Even the famous fall down sometimes. President Jimmy Carter fell recently and fractured his pelvis. Barbara Walters took a spill on a staircase after a 2013 inauguration event and had to be sent to the hospital. And in 2005, Kelsey Grammar fell off the stage while performing as master of ceremonies at Disneyland.
Accidents happen to everyone, and although you can’t anticipate when they might happen, you can find tools to help keep you safe when they do. One of the best safety nets to have both inside and outside of the home is a medical alert system that includes an alert button. This small device has come a long way since its introduction to the market in the 1970s and could end up saving your life.
What Is A Medical Alert Button?
Medical alert buttons are part of a group of products known as personal emergency response systems (PERSs). The button is a device that can be worn around the neck or wrist and is used to trigger a call for help in an emergency. Although many people may think having a cell phone is enough of a safety net in the event of an emergency, they’re not always within reach. More often than not, cell phones are left on tables or in purses, leaving you vulnerable should an accident happen.
Thanks to advancements in technology, there are currently many different types of medical alert systems on the market that cover a variety of customer needs and budgets. (See here for a PC Mag review of different options on the market, their features and benefits.)
There are devices for inside-the-home only, some of which directly connect to a landline telephone, and some that have cellular service. Various companies also offer medical alert systems that can travel with you outside of the home, functioning on cellular service, with the added benefit of a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS). Some advanced devices even have fall detection features, automatically triggering a call for help if the wearer falls and is unable to respond. Depending on the user’s needs, this can add an extra layer of protection.
A Medical Alert Systems Can Provide Extra Care at Home
A medical alert system is useful to have whether or not you live alone, or already have a private caregiver that comes to help on a regular basis. Knowing that your safety is covered at all times can provide you with peace of mind – whether that’s using the bathroom in the middle of the night or watering your plants during the day.
Investing in a medical alert system as a means of having extra care at home is also cost-effective. Using the medical alert device to supplement in-home care is both an affordable and practical approach to providing added safety when the caregiver isn’t there.
Stay Independent Longer with Tandem Careplanning
For many years there was a stigma associated with needing a medical alert system or caregiving services as you aged. Today, however, many seniors are seeing these things as a boon for their independence rather than a restriction. A sleek medical alert button that looks like a Smartwatch or daytime companion care services are low-key and helpful ways to ensure that you can not only age in place safely, but also age well.
If you need help determining what kind of care plan might be necessary for you or a loved one, call one of our Senior Care Specialists today at 1-800-370-3377.