Medical alert systems can provide incredible caregiver support, enabling them to spend a little more time with their families, grow their careers, and continue to provide high-quality care to their senior loved ones. If you’re considering adding a medical alert system to your caregiver’s toolbox, here are three things you should know:
1. They’re great for long-distance caregiving.
In some ways, caregiving is most difficult at a distance. Because they may live far away from their loved one, long-distance caregivers can feel helpless in emergency situations. Plus, these caregivers may receive little outside support because their duties are often invisible to others.
As the CDC reports, “In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized.” When you’re not nearby, you may worry about what would happen if your senior should fall. Medical alert systems can help alleviate your fears, granting you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your loved one is always able to summon help when she needs it.
2. They provide support for seniors in assisted living.
If your senior moves to an assisted living facility, you will be just as involved as you were when he lived independently or in your home. Rooms typically include staff-monitored call buttons that enable residents to summon staff members — but if your loved one falls and cannot reach the button, he may need to wait for help. Medical alert devices with automatic fall detection can sense when a fall has occurred and contact a response center. Even if your senior is unable to press the button, the medical alert device can access help as soon as possible.
3. They can help independent seniors, even when they’re on the road.
Road rage, construction, detours, and rain are just four conditions that cause worry and confusion for all drivers. Even if your loved one is a careful driver, it’s inevitable that you’ll fear for her safety. Lifeline’s GoSafe Medical Alert System accompanies your senior on the road, and offers a pendant with an easily accessible button. The system uses six location technologies, enabling a response team to find her, contact you, or send help immediately.
Medical alert devices are incredible sources of senior and caregiver support. No matter what your unique situation may be, there’s a device that can make life less stressful for you and your loved one.