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Life After A Fall

 

At a certain point in life, if we are fortunate enough to reach senior-citizen status, we all must come to the stark realization that falls are a part of aging. With over 33 percent of people past the age of 65 suffering from falls each year, there have been numerous articles written on how to ensure an elderly’s home environment is as risk-adverse as possible, including senior-proofing the bathroom. Yet one of the oft-overlooked aspects of falling includes how the experience affects both the individual physically and psychologically, and how these two aspects play into their quality of life.

The Physical Toll of a Fall

Falls among seniors are dangerous business and are the most common injury seniors sustain. One-third of seniors who fall suffer from fractures or muscle damage and approximately 40 percent of seniors end up hospitalized due to a hip fracture. Falls can also lead to blood clots and pneumonia if the individual lies on the ground for an extended period of time. In order to ensure your loved one does not have to undergo additional unnecessary pain after a fall, it is important to invest in a medical alert system. LifeFone gives you and your loved one the reassurance that if something were to happen, medical assistance would be available at the touch of a button.

The Psychological Toll of a Fall

After experiencing a fall, it is common for seniors to be more cautious in completing their daily activities. The fear of falling can also lead seniors to limit their activities or abstain from completing certain tasks altogether. Putting restrictions on oneself can be the most harmful thing an individual can do. The less your loved one moves, the less strength and flexibility he or she will possess. Staying active will keep their body fully-functioning.

If your loved one is experiencing fear-induced symptoms following a fall, have a health professional discuss the fall’s effects with them. The elderly can also meet with a physiotherapist to go over rehabilitation exercises that may make them feel more confident in their physical abilities.

After experiencing a fall for the first time, older individuals often feel as though their independence is slipping away. This realization can be a very hard pill to swallow. It is important to remind your loved one that a fall does not necessarily close the chapter on their former lifestyle. Helping to set them back on the path to physical and psychological recovery will enable them to move past the devastating experience and return to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Life After a Fall

One of the biggest reassurances you can give your loved one is a medical alert system. Knowing that backup will be immediately available if emergency strikes again will allow them to feel more confident in resuming their way of life. Wearing a medical alert pendant around their wrist or hanging from their neck will give them an extra feeling of protection. With LifeFone’s professional help available 24/7, you will be able to rest a little easier as well

 

Emergency Senior Care Checklist

When dealing with aging parents, there are many items to take into consideration related to their health and safety. You hope you will never need to make use of an emergency checklist, but it’s a lifesaver and provides peace of mind in the event you ever do. Health emergencies are a fact of life and will arise at some point and the issues can be exacerbated by the number of medications they take, the number of doctors they see and the degree of chronic illnesses they suffer.

There are many things you can do to help alleviate some of the stress and one of those items is to equip your aging relatives’ home with a medical alert device from LifeFone. With this home medical monitoring device you can rest assured that when an emergency arises, your relatives will be cared for. When setting up a home medical alert system you will provide the carrier with information and a complete medical profile so the provider is knowledgeable about your parent’s health conditions which will then be relayed to the medical emergency responders.

The following is a list of information you should keep in a convenient location in the event of an emergency:

  • A list of all medications being taken, where they are and what they’re being taken for. Make certain this list is updated when changes are made. This is also a great list for your parents to keep with them when they go to the doctor’s office.
  • Names, phone numbers and specialties of the doctors your parents see
  • Copies of medical insurance cards, Medicare cards, prescription plans and all identification numbers
  • Social security numbers and even copies of your parent’s driver’s license
  • Legal documents including: power of attorney, health care proxy and written documents on your parent’s wishes as they relate to resuscitation orders
  • Financial information such as bank account numbers, names of financial advisors and insurance policies
  • Names and phone numbers of individuals to be contacted in the event of an emergency – along with their relationship to them
  • Contact information for clergy

Because you may be putting sensitive financial information and other information that could lead to identity theft, consider putting the paperwork in a fireproof, locking safe in an easy-to-reach location. Additionally, make a copy of all the information and give it to a trusted friend or relative to hold onto as well.  

Programs and Devices To Help Individuals Age At Home

Just as your parents “child-proofed” the home for you and perhaps for their grandchildren, as they age, it’s time for you to look to “age-proofing” the home for your aging parents. The largest segment of the population today is senior citizens and they are increasingly looking to remain independent. Along with this is their desire to remain in their homes as long as they can.

If you find that your aging parents are determined to stay in their homes, there are steps you can take to make that possible but it will require cooperation on the part of your parents and siblings. If you have a sibling or family member that lives close by and is willing to take on the responsibility of caring for and helping out the senior in your life, it may be possible for them to extend the time they’re able to stay at home.

There are many devices, equipment and senior programs available that can make it possible for your loved ones to live at home even longer than possible. Spend some time researching the programs that are available in your particular area and then begin the process of equipping the aging parents home with assistive devices as a way to make it possible for them to stay in the home.

When it comes to devices, you can pick up items that are specially designed for individuals who may have gripping or arthritic hands such as kitchen gadgets, dressing aids and easy grip garden and kitchen utensils. “Grabbers” – those items that grip onto items that are on high level shelves also make it possible for the aging adult to reach items on top shelves without having to use a ladder or step stool. Another way to make it easier for the aging adult is by moving items to lower easier-to-reach shelves so that neither reaching nor stooping to lower shelves is necessary.

Look into lift chairs to get the senior from the first floor to the second, support handrails in hallways, walk-in bath tubs and showers equipped with safety seats. In addition to these items look into senior support programs such as: transportation providers, Meals-on-Wheels programs and home medical alert systems such as LifeFone.

