Aging in place is something you will hear, in many iterations, when you’re talking with your aging parents. They will not want to move to an assisted living facility or a nursing home, and chances are you do not blame them, but what does that mean for them and you as they age and you begin to worry whether they are healthy enough to live alone?
A conversation you may need to having with your Mom and Dad could encompass the fact that you’re worried about them, but that you appreciate their desire to remain in their own home; toward that end, you can discuss with them that having a LifeFone home medical emergency device would be an ideal way for them to do just that and for all involved to have peace of mind.
Here are some thoughts to share with your aging loved ones about the reasons to discuss personal medical devices:
- They spend a lot of time alone and/or are widowed
- They want to age in place
- They live with someone who either isn’t healthy themselves or is not healthy enough to help if one or the other suffers a fall or medical emergency
- They’ve fallen in the past six months
- They have suffered a medical emergency or are dealing with heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes or other health issues
- They use a cane or walker for mobility
- They either only have a home phone or may not be good about carrying a cell phone with them at all times. Note that personal medical devices can be worn at all times – even in the shower – and a cell phone would be useless in that situation. Having a house phone may not be of any help if they suffer a medical emergency in a room in which they cannot get to the phone
- If there is a medical emergency or a fall, they may be disoriented or in pain and may be unable to recall family phone numbers or may be hesitant to call 9-1-1. With a LifeFone device, help can be summoned at the push of a button and when a senior suffers a medical emergency time is of the essence to receive care that can restore them back to good health
While you don’t want to scare your aging loved ones, the fact of life is that “one out of three people over the age of 65 falls at least one time a year.” If your loved ones have a LifeFone Medical Alert System you can have peace of mind knowing that they can live alone and have access to medical care by pushing the button on the device.
Who would benefit from a medical alert system? It’s not just seniors
Most individuals and most television commercials portray users of home medical alert devices as seniors, but did you know that these devices are ideal for anyone of any age? Why would someone, who is not a senior citizen, use one of these devices? Here are a some reasons:
- If you’ve been hospitalized and are being released to home care
- If you have any serious allergies
- If you have high blood pressure, COPD, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy or arthritis. Any of these conditions could lead to needing medical help and a personal medical device means you would have access within seconds
- If you take medications that cause dizziness or drowsiness
- If you live alone
- If you require help with personal care such as bathing or preparing meals
- If you’ve been diagnosed with any neurological disorders including Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, Cerebral Palsy or others.
Dealing with a chronic condition, a temporary illness or recovery from a hospital stay may be reasons to consider using a LifeFone device as they don’t come with any time commitments; you subscribe when you need it and stop the contract once your condition improves. LifeFone is there for either long term or short term needs.
LifeFone devices can also provide security
Do you work outside of the home? Many individuals do. Do you have children who may come home to an empty house? Again, that is something that many working families have to deal with.
What are some other scenarios on which a LifeFone system may help provide peace of mind to you and your family?
- If your child is ever home alone
- If you have to leave your children with a caregiver when you’re working
- If you live alone or are home alone much of the time
- If you work at night or work in an office in which you are alone for long periods of time
- If you live with someone who simply may not be able to help you if you have a medical emergency
We cannot foresee the future and because of that a personal medical device can be a literal lifesaver and peace of mind device. How? If you can prepare for emergencies you can rest assured that you or your loved ones can have access to help if the need arises. With a LifeFone device, even if you, or they, cannot get to a phone, at the push of a button on the personal medical pendant or wristband, you can be connected to individuals who can summon assistance for you when you need it most!