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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

Medic Alert Systems: Help if you fall

September is Fall Prevention Month, to promote and increase public awareness     about  how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.  Did you know that falls remain the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injury for older Americans, and the CDC says this number is actually on the rise?  With another baby boomer turning 50 every eight seconds that number can only increase.  However most falls can be prevented, if you prepare now and it is important that steps be taken in order to protect our elderly loved ones.

For caregivers, it can be difficult to be around at all times so to prevent accidents from occurring  you should make appropriate safety modifications to a loved one’s home.  There are many things you can do to ensure their home is safe.  It  could include anything from rearranging furniture, to installing a medic alert system. Start with the easy stuff, look around for potential hazards:

  • Clutter and furniture legs can be tripping hazards
  • Make sure carpeting is securely fastened, avoid throw rugs or other multiple layers of flooring
  • Provide adequate lighting during the day and night
  • Make safety kits, in case the power goes out, with flashlights
  • Install safety features like grab bars and benches
  • Install more phones so they are easily accessed

The next step to take, having a medic alert system in place.  This could include a help button on a bracelet or a pendant or simply hung on the wall.  With the system in place if a fall or  emergency was to occur all it takes is a push of the button and LifeFone can help the owner get immediate assistance.  With a customizable care plan  you can ensure the medic alert system works best for your loved one and help seniors maintain their independence.

Turning Your Caregiving Role into Lemonade

Being a caregiver doesn’t allow for much free time. Days are consumed with caregiving duties, work obligations and family commitments, while nights are merely an extension of time to address tasks you couldn’t complete during the day. Time management is nearly impossible, and feeling well-rested is a distant memory.

While life may have seemingly handed you lemons, turning your lemons into lemonade may be a little easier than you think. Continue reading

Turning Your Caregiving Role into Lemonade

Being a caregiver doesn’t allow for much free time. Days are consumed with caregiving duties, work obligations and family commitments, while nights are merely an extension of time to address tasks you couldn’t complete during the day. Time management is nearly impossible, and feeling well-rested is a distant memory.

While life may have seemingly handed you lemons, turning your lemons into lemonade may be a little easier than you think. Continue reading

The Decision that Saved Mary Ellen

“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?”

For Mary Ellen, the minutes that followed went by very quickly.

“Thinking back on it now, it almost felt that the ambulance fellows were there immediately,” she recalls.

Using a Personal Profile that Mary Ellen’s son Stu had prepared earlier, the LifeFone operator knew what to do right away.

In this case, it was to alert the paramedics to come to the house right away.

To get them in smoothly, Chris at LifeFone explained to the responders how to get into the home, using a pre-set combination to a secure lockbox.

It turned out that Mary Ellen had a shoulder fracture and a sprained ankle.

When we caught up with her emergency room physician, he emphasized the gravity of the situation: “If she had not received medical care quickly, she ran a serious risk of a larger break, tearing key ligaments, and possibly being paralyzed for the rest of her life.  Once damaged, these areas can take years to heal.”

In the weeks that followed, we checked in with Mary Ellen and found with relief that she is doing fine.

“The quick response of LifeFone and the medical team made all the difference,” she says with relief.  “I’d wondered if this was something I would ever really use, but I do not wonder about it anymore.

“Thanks to LifeFone, this incident is already behind me, and I can continue to enjoy my life without being a burden to anyone else.”

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.”

The Nursing Home Alternative

As hundreds of thousands of baby-boomers reach the ranks of retirement, nursing homes are expected to balloon with patients. With the inflow of elderly, a shortage in nursing home occupancy is inevitable.

The United States has about 7,100 doctors certified to treat geriatric patients, meaning roughly one doctor for every 2,500 older Americans, according to the American Medical Association. Thus it is not surprising that alternatives to nursing homes are on the rise. More older Americans are opting to be cared for in their homes. In home care is a lot easier on the wallet and experts agree that in many instances, home care is more effective than institutionalization.

To ease both the caretaker and elderly individual’s mind when choosing to live at home, medical alert systems are a cheap and effective way to ensure early intervention if needed, 24 hours a day.

LifeFone’s personal response service allows subscribers and their family members to customize the service that fits their specific needs. Medical alert bracelets or pendants automatically call the LifeFone Emergency Response Center to notify your designated doctor, family and friends in case of an emergency. Most importantly, LifeFone provides security and safety from falls and other risks for seniors choosing to enjoy their elder years in their own home.

As baby boomers continue to age and more decisions arise as to where they would like to spend their elder years, more opportunities, like medical alert systems, continue to develop making staying in one’s home a more viable and safe alternative to nursing homes.