Friday, January 16, 2009

Caring for a senior parent is simpler with a medical alert system.

Guest posting by Igor Mordkovich, LifeStation, Inc.
The role of a primary caregiver to an elderly parent is not an easy job, especially when you can’t be with them all the time. Constantly worrying about their safety and wellbeing can take a toll on a caregiver so any bit of help counts.

“More than 90% of hip fractures among adults ages 65 and older are caused by falls”… reported by CDC reports

“More than 11 million seniors - one of every three - will fall this year (Sattin 1992; Tinetti, Speechley, and Ginter 1988), and approximately one in 10 of those falls will result in a serious injury such as a hip fracture or head injury (Tinnetti 2003). More than 500,000 seniors will suffer hip fractures annually by 2040 (Cummings, Rubin, and Black 1990).”

For many years, medical alert systems have helped caregivers gain valuable peace of mind knowing that their parents can get assistance 24 hours a day by simply pushing their medical alert emergency button. This works well for situations when they simply can’t reach their phone to call for help.

The operation of a medical alert system is incredibly simple. The user can wear a portable help button around their neck, wrist or on a belt clip. The button is waterproof, allowing a senior to be protected even when taking a shower. In case of a fall, heart attack or any emergency situation, the user can simply press their emergency button and within moments an operator from the medical alert company will come on the line via the console’s hands free speakerphone. After assessing the situation, the operator will contact neighbors, relatives or local EMS personnel if needed.

This service has saved thousands of lives and given caregivers the comfort they desire. With the rapid pace of daily living, we cannot be with our parents all of the time. Having a medical alert system provides safety for the user and peace of mind for the caregiver.

There are a number of companies that provide medical alert monitoring services. An excellent article to read is the one published by LifeStation medical alert company on how to choose the best medical alert provider.

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