Medical Alarm Systems

Written by Norene Anderson
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Medical alarm systems offer peace of mind to millions of seniors and their families. There are some 35 million seniors over age 65 with 12 million of these being over 75 years of age. Approximately 10 million of these live alone. Many live away from family or they have no family left to care for them. It is up to friends and neighbors to keep a watch on them. It has been estimated that one out of every three seniors fall every year.

One-fifth of the seniors who experience a serious fall will die within a year. Almost one-fourth will be admitted to some type of care facility. The cost of assisted living averages $125 per day and the cost of nursing home care averages $74,000 per year. Many of the falls and subsequent complications can be reduced with the use of some type of emergency help notification. Seniors who wear alert systems are able to remain at home many years beyond their counterparts with no alarm buttons.

With almost 50 million Americans being faced with the responsibility of caregiver, the current options for medical alarm systems are a great investment. Busy families are often separated from elderly parents either by workload or by distance. Regardless of the reason, caregivers can still have peace of mind knowing that if they are needed, one push of a button will get them in touch with the need.

Medical Alarm Systems Save Lives

It is disheartening to hear of a senior falling when no help is around, sometimes for days. With the technology available, this should not happen to anyone. Any senior living alone should have some type of medical alert device. Seniors are not the only group benefiting from such devices. Any person with a medical condition that puts the individual in harm's way should have some type of medical alarm system.

Many seniors balk at the idea of having a medical alarm system with the perception that it is admitting they are getting old and decrepit. Sometimes it takes a sensitive approach to help them realize the values of the device. Rather than limiting their activities, it actually makes it possible for them to do things they might not do for fear of falling. It allows them to be more active in their home instead of spending most of the time sitting or in bed.

Any movement is good. There is no price tag on being able to walk across the room knowing that if a problem arises, help is only the push of a button away. The systems are designed to be worn at all times. They are waterproof so they can be kept on during shower or bath time. This is critical for many seniors since slipping while getting in or out of a tub is an all-too-common accident. Help can be on the way in just a matter of seconds.

Peace of Mind with Medical Alarm Systems

Some simple guidelines to follow to determine if the senior in your life needs an alarm for medical care includes: amount of time left alone; weakness; vision and hearing loss; use of walker or cane; unavoidable stairs; age 75 or older; and other risk factors. If any of these are present, your senior is probably a good candidate for a safety alert device.

Many types of medical alarm systems are available. One system is wireless with a two-way voice contact. It is activated by the push of a button from anywhere in the home and immediate contact with a trained operator will get the help needed or requested. This may mean contacting a neighbor, family member, or paramedic. There are devices available for use outdoors and while traveling.


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