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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.

Nominate a Caregiver in honor of National Family Caregiver Month

LifeFone is honoring Caregivers in November during National Caregiver Month with resources, information and tools to help make the lives of these selfless individuals a bit easier.  Care recipients, friends and  family can nominate their favorite caregiver. Each nominee will receive a copy of the book Caring for Your Parents: The Complete Family Guide, while supplies last. This insightful book provides useful considerations many people overlook in the process of providing care for the elderly. One caregiver will be selected to receive a full year of medical alarm service to be used by the person of their choosing.

Please take the month of November to show your respect and gratitude to those caregivers whose efforts enable their care recipients to live their lives in good health, with renewed dignity. Nominate your caregiver at Lifefone as a small token of your appreciation of their efforts.

The Decision that Saved Mary Ellen. By: Melissa Wise, RN

“Is this a medical emergency?”

The LifeFone operator was responding to a 2:17 am alert from 74-year old Mary Ellen Rhine. A few minutes before, Mary Ellen had stepped out of bed to get get a drink of water, and slipped on a stray sock that had been left on her bedroom floor.  She landed hard on her shoulder and then realized that her leg was also hurt.

Moving was going to be difficult, if not impossible. Through the pain, she pressed her pendant button to alert her medical alert service LifeFone to the problem. From a speaker attached to her wall she could hear the reply.”This is the LifeFone operator.  Are you hurt?” Continue reading

Ensuring Peace of Mind by Choosing the Right Medical Alarm

Most elderly individuals would prefer to remain living within the comforts of their own homes for as long as possible, but with more than 33 percent of the accidents and falls involving elderly people over the age of 65 occurring in the home, this option becomes worrisome.

Luckily, there are numerous devices available to summon help in the event your loved one experiences a medical emergency while in their home. Known an medical alarms, medical alerts or personal emergency response systems, all elderly individuals would benefit from investing in such devices to ensure safety is available at the touch of a button. Continue reading

Investing in a Lifesaving Accessory

Securely fastened around the wrist, medical alert bracelets offer inconspicuous peace of mind as the only piece of jewelry that doubles as a lifeline. By simply attaching a well trusted and well researched medical alert bracelet to the wrist, the worrying is left to the professionals.

Medical alert bracelets automatically call the designated emergency response center to notify doctors, family and friends in the case of an emergency. The moment the signal is received from the medical alert bracelet, a team of trained professionals is set into immediate action.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention a 65-year old adult or older in the U.S. is treated in an emergency department every 18 seconds and an older adult dies as a result of their injuries every 35 minutes. With one in three older adults experiencing a fall every year in the U.S., equipping the elderly with a medical alert bracelet can mean the difference between life and death.

As difficulties arise with age, common household mainstays can become hazardous traps. While bathtubs and stairs are normal components of the household, they can be very expensive to retrofit. In case an emergency does happen to strike in a location within the home, it is comforting to know that help is on the way as soon as the elderly person presses their medical alert bracelet.

Investing in a medical alert bracelet is one way to alleviate some of the many stresses associated with aging.  Since accidents are not always preventable, the next best alternative is having professionals on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Responding quickly to an emergency through the use of a medical alert bracelet can aid in minimizing complications associated with recovery and save the life of a loved one.

Holiday Gifts for the Elderly

What do you give an Elderly person who seems to have everything? What about the house-bound or bed-ridden? What about the person who really doesn’t need a thing?

The Holiday Season offers the opportunity to be creative and share gifts that will certainly be enjoyed regardless of age!  However, what do you give an elderly person who seems to have everything?  Then there is the bed-ridden or housebound person who can’t enjoy all the same pleasures as others.

To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started. Tailor your gift to the health and well-being of the recipient but use your imagination and come up with something special and unique to add sparkle to the season.

1)     Favorite Meal – cook the receivers favorite meal and liven it up with decorations and linens!

2)     Photo book – collect photos old or new.  Share new stories and reminisce about the good old days!

3)     Visit from the grandchildren – arrange a visit with the grandkids and have them prepare handmade cards before coming or plan to play a game.

