Getting a medical alert button sometimes elude our list of priorities. Especially for the elderly who is in relatively good health, this is one of those products or service that seem important but may not be urgent enough to buy just yet. It’s hard to predict when an emergency will happen. However, there may be signs that it’s time to step up and get it done.
In the previous installment of this blog post series, we mentioned that living alone and becoming physically weaker is the top reason that others have bought the service. Here, we present two other important signs to reflect on:
A Fall Has Already Taken Place
If the senior has already fallen previously, it could be a sign that he or she is suffering from conditions that make them more susceptible to falling. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of 3 people aged 65 and older fall each year. CDC’s website have reported that the probability of falling doubles a person’s chances of falling again. About 1/5 of falls will bring about broken bones or head injury.
While is positive to think along that lines that after falling once, one would be more careful and try not to fall again, the senior could fall again despite the best intentions. Statistically, their chances of falling is higher than normal. What then if they do unfortunately fall and hurt themselves? Is there a caretaker within earshot so they can be alerted to help the senior?
We came across the case of one lady whose elderly mom resisted getting a medical alert pendant despite having fallen once. Finally, she relented. Within two days of setting up the system, she had a real emergency and the button came in handy. This was one of the stories written up in Alert 1’s Medical Alert Systems: True Aging in Place Stories Kindle book.
Suffering From An Illness/ Having Limited Mobility
If the senior is suffering from various medical conditions that could increase the person’s risk of falling or emergency medical attention, it’s probably time to consider getting a medical alert button. This could include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions and mild cognitive disorders. Some patients with limited mobility using wheelchairs and mobility scooters also choose to wear an SOS button so that they can summon help easily if something unforeseen happens.
Seniors in the preliminary stage of Alzheimers or mild cognitive disorders could consider getting a mobile medical alert with GPS. In case they are out and about by themselves and lose their way, they can call on someone to assist them. A kind passer-by who see that they need help can press the button and be connected right away with an operator who could have more information about the senior’s contacts and condition. Besides GPS locations information, the monitoring operator should be able to access any helpful information like the user’s medical conditions or family contact information that have previously been submitted to their account’s records.
If you are interested, check out videos about the Great Call Splash and Bay Alarm Medical’s Mobile Alert to see how these devices work. For seniors who spend a lot of their time at home but still go out regularly, LifeFone has a Duo Home and On-the-Go package that is worthy of consideration.