Protecting Your Loved Ones: How Medical Alert Systems Save Lives
As our loved ones age, their risk of accidents and medical emergencies climbs. They become more prone to heart attacks, lose mobility, and often develop chronic health conditions. They rely more and more on friends, family members, and other caregivers to provide them with support. Even when caregivers check in often, there’s still the chance that a medical emergency could strike when your loved ones are alone. Thankfully, medical alert systems can provide an extra layer of protection and peace of mind for you and your loved ones alike.
To learn more about how they save lives and whether you could benefit from an alert system, read on.
How Does a Medical Alert Bracelet Work?
Medical alert systems immediately connect people with a live emergency operator at the push of a button. Any time of day or night, users can activate the system and call for medical aid or request to be put through to their emergency contact. Thanks to GPS technology, the operator will be able to view their exact location and send for EMS services, even if the patient is unable to communicate clearly.
Medical alert systems can work with an internet or landline connection, but modern systems can use a cellular signal as well. Ours also come with automatic fall detection systems. These are crucial because four out of five seniors who are hospitalized for injury were hurt in a fall.
You can also get systems with GPS alerts that will notify family members if the wearer leaves a pre-defined “safe zone”. This is especially helpful for seniors who are prone to wandering or may forget where they are.
Types of Medical Alert Systems
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to medical alerts. That’s why we have a range of systems to address varying activity and risk levels.
For active, independent seniors, a wearable pendant or bracelet gives them the option to hit the “panic button” no matter where they are. Those who stay home most of the time may prefer an in-house system. We’re even developing a shoe insert option for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory challenges.
Why Medical Alerts Save Lives
Medical emergencies like falls, heart attacks, and breathing difficulties can strike at any moment. Many of these emergencies are extremely time-sensitive. If your loved one isn’t able to get to the phone and notify you of their distress, help may not arrive until there have already been severe consequences.
To explain further, let’s look at an example of how a fall alert system can help in a fictional—but familiar—situation.
Evelyn’s elderly father, Phillip, lives at home by himself. He’s still fairly independent but suffers from osteoporosis and slightly reduced balance. Evelyn checks in with him every afternoon on her way home from work.
One snowy morning, Phillip takes his daily walk around the neighbourhood to pick up his mail and chat with friends. As he’s returning home, he slips on a patch of ice outside his door and falls, breaking his hip. He isn’t carrying a phone and no one is close enough to hear him call for help.
Evelyn calls to check in a few hours later, and when he doesn’t answer, she immediately drives to his house and finds him lying on the ground where he fell, unable to get up. She calls emergency services but by this point, Phillip is hypothermic and in great pain. The hip fracture and delayed treatment put him at a greater risk of death or diminished quality of life, even though he’s otherwise healthy.
If this same situation happened with a medical alert system in place, Phillip would have been able to call emergency services without the need for a phone. A friendly, knowledgeable operator would reassure him and keep him calm while he waited only a few minutes for EMS to arrive. Evelyn would also get an immediate alert about the situation.
How to Know Whether Your Loved One Needs a Medical Alert System
If your loved one is active and mostly independent, you may not feel like it’s time to rely on a fall alert system just yet. Even so, it’s better to have a system in place before it’s needed than to wait until an emergency happens. With that in mind, how do you know whether they need a medical alert?
Here are a few factors to consider:
- Do they have a chronic medical condition that could cause an emergency? (Heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, etc.)
- Do they have significant mobility issues?
- Do they live by themselves?
- Are they at risk for slips and falls?
- Do they have a condition like osteoporosis that makes them prone to serious injury?
- Have they recently lost a spouse, partner, or housemate?
- Are they experiencing a decline in memory or cognitive ability?
- Do they take medications with potentially severe side effects?
- Could they suffer a medical emergency if they miss a dose of medication?
- Do they often leave the house by themselves for walks or errands?
- Are they prone to wandering or getting lost?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s likely time to consider a medical alert system.
Remember that medical alert systems aren’t just for seniors, either. Even younger people with a variety of medical conditions can benefit from them. These could include those with traumatic brain injury, mobility concerns, chronic illnesses, seizure conditions, and developmental disorders.
Protect Your Loved Ones With a Medical Alarm System
Even if you can’t protect your ageing loved ones all hours of the day and night, a medical alarm can still give you peace of mind. You’ll both find comfort in the fact that if an emergency were to happen, help is only a button-push away.
Are you ready to invest in the safety and assurance of a medical alarm? Red Dot Personal Alert Solutions carries a range of top-of-the-line medical alert systems for all needs and activity levels.
Visit our shop to compare options and order yours online today with our risk-free guarantee. If you have any questions about which option is right for your loved one, please give us a call at 1-888-557-2019.