4)     Fix something – find something that needs repair and take care of it.

5)     Subscription to a magazine they enjoy.

6)     Personal Medical alarm, particularly if they live alone and have medical concerns, such as Lifefone.

7)     Personal Shopping service – offer to do the weekly grocery shopping for a month, two months, 6 months or a year.

8)     Dinner and a movie – take your loved one out for a special treat!

9)     Back, neck or foot massage – ahhhhh….that feels good!

10)  A month of meals – search the web for nutritious meals that can be cooked in quantities and frozen!

Gifts need not be expensive to be enjoyed!  Gifts from the hands and heart are often those treasured most by loved ones.

When Every Second Counts

As an 87-year-old woman sat relaxing in her recliner mid-morning she began to feel numbness in her arm and knew something was off. Her health began to worsen and she quickly removed a small necklace located inconspicuously beneath her shirt attached to a gray button, she pushed the button and waited.

Moments later help arrived at her apartment in an independent living facility located in Texas. The elderly woman had just suffered a stroke and thanks to LifeFone she was receiving immediate care to treat her stroke and aid in her recovery process.

“Almost daily we experience similar instances in which residents find themselves in a situation that requires immediate care through the use of LifeFone to contact emergency specialists,” Alice, an administrative assistant at the elderly lady’s Texas independent living facility, said.

With 62 apartments and 70 duplexes within the Texas facility, it is crucial to have emergency care at residents’ fingertips. LifeFone’s medical alert bracelets and pendants provide an automatic call system to contact the emergency response center located in the nurse’s station when medical emergencies arise. Their medical alert system provides the critical and immediate response service that often distinguishes the decisive moments between life and death.

Having used LifeFone for two and a half years, Alice is confident in the service both she and her residents receive from the devices. Her assurance in medical alert systems however, wasn’t always as high.

“Shortly after I came to the facility three years ago, we switched from another service provider to LifeFone, and LifeFone has been a breath of fresh air ever since,” Alice said.

According to Alice, the care and customer service she receives using LifeFone is immeasurable to the service she used to receive with another provider.

“I think the other company has gotten to be too big, there are too many departments and no customer service,” Alice said. “If I called the other company I wouldn’t get a response, or when they did respond they would say that they didn’t know what I was talking about, or would have to check and get back to me.”

With LifeFone, whenever Alice calls or sends an email, she says she always receives a prompt response regarding any questions or issues she has with the product.

“My contact person is the first person I talked to at LifeFone,” Alice said. “I email my contact person and within five to ten minutes I have a response, whether it be concerning billing or getting more wristbands and units.”

LifeFone also provides the Texas facility with extra units to keep on hand, so they are readily available when new residents move in. The units simply have to be activated, which can be done as soon as the  resident is settled.

“Residents come in with their families for the first time and they are already nervous enough, when we have LifeFone on hand we can get them set up with their family right there, and provide that extra assurance.”

Lifefone’s medical alert bracelets and pendants allow seniors to remain independent and provide caring service, security and peace of mind to users, their families and caregivers throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1976 LifeFone has been providing trusted professional Emergency Care Specialists to seniors, reducing concerns about personal safety and helping to ensure early intervention.

“I encourage all the residents that move in to get LifeFone,” Alice said. “It is priced right, effective and truly is a lifesaver.”

Snowbirds – Take your Medical Alarm with you!

Days are shorter, nights are cooler, and the leaves have changed colors and dropped. Fall is almost over. Many people find fall to be their favorite season while others see it only as the precursor to old man Winter! Soon many older adults will begin their annual trek south to escape the cold, snowy season they face at home.

As you prepare your packing list, be sure to add your Medical Alarm. Lifefone provides emergency protection wherever you are. When you subscribe, your personal details enable our Emergency Response Personnel to dispatch emergency medical services to your home when needed. If you’re a snowbird, you can contact our Customer Care Center to update your winter address. Should you activate your medical alert deviceemergency personnel would be dispatched to the proper location.

Lifefone provides 24/7 monitored medical emergency service no matter where you live. Take your system with you to provide peace of mind for yourself and your family.

