Getting older doesn’t mean you have to lose your independence. Thanks to medical alert systems, you can call for help at any time. These devices are typically small and discreet, meaning you can wear them with ease and increase your confidence and safety in your home. With the simple push of a button you can instantly connect to assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The dispatcher will then send emergency assistance or, if the situation is less severe, contact a friend or family member on your behalf.
If you aren’t sure if a medical alert system is right for you, that’s okay. That’s also why we compiled four ways these systems can help seniors.
One of the unpleasant realities of aging is that many seniors feel isolated as they age. Kids move away. Geographical distance makes it difficult to see family or friends. Health conditions can make travel a difficult, rare occasion. This can make a medical alert system a great option for isolated seniors. However, even if you do have friends and family close by, you may still want to consider an alert system. Medical alert systems give you 24/7 access to help in an emergency situation, and are especially helpful if you should fall in a spot where you can’t reach your phone. Plus, these systems may be able to get you help faster than the friend or neighbor closest to you.
Fact: as you get older, you body grows weaker. As we age, the risk of falls increases. A true and scary stat is that 62% of fall victims are unable to live alone if they do not receive help within one hour of a fall. If you suffer from a hazardous fall in your home, who will be there to help you? With the 24/7 monitoring of a medical alert system, help can just be minutes away, providing both you and your loved ones much-needed comfort.
For many seniors, the biggest draw of an alert system is that it allows them to continue living independently. An alert system is an especially valuable tool if you live alone. Additionally, they can alleviate the need for full-time in-home care and monitoring.
Giving your family peace of mind is one of the greatest gifts any person can provide. When you have an alert system in your home, everyone worries less. Your family doesn’t worry about your safety as much. Plus, you may find it lessens your own anxieties, especially if you’re on medication that causes you to feel dizzy or faint. This system will allow you to have your own space while also assuring your family members that you are safe.
Medical alert systems can benefit almost all seniors in some way. This is especially true for seniors who live alone, as well as seniors who have a history of falls. Also, seniors with mobility issues and seniors who are on medication that cause dizziness or vertigo will almost certainly benefit from the extra security of an alert device. Finally, alert devices can also aid seniors who worry about their physical limitations, feel generally anxious about living alone, or don’t have nearby family.