Elderly parents want to remain in their homes as long as they can, but you worry about their safety. Thankfully, over the years, technology has advanced and given us ways to remain in our homes for as long as possible with medical alerts.
Medical alerts, also known as fall monitors, watch over your elderly parent 24/7, 365 days a year. They provide pendants or bracelets that the monitored person wears, and if they fall, you can press the button to reach a central monitoring system. Most monitors notify the central station if your family member falls but doesn’t press the button as well. This feature is excellent because they may not be able to communicate if they’re injured or sick.
The experts there gather information and notify law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel to respond to your loved one’s residence. The monitoring center also notifies people on a pre-set list of the incident and provides information on what’s going on.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Medical Alert System
Medical alert systems have become so advanced that they can monitor and track your loved ones if they suffer from dementia. You can use sensors to see how often they are taking their medicines, and when they use the stove. Alerts keep you in the know, so you worry much less when you know someone else watches them 24/7. There are some specific features to look for when choosing an alert system.
- Fall prevention or detection– Fall monitoring is critical otherwise your loved one may wait a long time for help. The majority of people over 65 falls at least once a year. Sometimes people have waited days for help, and no one wants their loved one to suffer through that.
- Call for help– The monitoring devices give your loved one the ability to call for help if they can’t get to a phone.
- Medication monitoring– Today’s medical alert systems can monitor vital signs and remind your aging family member when to take their medicine.
- GPS tracking and location detection– This feature is great for family members with dementia or even those relatively independent and traveling.
- Daily Check-Ins– Someone checks on your loved one either electronically or in person
- Home security monitoring– 24/7 monitoring for carbon monoxide, smoke, or fire
These are just a few features to look for. If you have a family member that wants to live by themselves but you’re worried about their safety, contact Park Medical Alert to discuss your options for a medical alert system.
About Park Medical Alert
Living with an elderly parent is certainly a joy, but it can also be a challenge. With the right precautions, however, you can make the experience much easier on everyone involved. To learn more about medical alert systems in Pennsylvania, call Park Medical Alert today at (814) 667-4371.
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