Let’s face it. It’s not easy sometimes to convince your elderly parents that you’d like them to have a little added insurance and protection around the home.
A lot of adult children make the mistake of forcing their parents to get a medical alert system. This is probably the worst thing you can do!
Remember Grumpy Grandpa is a very strong, healthy and independent senior. He likes to stay active. He’s the kind of person who does everything by himself. He changes his own oil, loves to fish and even does chair yoga.
Instead of forcing the idea, here are a few tips that have worked for our customers.
- Strategy 1: It’s not for you, it’s for me
This is by far the best strategy . Just tell your parents that even though you know that they are healthy and probably would never use the system, you and your siblings would feel better knowing that mom and dad had a backup plan.
- Strategy 2: Keep it simple
Seniors hate things that are complicated. In fact, most of us will never read manuals or buy anything that isn’t easy to use.
Although they don’t look as good as an iPhone or iPad, medical alert systems are just as easy to use and install. Tell your parents that all that’s required to install is to plug in a power cable and a phone cord. To call for help, all you have to do is push a button and an operator will come over the speakerphone.
Here are some things you should avoid:
1. Scaring them
Those “fallen and can’t get up” commercials on TV get a little old. Images of seniors lying on the ground or injured aren’t very appealing. It’s probably not the best idea to use scare tactics on your parents or loved ones.
As you get older, your chances of falling increase. Everyone knows this, including your elderly parents. Don’t remind them. Fall statistics are usually the wrong way to go about trying to convince someone to buy a medical alert system.
3. Sending brochures to their house or giving out their contact information – without them knowing.
Don’t upset people, so please tell your parents to expect that information is going to be sent to them before putting their names on any online information or free brochure request form.
So there’s our list of do’s and don’ts. Try these out and let us know how they worked for you and your family.
Contact FallAlert Medical Alert Systems, one of the leading providers of BOSCH in-home health care monitoring solutions for seniors and at-risk persons seeking to retain their independence and remain in their own homes. www.lifecall.com