WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE AN EMERGENCY BUTTON IN YOUR HOME

Aging at home is the preferred lifestyle choice for most seniors as it allows one to maintain much of the type of independence we’ve been accustomed to all our lives. Our ‘age’ catches up with us in various ways and, whether we’d like to admit it or not, we need to accept and adjust to those changes. Whether it’s reduced mobility or chronic health conditions we need to take care of, it’s perfectly normal. The stairs in your home may now become an issue, you need to take medications for your blood pressure, or you are becoming forgetful and have problems remembering when to take your medications.

emergency-button-in-your-homeRest assured, you aren’t alone and, yes, there are solutions to make life easier when things get a bit tough.Remember, the ultimate goal to aging at home is staying in the comfort of your own home as long as possible, but it doesn’t mean we need to struggle and stubbornly cling to the way we used to do things. Being open to new solutions and making some necessary changes can go a long way to support safe aging at home. As we go through life, we change and so does our lifestyle. We should make sure that our homes meet our lifestyle needs so we can stay comfortable and safe.

Avoiding Risks at Home

There are several reasons to make changes in the home as we age, but the first and foremost should be our well-being. Making the home a safe place as we age is very important and should be of primary concern. One of the most innovative and effective ways we can reduce the risks of injury at home is to install and use a medical alert system. The use of a medical alert system can give us the prompt help we need in the case of an emergency. An emergency call button, also known as a medical alarm or a panic button, is part of the medical alert system and provides an easy and effective way to get assistance if and when needed in an emergency situation.

Let’s look at some of the most common risks seniors are exposed to as they age at home and why it’s important to have a reliable, fast way to get an emergency response in case of an at-home emergency.

Minutes of Waiting Reduces Stroke Survival by 4%

The ultimate goal to aging at home is staying in the comfort of your own home as long as possible, but it doesn’t mean we need to struggle and stubbornly cling to the way we used to do things.

Falls
Falls are more common than we may realize. In fact, the National Council on Aging states that 1 in 4 seniors (age 65 and over) fall each year. According to the National Institute on Aging, 60 percent of falls occur at home. As a senior aging at home, this is a real concern. The risk of falling at home can be reduced by eliminating obstacles and clearing common traffic areas; however, if a fall should occur getting help soon is imperative. If you are alone and unable to call for help, this could prove to be a dangerous or even fatal situation. Having an emergency call button with a medical alert system in your home is a practical solution. Many medical alert systems include fall detection which means even if you are unconscious someone will be notified immediately and come to your aid.

If you survive a stroke, depending on the part of the brain where the stroke occurred, you can experience impairment in your ability to move, speak, and your memory, which may be permanent.

Stroke
Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes can be caused by the build-up of plaques in the blood vessels or by a blood clot leading to an interruption of blood flow to the brain. This can result in severe brain damage or even death. Each person’s brain reacts differently and the damage from a stroke can vary from person to person.

Being aware of the signs of a stroke and getting medical help as soon as possible can prevent further brain damage. In fact, getting the right medication within three hours of a stroke symptom has proven to reduce long-term damage associated with a stroke. If you are alone at home, the ability to place an immediate emergency call for help is your best bet in reducing the risk of permanent damage or death. The press of an emergency button worn as a pendant or wristband can be your lifesaving link to getting the urgent help you need if you have a stroke.

Stroke
Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes can be caused by the build-up of plaques in the blood vessels or by a blood clot leading to an interruption of blood flow to the brain. This can result in severe brain damage or even death. Each person’s brain reacts differently and the damage from a stroke can vary from person to person.

If you survive a stroke, depending on the part of the brain where the stroke occurred, you can experience impairment in your ability to move, speak, and your memory, which may be permanent.

Being aware of the signs of a stroke and getting medical help as soon as possible can prevent further brain damage. In fact, getting the right medication within three hours of a stroke symptom has proven to reduce long-term damage associated with a stroke. If you are alone at home, the ability to place an immediate emergency call for help is your best bet in reducing the risk of permanent damage or death. The press of an emergency button worn as a pendant or wristband can be your lifesaving link to getting the urgent help you need if you have a stroke.

Heart Attack
Heart failure can happen to almost anyone and isn’t only a problem for seniors; however, it is most common in people over age 65. In fact, heart failure is the number one reason for hospitalization for people over age 65.

Heart failure can be caused by other diseases or conditions that damage the heart muscles such as heart attacks, but other conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can also contribute to heart failure.This is both a common and dangerous health emergency risk for all seniors, but especially seniors aging at home. Again, getting medical assistance as soon as possible is very important to reduce the chance of death or serious health damage.  An emergency button via a medical alert system is one of the most effective ways to get help fast.

Fast Response Minimizes the Risk and Increases Chance of Recovery

As mentioned above, the most common health emergencies that can occur at home, require prompt medical assistance. Indeed, the longer you wait to get help the riskier and dangerous the situation becomes.

To help illustrate, here are some facts about how a fast response can affect a health emergency.

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If you or someone you know show signs of having a heart attack you should call 911 within 5 minutes at most.

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Heart attack treatment is most effective when started within 1 hour of the start of any symptoms.

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For every 15 minutes of waiting, stroke survival is reduced 4%

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Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury in seniors and a fast medical response is critical to improving the chances of survival.

Emergency Medical Support to Suit Your Needs and Budget

There are many reliable companies offering medical alert systems and a senior looking to purchase a system has many choices to choose from. Indeed, it can be said that you can get a model and type to suit your needs and fit your budget.

Most offer an electronic base device with an accompanying pendant or wristband you can wear at all times. Often, there is an emergency button on the base device as well as on the wearable pendant or wristband device so you can call for help. Most should provide a 24-hour emergency contact center that can communicate with you if you are able to speak and will dispatch medical assistance to your location in the event of an emergency. The wearable emergency buttons are usually waterproof with long-lasting batteries and are practical to wear as you move about the home or around your home area. The range of distance you can be away from the medical alert base varies, so if you have a large home or yard, you can get a model to allow you to move around freely without losing contact. Many models even offer fall detection with the pendant/wristband, which is another important feature if you lose consciousness and cannot press the button.

Here are some important questions to ask when selecting a medical alert system:

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Does the medical alert system need a landline to work?

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Is the emergency button pendant or wristband small, waterproof, and lightweight?

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How far can you be away from the base unit for your pendant to work?

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Can someone install and test the device in your home?

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Is your emergency support center available 24/7 and do they guarantee response time if you need help?

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Is automatic fall detection included?

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Who do you call if my equipment doesn’t work properly?

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What does it cost for the medical alert system and emergency support?

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Do you purchase or just lease the equipment?

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Are there any other services like medication reminders?

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Will your family be notified if you need assistance?

Peace of Mind

Safeguarding our health and safety is always important, but more so during our senior years when we can be vulnerable to certain health risks. Having an emergency button in your home is really about having peace of mind and knowing that if something goes wrong, someone dedicated is there to heed your call for help. Modern medical alert systems have come along way and wearing an emergency button pendant or wristband is both a discrete and reliable way to ensure you can call for assistance and get a guaranteed medical response team if you need help. You and your family can feel some extra relief and security in knowing that you don’t have to sacrifice your wellbeing by aging at home. Indeed, the key to aging well while living at home is having a safe living environment that supports your needs.

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