Knee problems are a common complaint reported by seniors. They may occur after an injury or develop as a result of an ongoing medical condition. According to the New York Times, women over age 45 with joint or bone conditions may experience knee pain and related problems at a higher rate than men. In some seniors, these problems are attributable to weakened bone structure that gradually degrades throughout the aging process.
A medical alert system is a simple and cost-effective way to allow you to continue living at home longer. Slips and falls can cause injury or death for seniors, especially if you live alone. While medical alert systems do not prevent slips and falls, they can save lives in the event of an emergency by generating a swift response from emergency medical services (EMS) and/or neighbors.
Maintain Your Independence
Using a medical alert system allows you to remain in your own home when mobility problems arise, rather than resorting to an assisted living home. Knee problems, including muscle weakness, joint issues, and pain, can impair your ability to move around. This could mean difficulty getting in and out of chairs, instability while walking, or falls.
A medical alert system gives seniors with knee problems a simple way to maintain an independent lifestyle. Occasionally, knee problems might cause a fall. Each year, a third of all seniors age 65 and over suffer from a fall, according to Loyola University Health System. Falls can result in broken bones, bruises, and an increased fear of reoccurring falls.
Increase Your Sense of Security
Physical difficulty or instability can cause you to feel insecure about your safety. If you have had a fall and are afraid of falling again, using a cane or a walker and having a medical alert system will help you feel safe, secure, and comfortable in your home again.
Ease of Operation
Medical alert systems typically include a home-based two-way communicator, 24-7 live monitoring, and a call button that can be worn as a pendant or bracelet. According to the National Institute on Aging, in an emergency, pushing the pendant button will alert a trained professional who will then contact the EMS and/or your loved ones to request immediate assistance. Often, falls caused by knee problems do not result in serious injury; however, getting up from the fall unassisted can prove to be a difficult task. Some devices, such as HomeSafe with AutoAlert and GoSafe even include a fall detection system. These devices can automatically call for help if they sense that you have had a fall and you can’t push the button yourself.1
It’s always important to inform your doctor about mobility problems — especially if you’ve suffered a fall, since they can jeopardize your health and ability to live independently. The risk of falling can often be reduced if your knee problems are diagnosed and treated.
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