Medical Alert Systems: Who Should Have Them and Why They Are Important
A medical alert system typically consists of some type of base system that sits in a central location in the home and a device that is worn by the individual. Most often, the device is a bracelet, but some may be worn around the neck. Although each system is somewhat different, all will alert either a monitoring center or emergency personnel should the system be activated.
While most people may think that all senior citizens need this type of system, this is not necessarily the case. If the answer is yes to any of the following questions, your loved one may benefit from a medical alert system:
- Are you unable to check-in on your loved one on a regular basis?
- Is your loved one living with a chronic condition that could leave them incapacitated such as diabetes, heart failure or epilepsy?
- Does your loved one use assistive devices such as canes, walkers or scooters?
- Is mobility a problem for your loved one?
- Has your loved one experienced a fall or trip recently?
Some of the reasons why someone should have this system are readily apparent, such as its ability to contact emergency personnel should the person fall and be unable to get up. However, many systems also provide GPS, allowing the individual’s location to be tracked in an emergency. This is an important feature for those who have Alzheimer’s and may wander away from home. If your aging parent or loved one is living with Alzheimer’s, you may also want to consider help from a professional Alzheimer’s caregiver in Cincinnati who can provide reliable and compassionate one-to-one care and assistance as the disease progresses.
Of course, the medical alert system is only as good as the commitment to wear it is. Seniors who choose this system must make the decision to wear the wristband or other device at all times for protection. If you feel a medical alert may not provide enough protection or safety, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our highly trained caregivers can supplement the service provided by a medical alert system or can provide Cincinnati live-in home care for around the clock monitoring. The result is peace of mind for both the senior and their family.
To learn more about our in-home care services, please reach out to a Care Manager today at 513-891-2273 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.