Signs of A Heart Attack

As a caregiver, delivering daily care and maintaining a consistent routine are vital. However, as most caregivers are all too aware, sticking to your routine is not always possible. It is important to be prepared when health risks arise and knowing the signs of a heart attack will enable you to be proactive in administering care. While most people think heart attacks are sudden and severe, like the people seen on tv clutching their chests and falling over, in actuality the signs of a heart attack are much more complex.

1. Chest Pain: If your care receiver is experiencing pain or pressure on their chest, consider this a serious condition. The chest pain and pressure associated with a heart attack is known as angina. Oftentimes angina is milder than people expect it to be and they may wait for the pain to pass instead of seeking help. Delaying treatment usually results in permanent heart damage that could have been avoided had help been administered. If your care receiver reports severe, debilitating chest pain or if they feel an increased level of pain or pressure in the center of their chest for more than a minute or if the pain subsides after they sit down or rest, it is still crucial to seek immediate help.

2. Upper Body Discomfort: While pain shooting up and down the left arm could signify a heart attack, arms are not the only place besides the chest where heart attack pain disperses. Pain in the jaw, left shoulder, back and neck are also indicators of a heart attack. The pain felt here may not be excruciating, it could feel tight or just feel like extra pressure. If you feel these added pressures in conjunction with chest pain, this too could be a symptom of a heart attack.

3. Difficulty Breathing/Shortness of Breath: Any time your care receiver is experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing there is cause for concern. Having trouble breathing is not only associated with the health of your lungs, it can also be a sign your heart is in danger.

4. Racing Heart: When your pulse increases, it indicates that your heart is working harder than normal. An increase in pulse, without an increase in physical activity could mean your heart is having difficulty pumping blood and is working overtime to get enough blood to your other body parts. If your care receiver is participating in a physical activity and they stop, but their pulse remains high these could be important signals, especially if they smoke, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

5. Cold Sweats/Anxiety: Anxiety may not always be a sign of a heart attack, it may mean your care receiver is simply worried about something or they may have an anxiety disorder. While anxiety is a common symptom for countless ailments, ask your caregiver the following questions if they suddenly experience a bout of anxiety: Does the anxiety seem irrational? Is this the first time they have experienced this type of anxiety? Are they dizzy, nauseous, or clamming up? Are they experiencing any other symptoms? Even if their anxiety is not induced by a heart attack, they may need medical help for an anxiety or a panic attack as these are symptoms not to be overlooked.

Experiencing any of these symptoms alone or in conjunction with one or multiple others is cause for concern and enough incentive to seek medical help by calling 911. For those who live alone, a Medical Alarm System like Lifefone is a valuable tool. The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely it is your care receiver will be able to be treated. Receiving regular heart screening is the best way to prevent permanent damage and the easiest way to discover if your care receiver is at risk.

Living Life to the The Fullest

Living life to the fullest doesn’t mean swimming with sharks, skydiving or going on an African safari. Rather, embracing the life you love and indulging in your passions in a lifelong pursuit of happiness and growth are the key elements to living your life to the fullest.

No matter the age, everyone is looking for a way to enhance their life. With age comes increased awareness of where one would like to be in life and what they would like to accomplish during their time on Earth. LifeFone.com and LifeFoneBlog.com aid in making one’s golden years more enjoyable, secure, self-sufficient and independent. With helpful tips to keep seniors active and engaged, safe and independent, LifeFone’s products and blogs are designed to keep seniors free to live their lives while making the most of it.

Assisted Living facilities rely on medical alert devices like LifeFone to aid in the health and safety of their residents. With LifeFone, help is within reach with the click-of-a-button. LifeFone’s medical alert bracelets and pendants allow seniors to maintain security and peace of mind not only for themselves, but for  their families and caregivers as well. Since 1976 LifeFone has been providing trusted professional Emergency Care Specialists to seniors, reducing concerns about personal safety and helping to insure early intervention.

Living life to the fullest means living life with the best possible health. LifeFone is proud to aid in this process by allowing seniors to remain safe so they can reach their goals independently and securely.