As the elderly population increases, more seniors are choosing to either live independently or with a caregiver. There are many problems that seniors may encounter trying to keep their independence in their own home. Caregivers and spouses are often overwhelmed with responsibilities of patients that were recently released from the hospital. This can include managing their medication and making sure they’re safe in the household. Most seniors prefer not to seek medical treatment or hospitalization when there is a health concern and therefore, wearing a medical alert bracelet or subscribing to a medical alert service can be a simple solution to both the patient and their families.
Statistics show that by the 2030, there will be over 70 million people over the age of 65. Today, 9 out of 10 Americans over the age of 60, wish to continue to live independently in their own homes where they feel safe. Over 45% of these seniors have one or more chronic illnesses. More than 33 percent of the adults fall at least once during the year. Most of these falls account for 10% of emergency room visits.
Falls make up the majority of hospital visits for seniors living alone at home. However, there are many other factors to consider such as depression. Studies show that depression is a major concern with the elderly population and affects more than 6 million elderly people.
Medication mismanagement is another leading cause of hospitalization among seniors. More than 50% of seniors do not follow their medication practices properly. Many hospitalizations occur due to making mistakes with medication and consequently, leads to more than 23% of nursing home admissions.
Today, there are many ways to help keep seniors living independently at home. You can be relieved of some of the responsibility of caring for the elderly while they live in their own home. A medical alert bracelet can help you do this without placing them in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Often, individuals are dealing with multiple medical problems such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, limited mobility and arthritis. With a medical alert bracelet, help is available with just a push of a button.
The individual can wear a medical alert device as a medical alert bracelet or necklace. Medical alert bracelets are designed to be water proof, lightweight and easy to use. A medical alert bracelet comes along with a base station that can be placed anywhere in the house where there is a landline phone and jack. These medical alert bracelets are great for people who are home bound or are alone the majority of the time.
Emergency medical alert bracelets are designed to provide medical help in personal emergency situations. If there is a slip and fall situation, a subscriber can press the button on the medical alert bracelet or the base station to call for help. In the event that an operator calls to check on the subscriber and receives no answer, the operator will immediately summon outside emergency medical personnel such as the ambulance, fire dept. or the police.