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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Why You Need an Emergency Response System for Your Home

Many senior citizens choose to live alone rather than moving to senior communities. They often make this choice in order to maintain their independence and live their lives as they desire. However, senior citizens who live alone can face certain dangers that can cause their friends and family members to worry about their safety and health. Some of these dangers are outlined below.

Because of the common experience of equilibrium problems caused by decreases in vision, muscular strength, and brain function, senior citizens are more likely to fall than other populations. This can be dangerous, especially if senior citizens fall from stairs, or if as a result of falling they suffer head injuries or broken bones.

Seniors are also susceptible to forgetfulness and may forget to take their medications, leading to emergency medical situations. Sometimes this is due to the normal aging process. However, if the senior citizen has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, both of which cause serious memory problems, the danger of them living alone is multiplied. If suffering from one of these neurological illnesses, the senior citizen may forget to eat, forget to turn off the stove, or leave the door to their homes unlocked, potentially inviting criminals in to take advantage of them.

Lastly, senior citizens are more likely to suffer emergency health problems such as heart attacks and strokes, both of which require immediate medical care. These health problems can incapacitate a person quickly, especially to the point where they have difficulty dialing phone numbers or speaking clearly in order to let emergency services know where they are and what type of assistance they need.

Given these potential perils of living by themselves, it is important that any senior citizen living alone has access to a personal emergency response system should they get into trouble. Emergency response systems offer senior citizens a direct connection to outside help, and usually require the senior citizen to do nothing other than press a button on a device worn around the neck in order to be connected. Some systems are even calibrated to automatically dial for help if they detect that the device wearer has fallen. The response system will put the senior citizen in touch with someone who can evaluate the emergency and contact friends, neighbors, family members, or emergency medical services on their behalf, depending on the seriousness of the situation. These response systems are available to help any senior citizen who requires it twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days of the year.

Emergency response systems, even if they are never used, offer peace of mind for senior citizens and their families. They also allow seniors who want to live alone and are otherwise capable of taking care of themselves to continue to do so, without being forced to give up their independence and move to a nursing home. An emergency response system is always a good investment for any senior citizen who lives alone and wants to feel secure knowing that help is available whenever needed.

Posted by Henry McCambridge henry.mccambridge@gmail.com


Jane Marian said...

Good, important post. There are a ton of new gadgets and technologies that are helping out senior citizens keep their independence longer in the comfort of their own home. It's amazing how many really great tools exist to help out.

Children of seniors can get updates about how their parents are on a daily basis without knowing too much about what their parents are doing (so it's not creepy or anything). They even have "check-in" systems that require people to push a button and check in. If they don't push the button after, say 15 minutes, someone is alerted. I can only see easier things being invented as well. www.silvercensus.com

Senior Assisted Living said...

I totally agree with you Jane. Technology will only benefit the Seniors. It not only gives the ones caring for the seniors a piece of mind. But a piece of mind for the Seniors. This will also lead to less accidents. Great Blog!

For help with your search for an assisted living facility check out silvercensus.com!

Anonymous said...

Undeniably, we cannot help ourselves not to worry the safety of our elderly, especially when they live independently. For the safety of seniors, I recommend the use of the Just5 cell phone. My mom carries this phone every time and she can use it to contact help when she is in an emergency. In fact, it takes her only a press of a button to call for help when she needs one. Plus, the phone helps her not only when she is at home but also even when she is miles away. I found this phone at www.just5.com.

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