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‘Convincing’ Your Loved One To Use A Medical Alarm Device

Aging in place is one of the last bastions of independence for many seniors. If your aging loved ones have been determined to hold onto their independence in this way, you know that equipping them with a personal emergency response system can help them achieve this goal. Investing in a personal medical alarm device should be brought up to your loved ones in such a way as to let them know that using one of these devices isn’t taking away any independence, but is actually assisting them with their desire to age in place.

Many individuals will say they don’t want to wear a personal medical device because they believe it will mean they are “unfit” or “not healthy enough” to live alone. If you share with them that these devices are worn as a preventative measure in the event they suffer a medical emergency or a trip or fall (which is a very real and startling statistic for individuals aged 65 and older) they may see the benefit of wearing one.

How can you appeal to the emotional side of this conversation? Here are some tips:

  1. “It’s a fact of life, Mom and Dad, that people over the age of 65 are more likely to experience a trip or fall” as a way to let them know that if they have a personal medical alarm device, a simple push of the button will provide access to medical care and treatment and therefore they have a better chance at recovery.
  2. “We worry about you.” This statement could be especially true if your parent is widowed and lives alone. Even if both parents are still living, each of them can have a personal medical device and this will provide peace of mind for the family.
  3. “It’s for peace of mind.” If you let your aging loved ones know it’s as much for your peace of mind as it is for their health they may agree to the device as a way to not only allow them to remain independent in their own home, but as a way to provide you peace of mind. It’s a win-win.

If your loved ones are more logical than emotional, here are some logical arguments you can share with them for the importance of having a personal medical device in their home (and on their person):

  1. One out of three individuals aged 65 and older will fall in the home. The longer they lie there without receiving medical care, the more serious the medical complications could become. Being able to press a button to gain access to medical assistance could mean the difference between a positive outcome or a negative one from a fall.
  2. A personal medical device will allow you to age in place. These devices offer you the ability to remain independent while providing access to medical care if needed. In the event of a trip or fall or another medical emergency, you may not be able to reach a phone and with one of these devices, you won’t have to.
  3. If your parents do not want to move into an assisted living facility, you should stress to them that one of these devices may mean they won’t have to. A personal medical device can delay that move for years, or perhaps for the duration of their lives.

If you can explain the viability of a personal medical device and equate it to an insurance policy – it’s something you pay for and hope you never need to use, but you are grateful it’s there if the time arises that you need it – your loved ones may see the benefit.

Medical Alert Systems Benefit Seniors And Disabled Individuals

More than one third of the population over the age of 65 is likely to experience a fall. If your relatives live alone and you’re not able to stop by daily, your aging relative could lie hurt and alone until your next visit. If, however, they have a medical alert device, they could take steps, at the mere push of a button, to access emergency medical care. Access to immediate medical care greatly enhances the chance for a complete recovery from a trip or fall accident or other health emergency.

Offering the senior or disabled adult in your life a medical alert device means he or she will always have access to prompt medical care if an emergency arises. Whether they have indicated it to you or not, the fear of falling is likely in the back of your aging relatives mind whenever he or she is home alone. This fear could cause them to restrict their daily activities and this can lead to increase risk of health issues. Remaining active is crucial to long term health as we age.

Equipping your relative with a medical alert system can enhance their life and help them retain their independence and add to their quality of life if they’re no longer afraid to undertake daily activities. The medical alert device can even be (and should be) worn when they go out into the yard to enjoy a warm summer day or even do light yard work. Consider too that a medical alert device is waterproof which means your relative can wear it when he is showering, something you can’t do with a cell phone. Even if you have a cell phone for your aging loved one, there is a chance they could drop it, the battery will lose its charge, or in the event of an emergency, they may be too flustered to even remember what phone number to call. With a medical alert device, at the push of a button help can be summoned and this can help to diffuse stressful, painful situations.

With a medical alert device you can also rest assured that your relative will be protected because the medical alert systems come with battery backup devices.  Medical alert devices add to peace of mind and can reduce fears of living alone, something that could be crucial if your relative is widowed. These systems are also affordable and reliable and can enhance your relative’s ability to age in place for many more years to come.

Medical Alert System Helps in the Event of a Fall or Serious Medical Concern.

Falls can have serious consequences. About 10% to 15% of all falls in older people will result in some serious physical injury.  Fractures occur in 5% of all falls while fall-related injuries are reported to be the fifth most common cause of death in the elderly population and the most likely cause of accidental death. According toYaleUniversityMedicalSchool, the chances of surviving are six times greater if an individual who falls is found within an hour.

Facts about falls

  •  More than one third of adults 65 and older fall every year in the United States.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
  • Over 1.8 million people 65 and older each year are treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. Continue reading

Medical Alert System Helps in the Event of a Fall or Serious Medical Concern.

Falls can have serious consequences. About 10% to 15% of all falls in older people will result in some serious physical injury.  Fractures occur in 5% of all falls while fall-related injuries are reported to be the fifth most common cause of death in the elderly population and the most likely cause of accidental death. According toYaleUniversityMedicalSchool, the chances of surviving are six times greater if an individual who falls is found within an hour.

Facts about falls

  •  More than one third of adults 65 and older fall every year in the United States.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
  • Over 1.8 million people 65 and older each year are treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. Continue reading

Fall prevention

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people 65 and older in the United States. Falling can happen to anyone at any age but greatly increase as we get older due to muscle loss and stability issues. Most commonly, falls impact hips, wrists and the head; all very time sensitive injuries increasing the need for a personal emergency response service. Because close to 30% of people over the age of 65 will fall this year, it is important to have a medical alarm around the wrist or neck in case the stumble becomes a critical situation.

Other fall facts according to the AAOS are as follows:

  1. 90% of the 380,000 hip fractures in the US were a result from falls
  2. Only 25% of hip fracture patients will make a full recovery with another 20% dying within the first year
  3. Most fractures are a result of a fall in the home, usually related to everyday activities such as walking on stairs, going to the bathroom, or working in the kitchen.

These facts make it even more crucial to have an emergency response service present in case a fall does occur. By being prepared and having an emergency response service in place, it greatly increases the chances of having a successful outcome after a serious injury occurs. In case a fall does occur, don’t panic and immediately press your medical alarm button. This will signal to the emergency response team that a client is in trouble and medical help will be summoned immediately; saving valuable time when seconds count!