5 Reasons Medical Alert Systems Are Worth The Investment
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Karen Cole, the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of online magazine HealthBenefitAdmin.
Most elderly people don’t want to move to an old age home and wish to stay at their own place. The problem is that it is dangerous for the elderly to stay at home alone and you cannot spend your time worrying about them constantly.
As a matter of fact, estimates indicate that 30% of people 65+ suffer from falls at home each and every year — especially if they are not supervised. And 10% of seniors who fall will end up with a serious injury, such as hip fracture, subdural hematoma, or traumatic brain injury.
Luckily, technology has provided you with an alternative in the form of medical alert systems, which makes it easier and safer for the seniors to live in their own homes.
In essence, a medical alarm system is worn on the body and a monitoring service is alerted at the press of a button. Most of these systems offer services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If there is an emergency, an ambulance is immediately dispatched and people on the emergency list are also contacted. There are a number of benefits you can enjoy through these medical alert systems — we’ve outlined the top five below.
1. They’re Not Just for Seniors
One of the most important thing to note is that medical alert systems are not just designed for the elderly. Yes, seniors are often the primary users, but not the only ones who can benefit from investing in a system.
Medical alert systems can be used by anyone who is injured and recovering, has an impairment or handicap, or requires supervision and attention (such as a disabled person or even a sick child at home).
2. They Offer Peace of Mind
When leaving an elderly, disabled or sick loved one at home alone or unsupervised, it’s usually difficult for you to stop worrying — which can cause increased stress and anxiety, which in turn will impact your daily life.
With medical alert systems, you don’t have to be agitated or nervous because you know they can call out for help and be heard. You can stop imagining horrible scenarios and do your work with full concentration.
3. They’re Fairly Affordable
Most people don’t even consider medical alert systems because they think it will be too expensive. But, the truth is that you can find some affordable options that offer 24/7 monitoring and protection for your loved one without burning a hole in your pocket. Plus, there usually is no need to pay any equipment fees, or sign a long-term contract. Plus, many systems do not require an activation fee.
In the grand scheme of things, medical alert systems will end up costing just a fraction of what you would have to pay for a nursing home.
4. They Can Offer Greater Independence
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of medical alert systems is that they enable seniors to maintain their independence. They are able to stay at home and move about and not move to a nursing home or assisted living facility.
They also enable the family members to have their independence because they don’t have to constantly rush home to check up on them or fret over them when they are out.
5. They’re Highly Reliable
Medical alert systems are highly reliable. If you opt for human supervision and hire a nurse or caregiver, they require breaks. They may have to go to the washroom or eat or may even fall asleep.
That’s not a problem with medical alert systems as they function round the clock and are generally reliable.
The trick is to do your research and invest in the best medical alert system out there for your specific needs. Don’t settle for the cheapest and don’t look for the one with the highest price tag; compare features and pricing and then make a well-balanced decision on what options and features are right for your specific needs.