A home medical alerts system come with a home medical alert bracelet or pendant which – if the button is pressed, in the event of a slip, fall or other medical emergency, help is alerted and your aging relatives’ medical needs are quickly addressed. A medical alert help button is an excellent safety net for an elderly individual who has fallen and cannot get to a telephone. It also relieves the worry of the individual being unable to remember which number to call or having to fumble around for the telephone when they are ill or injured.

Even if there comes a time when the aging parent needs to move from his or her home into an assisted living facility, the LifeFone medical alert system moves right along to the new location, offering round the clock peace of mind for both the elderly and the family member.

Advice to Help Your Parents Age In Place

When your parents are aging it’s a difficult time for everyone. One of the best gifts you can offer your parents is the opportunity for them to “age in place.” What does this mean?         It refers to the ability for your loved one to stay in the family home that they know and are comfortable in. Rather than moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home, you can work with them to retrofit their home to accommodate them and their needs – which could have changed drastically over the years.

The personal response providers at LifeFone offer these tips to make the family home more amenable to aging in place:

Community resources: If you don’t have a family caregiver who is be able to stop in daily, you will definitely want to check in with resources available in your area for senior citizens. Is there local transportation for seniors? How about a senior center with activities in which your parents can engage? Look into Meals on Wheels program as a way to be assured that your aging loved ones are getting a hot meal every day.

Upgrade the electronics: Look for items such as pill-taking alarms, automatic timed coffee makers, lights that turn on when the ambient light gets dim. You can also program remote controls to operate thermostats, televisions, fans and more.

Upgrade kitchen layout: Move items to lower shelves in the kitchen to negate the need to use stepladders. Purchase grabber devices to reach items on tall shelves.

Add home medical alert systems: This technology provides your aging loved one with access to 24-hour dedicated response center. LifeFone equipment operates by the individual wearing a waterproof home medical bracelet or pendant. This home medical alert never requires a battery change and at the push of a button the senior will be provided access to emergency personnel. LifeFone’s technology reduces concerns about personal safety and helps ensure early intervention and this allows seniors to remain independent in their own homes.

Research professional at-home caregiver services: If you’re not comfortable leaving your aging family member unsupervised for long periods of time, look into hiring an in-home personal caregiver to make at-home visits on a daily basis. These caregivers may also provide light housekeeping services, run errands and monitor health conditions and assure that your parents are taking their medications.

When it reaches the point where your parents simply can no longer remain in the home, their LifeFone personal medical alert device will move with them.

5 Tips To Help The Elderly Enjoy The Holidays

Holidays are a wonderful time for most of us; we get together with family and friends – some of whom we haven’t seen since the previous year. For the elderly in your family though, the holidays can be stressful, depressing or even confusing, especially if their emotional and physical needs are not taken into account.

 Having older relatives means you need to take their health concerns into account, especially if they are traveling to a family member’s house with you. Here are some tips from the home medical alert system providers at LifeFone to help make your holidays merry and safe:

  1. Prior planning is crucial to a successful holiday visit. If your elderly family members are in an environment that takes them out of their element, you need to plan for downtime where they can slip away from the hustle and bustle of the day and simply relax. Noise and confusion that comes with a large gathering can lead to exhaustion or even irritability in your older relative.
  2. Take time to reminisce. For many holidays are a time of good cheer and looking forward to the new year. When it comes to elderly relatives though, it could be a time of year that causes them to miss their spouses or other relatives who are no longer with you. Spend some time strolling down memory lane with your elderly relative; engage him in conversation about what it was like when they celebrated holidays, etc. Include them in the conversation and even pull out old photo albums to enhance the memories.
  3. Build new memories with your relative. Include them in the festivities if possible – let them help with the cooking or decorating or gift wrapping. If you live in an area that offers holiday activities, pack the family up, grab a camera and make new memories to fill an album.
  4. Rearrange the furniture for ease of movement of your elderly relatives. Just as you’d child proof your home for toddlers, you will want to make your home easy to navigate for your aging relatives. Arrange the furniture in a way that will accommodate walkers or individuals who use a cane. Keep electrical cords out of the way, remove or secure throw rugs, eliminate items that could trip up a relative with balance problems. In the event of an extended out of town visit, make certain you’ve contacted your home medical alert system and make certain your relative is still wearing his or her medical alert pendant in the event of a fall.
  5. Be purposeful in reaching out to your elderly family members. If they are unable or unwilling to travel to meet with the family for a celebration, take some time to have a mini-celebration to their house. Offer to set up a small tree or hang other decorations. Either deliver or cook a small meal at their house. Do what you can to alleviate their loneliness as the holidays are associated with increased depression in individuals of all ages.

 Taking time to include your elderly relatives through the holidays is a great way to help everyone in the family build memories that will last a lifetime and with a bit of prior planning, no one will get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season.

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

What is a Medical Alarm Device?

A medical alarm device is a product that, in the event of an emergency, can quickly put you in touch with medical
care providers who can dispatch Emergency crews and contact your loved one helping elderly or sick individuals live a more independent lifestyle.

How Does A Personal Medical Alarm Device Work?

Simply put, the user wears a pendant or watch while going about every day chores and activities. In the event of a fall or medical emergency, the wearer pushes the alarm button which automatically calls the Emergency Response Center to notify your designated doctor, family and friends of an emergency.

When the Lifefone Medical Alarm Device is activated for assistance, your call will be connected with a trained operator at the Lifefone Emergency Response Center. Your personal profile is displayed for the team allowing them to send an ambulance and contact relatives or friends according to your desire. The service is active 24 hours, 7 days a week. Continue reading

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