack, stroke, breathing difficulty, or whatever kind of threat could occur, and if your loved one has no way to summon help, because they can’t reach the phone for help to dial 911, they lose precious time for recovery. They also often become fearful, and lose their faith in their ability to remain independent.
A loved one can remain living independently in their own home far longer by having a senior safety company that gives them a button to push that will get them help when they need it most. Usually this button comes in the form of a pendant that is worn around the neck, and can be worn in the shower, tub etc.
So, how is this better than the phone? And what kind of senior safety company button is best?
Well, it is better than the phone because it is easily kept on the person.It is also waterproof so it can go in the shower or bath, where most falls occur. However, in many respects it is the same as a phone. The truth is that most senior safety companies hook their button devices up through a phone line. However, depending on the company you go with, the reliability may vary. For example, if the senior safety company you choose uses wireless jacks, splitters and Voice over IP Internet phones to call for help, there are times that such services are inconsistent and not as reliable. So you want the most reliable emergency device, find one that simply uses an old fashioned analog phone line.DSL phone lines are also reliable. That way you never have to worry about noise, or Internet failure issues.
Using a senior safety company is not necessary. You can always try to keep a cell phone or portable wireless phone on your person, or make sure people check in on you. However, a senior safety company can give you the peace of mind that should a real emergency occur, YOU have the ability to do something about it, to get help for yourself, and thus maintain your independence.
One of the better known senior safety companies is Pioneer Emergency Medical Response. However, there are several, so do your research and find the most reliable one that fits within your budget.