If the freedom and confidence that comes from living in your own home and not being a burden to your children is important to you, then you owe it to yourself and them to take a closer look at emergency alert systems for seniors. It could make all the difference between packing off to an assisted living community or nursing home before you’re ready and living many more years in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of your own home.
Firstly, it’s mandatory to separate senior alert systems from the stigma of those old TV commercials that have become the butt of cruel jokes about seniors. The individuals who find these kinds of jokes amusing are probably too young to have elderly parents who live in constant fear of experiencing a mishap like a fall while home alone. The true irony is that such people will be old someday themselves and will most likely regret ever mocking the very real fears that plague older people who choose to live independently.
An inevitable fact of getting older is that our senses become less sharp along with our reaction time. Our sense of balance degrades as we age, which in turn makes older people more prone to slips and falls. Combine this with more brittle bones due to osteoporosis, particularly in women, and a very dangerous set of circumstances presents itself. A fractured hip or broken leg can often lead to complications or a rapid decline in overall health from which an elderly person sometimes never recovers. Many a premature death in older people is a direct result of broken bones from a fall. The other complications that often result from an elderly person falling while alone is the inability due to frailty or injury in being able to get back up. It’s not uncommon for people in such situations to lie helpless on the floor or cold ground for hours or even days. A very scary proposition to say the least!
The freedom and security that a very simple and inexpensive alert system provides to seniors living alone is substantial. The peace of mind that help is never far away and can be quickly summoned by a press of a button on a pendant worn around the neck or on the wrist is worth many times the cost of the system.
Some of the top names in the emergency alert system industry are:
- Philips Lifeline
There are also many other types of emergency alert systems for seniors, but they all work essentially in the same way. The two main types are ones that connect the user to a 24/7 monitoring service, which require a monthly subscription fee and ones that use an automated phone dialer to call preprogrammed phone numbers – usually for family members or neighbors. Deciding on which type of system is best for you depends on a number of factors including your physical condition and the level of assistance and support you may require. It’s an important decision and one that requires careful consideration both by you and your loved ones.