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Falls are the number one cause of accidental death and serious injury among older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one-fourth of seniors aged 65 and over suffer at least one or more falls each year, resulting in nearly three million emergency room admissions. Clearly, falling represents a very real threat to our seniors. Steps should be taken to reduce this common risk to protect yourself or your loved one.
Most seniors want to retain their independence as much as possible by living at home. Their memories and joys are found there where everything is comfortable and their personal effects at close at hand. Although happiness is found living at home, there are also risks associated with it whether you are elderly or disabled.
Home Technology Helps Protect Independent Seniors
New Home technology now provides home monitoring systems with wireless (wifi and cellular) sensors, along with small, lightweight, wearable devices able to detect a person’s location, any falls, and simultaneously notify family and emergency services in the event of an accident. Response time after a fall or accident is critical to make sure expert medical help arrives and loved ones are notified immediately. These new systems provide a great safety net for seniors wishing to remain independent, along with the peace of mind for family and loved ones.
Why You Should Buy a Medical Alert System
Falling is the greatest concern for the elderly when considering purchasing a Medical Alert Device. If you or a loved one live alone and is injured falling down the stairway or falls and can’t get up, what will you do? The best way to get help is with a Medical Alert System. Consider these fall statistics from the National Council on Aging:
- One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
- Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
- Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
- In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
- The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
The National Council on Aging also tells us that falls for older Americans or the disabled impact their quality of life. Whether they just fear falling or have experienced falling, their social life and other activities become limited. This can lead to a decrease in physical and mental health, depression, feelings of helplessness, and social isolation. Review the features and benefits of the EZ CARE PLUS MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM and you will agree it is a lifesaver for older adults.
“These new systems provide a great safety net for seniors wishing to remain independent.”
Home Check List to Reduce Falls
Many risk factors can easily be addressed without the need for experts. Reducing home clutter, clearing walkways, improving low light conditions, reducing the need for stairs, and adding handrails where needed. You can also add a seating device to ride up and down stairways. Consider these additional ways to prevent falling at home.
Low light conditions are a significant risk to older citizens due to retinal neurodegeneration and other processes that begin to negatively affect our eyesight as we age. Because our eyes receive less light as we get older, they may take longer to adjust in low or changing light conditions. This delay in adapting to low light leaves many seniors virtually blind and vulnerable to tripping or bumping into items and falling.
Smart Lighting – Easy Solutions
There are many modern smart lighting options available to help prevent lighting-related incidents. Modern smart lighting provides many options for improving home lighting for seniors. Convenient, centralized lighting controls can manage the entire home.
Motion sensors the lighting that can be managed with a predetermined schedule. Home automation even allows seniors to control their lighting by voice command, eliminating the need to move in the dark and fumble for light switches. Consult a lighting or home design expert for the best results.
Importance of Preparation
Anytime a senior falls, getting help for them as quickly as possible should be the utmost priority. Regardless of an injury occurring during the fall, approximately 50% of seniors are unable to get to their feet again. Any number of health complications can arise from lying immobile on a hard floor for even 30 minutes, including diabetic emergencies, hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, pneumonia, pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.
This is where new Medical Alert Systems are invaluable. New small, lightweight, waterproof, wearable mobile wrist panic buttons or pendants are now able to detect falls, and providing the means to immediately communicate with Emergency Services and Loved ones 24/7, even if the senior is incapacitated as a result of the fall.
For many seniors and their families, the choice of whether to age in place or seek assisted living is an agonizing decision. Most seniors prefer to stay at home for as long as they are able, but the risk of falling makes it a frightening and potentially dangerous prospect. Home automation and other smart technologies, however, promise to empower seniors to live safer, more independent lives and provide some peace of mind to their loved ones.
For seniors choosing to live independently, and since caregivers and loved ones are not present 24/7, these new medical alert and home security systems allow you to keep a close eye on your loved one no matter where you are. Providing peace of mind and independence for seniors, family and loved ones is a priceless benefit available through Medical Alert System providers for very low monthly rates.
Guardian Life Watch is the premier Medical Alert Devices Distributor in North America. We revolutionized the industry by offering the finest fully mobile medical alert devices available. We are also one of the first devices approved by the FCC to be worn on the body. We want to help you live a normal and happy life.
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