You’ve made the final decision on a medical alert system and though it seems like a once-and-done decision, there are many ways you can ensure you are getting the most out of your service.
Monthly Archives: April 2014
When caregivers are shopping for home medical alert device equipment for their aging parents, one question that will inevitably come up is, “Does insurance cover the cost of my home medical alert system?” The short answer is, “It depends.”
It’s no surprise to anyone that slips and falls are more likely to occur as we age and are more likely to cause injury in seniors. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that about 1 out of 3 individuals older than 65 years of age falls and 30% of those people experience a medical injury such as broken hips or head trauma. Subsequently, the recovery time and damage caused by the fall could create a lifetime of troublesome living while adding to the degree of danger as our loved ones age.
Losing your hearing is a progression that generally takes place over years and is hard to recognize. Commonly, the first sign is that individuals conversing with you appear to murmur. You may find yourself asking friends and family to speak up or talk louder. You may also notice that women and kids are a bit harder to hear as their voices are commonly higher in pitch with softer tones.
As we age, we need to make some difficult decisions and one of those might be, should we get a dog to help keep us company and help protect the house? It’s a difficult decision for myriad reasons including: who will care for your pets if you can no longer age in place, do you have the strength and energy to house train a new puppy or does your lifestyle lend itself to bringing a dog into the home?
Consider these statistics: There are more than 350,000 house fires in the United States on an annual basis; 2,000 deaths occur from carbon monoxide poisoning; and an additional 10,000 are injured from carbon monoxide in the home. This is not something that anyone typically wants to dwell on, but if you’re a caregiver dealing with parents who want to age in place, keeping them safe in the home is likely top of mind.