senior safety

People make sure that their loved ones stay safe by getting them a personal emergency response system or a medical alert bracelet.  These systems call emergency personnel at the touch of a button, making them a great choice for when caretakers have to go away to run errands or take care of personal business.

Here are the top 8 reasons to get a medical alert bracelet for an elderly loved one.

  1. Your loved one has fallen in the past

Falling once with serious consequences is not necessarily a sign that your loved one will fall again. However, your elderly loved one might be experiencing fear and trepidation at the thought of moving after a fall. That’s the real worry. A lack of movement increases the chance of falling due to muscle atrophy. A senior alert medical system could give them the confidence to try moving more.

  1. Your loved one takes several medications

Drug interactions can cause dizziness and other symptoms which can simulate intoxication.  Those balance issues might make your loved one more prone to falling in the home or outside.  The emergency system can help your loved one recover faster in case you’re not on hand.

  1. Your loved one has trouble standing

Standing upright requires that your elderly loved one be able to maintain their balance.  If they are not able to stand in one place for a few minutes without wobbling, having a personal emergency response system in place will help in case a fall does happen.

  1. Your loved one wants to stay independent

Living independently is a high priority for many seniors.  While you’re looking at the prospect of parenting your parents, there is a certain respite offered by having a device on hand which summons emergency personnel.  It will help them live outside of your home for longer.

  1. You crave peace of mind

We all want a little peace of mind when it comes to our parents, and the bracelets and pendants provided are designed to provide just that. The senior alert medical systems can give that peace of mind for when you have to be away from your loved one.

  1. Your loved one recently had surgery

Surgery, whether it be a hip replacement or something else, temporarily weakens a person and makes them much more prone to falling around the house or in the yard. That likelihood of falling makes your loved one a better candidate for a pendant.

  1. Your loved one fears they are too weak to move safely

While the system can’t get rid of the fear of falling, it does provide some answers on what to do next. It’s available on a continuous basis, and people will be immediately available to take care of the emergency situation.

  1. Your loved one has diabetes

Having diabetes introduces a whole host of issues to the body, including neuropathy, the likelihood of blood sugar issues, and more. While having diabetes should not be the sole reason to get a medical alert system, it is definitely a contributing factor in favor of getting one.

There are many more reason than these to get a medical alert system, as it can prove to be extremely valuable in an emergency situation. Need help? It’s on the way.

This piece was developed expressly for ParentingYourParents.ca. For more information, we suggest you visit MedicalCareAlert.com

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Bart Mindszenthy APR, FCPRS, LM

In writing the original edition of Parenting Your Parents in 2002 and the subsequent revised second edition in 2005 and US edition in 2006, Bart Mindszenthy, APR, FCPRS, LM drew upon personal experience with his elderly father and mother, listening to hundreds of people deep into eldercare, plus his professional expertise in managing crises. Boomers can best help themselves and their parents by planning, understanding the challenges and being prepared, he says.

The new, North American edition, Parenting Your Parents: Straight Talk about Aging in the Family is his ninth book.

“Everyone who has aging parents should consider what issues and challenges lay ahead,” says Bart. “Waiting until something happens isn’t fair to anyone in the family. But the trouble is, in most families aging parents are in denial and their boomer kids are in avoidance,” he says.

Since the publication of Parenting Your Parents, Bart has addressed hundreds of groups and has appeared on dozens of radio and television interview and talk shows and national television specials. He is also a regular contributing writer to Hospital News (http://www.hospitalnews.com/columns/caregiver/).

Bart also authored two books about family elder caregiving on his own in 2011: The Family Eldercare Workbook & Planner, a comprehensive self-directed complete guide to capture needed information and develop strategies for likely issues and difficult situations, and Aging Parents: 200+ Practical Support Tips from My Care Journey, a compilation of 40 columns that appeared in SOLUTIONS magazine tracking a range of specific caregiving issues and challenges with tips and tactics on how to deal with them; see www.famlyeldercareworkbook.com

Bart holds a Bachelor of Philosophy degree with a concurrent major in journalism from Wayne State Univesity.

He is Partner in The Mindszenthy & Roberts Corp., a Toronto-based firm with a subsidiary based in Michigan that since 1990 has specialized in issues and crisis communications management and strategic communications planning. Bart has received numerous awards for his work and is principle author of No Surprises: The Crisis Communications Management System (Bedford Press, 1988), which is considered a seminal work on the subject. He is also co-author of [email protected]: Be a Better Team Leader Anytime, Anywhere, with Anyone, originally published in 2001and which was the fifth best selling business book of the year in Canada. Since, it’s been totally re-written, re-deisgned and re-issued in 2011. It’s now also available as an iPad, iPhone and iPod app. For more, see www.leadershipatworkbook.com.

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