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November 2013

When the elderly parent wants to remain living in their own home

By | emergency response center, Emergency Response System, medical alert, medical emergency response systems

Personal-Emergency-Response- System-floridaMore than 33 percent of accidents and falls involving people over age 65 occur at home, according to the CDC. A caregiver’s worries never end, particularly when the elderly parent wants to remain living in their own home – which most seniors would prefer to do for as long as possible. But what if an elderly mother falls, or dad has heart attack, stroke or any medical emergency? What if they are home alone? What if they can’t get to a telephone to dial for help?

 

There are many devices available that will instantly summon help in the event of an emergency. Sometimes called Personal Emergency Response System, Medical Alert, or Medical Emergency Response Systems, all systems work in essentially the same way: When emergency help (medical, fire, or police) is needed, the senior presses the transmitter’s button. The elderly person wears the transmitter around their neck, on their wrist, belt buckle or wheelchair. In case of emergency, the senior calls for help by simply pressing the alert button, without needing to reach the telephone.

 

Emergency Response Systems have three components: a small radio transmitter (a help button carried or worn by the user); a console, or base station, connected to the user’s telephone; and an emergency response center that monitors calls. The console automatically dials the Central Monitoring Station. Most systems can dial out even if the phone is in use or off the hook. (This is called “seizing the line.”)

In addition to dialing the emergency response center, once notified, the operator will also contact family, friends and neighbors. With so many systems on the market, what should a caregiver look for when purchasing?

What if there’s a fall and nobody’s there to help?

By | Emergency Response System, fall detection, FallAlert system, personal emergency response systems, Personal Medical Alarms

fall-alert-system-jupiter-flEven when a caregiver makes diligent efforts to prevent their elderly parent from falling, falls are often inevitable. Falls can result from a variety of conditions such as mobility, difficulty from arthritis, vertigo from poor circulation, negative reactions to medication, etc. Whatever the cause, more than one third of seniors will fall this year.

Personal emergency response systems can help by providing a “panic button” device that a senior can press if an accident occurs. But what happens if the senior is unconscious, forgets to wear the device, or is in shock from falling and simply forgets to press the button? In those cases, that “panic button” is essentially useless.

Fall detection sensors measure a person’s sway, orientation, and impact with surface.The senior clips on a chest strap or wrist band.

Because the strap comes in contact with the skin, the monitoring company and caregiver will know if the senior is wearing the device, or they forget to put it on.

A similar product is a pendant-style help button that can automatically place a call for help if it detects a fall.

These devices use sensors to constantly monitor a person’s movement and activities. It uses multiple sensors to constantly monitor a person’s movement by assessing height, orientation and accelerated movement to distinguish between normal activities and falls. For example, when a person is walking, sitting in chair or getting out of bed, the systems are monitoring those motions as normal activity. The LifeCall Automatic Fall Alert System measures the acceleration in changes in movement, as well as the person’s height and heart rate. When a person falls, the device automatically senses the acceleration of a movement and change in height. The monitoring system automatically activates and calls for emergency help, as well as contacting the caregiver.

This type of technology enables caregivers to take comfort in knowing their parent’s button will call for help, even if they can’t.

One out of every three seniors falls every year.

By | fall detection, FallAlert system, Uncategorized

fall-alert-system-fort-lauderdaleFalls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions among the elderly population. In fact, one out of every three seniors falls every year. Last year alone, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Several factors contribute to the fact that seniors fall so much more frequently than younger people:

  • Lack of physical activity. Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased bone mass, loss of balance, and reduced flexibility.
  • Impaired vision . This includes age-related vision diseases, as well as not wearing glasses that have been prescribed.
  • Medications. Sedatives, anti-depressants, and anti-psychotic drugs, plus taking multiple medications are all implicated in increasing risk of falling.
  • Diseases. Health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis cause weakness in the extremities, poor grip strength, balance disorders and cognitive impairment.
  • Surgeries. Hip replacements and other surgeries leave an elderly person weak, in pain and discomfort and less mobile than they were before the surgery.
  • Environmental hazards. One third of all falls in the elderly population involve hazards at home. Factors include: poor lighting, loose carpets and lack of safety equipment.

However, falls are not an inevitable part of growing older. Many falls can be prevented by using a fall detection or FallAlert system as well as by making the home safer and using products that help keep seniors more stable and less likely to fall.

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Is a Medical Alert System Right for You?

By | Uncategorized

 

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Just because you are of a certain age doesn’t mean you need a medical alert system.

Truthfully people of all ages could benefit from medical alarms, seniors; those living with a disability or those with significant medical condition could all be a great candidate for such a device. So how do you know if a medical alert system is right for you or someone you love?

First consider the purposes of medical alarms:
  • To provide 24 hour monitoring.
  • To call for help in the event of a medical emergency.
  • To keep track of a person. Some systems are built with GPS, which can be wonderful for someone in early stages of Alzheimer’s.
  • To remind you to take your medication.
  • To call emergency services in the event a detector or sensor such as fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, temperature or security alarm is triggered.
  • To call family members.

Next, answer the following questions to see if medical alert systems are right for you:

  1. Do you live alone or spend more than a several hours a day alone?
  2. Do you have a serious medical condition such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic heart failure, etc?
  3. Do you have physical challenges that require you to use a walker, wheelchair or cane?
  4. Are you the kind of person who likes people checking up on you?
  5. Are you the kind of person who will ask people for assistance?
  6. Are you the kind of person who keeps a charged cell phone with you at all times?
  7. Most importantly, are you willing to keep medical alarm on you and are you willing to use it when needed?

If you answered ‘yes’ to questions 1, 2 or 3, and ‘no’to questions 4, 5 and 6, you might benefit from having medical alert systems in your home. But medical alarms are only as good as the people who wear them, so if your answers to question number 7 were no, then you are not a good candidate.

Before you totally support or dismiss whether a medical alert system is right for you or your loved one, consider these benefits:

  • It lets you live independently and your family and friends do not have to worry about you.
  • Many devices are waterproof so you can wear them in the shower.
  • When you wear the device it is in reach, essential for contacting assistance in case of medical or security emergency.
  • They ensure rapid responses in times of need and connect you with trained emergency personnel.
  • Personal information, such as allergies, medical conditions and unique needs, are kept on file and communicated to emergency professionals.

Don’t wait for an emergency to occur before you decide it is time to invest in a medical alert system. Be prepared! And provide yourself or your loved ones with peace of mind that help available with the push of a button.