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Medical Alert System

When should I invest in a medical alert monitoring system?
 
by Mark JeanmaireRating
 
The Facts:

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) falls among older adults affects one in every three age 65 and older. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. The reality is we all want to be independent and do not really think about falling but accidents do happen, especially as we get older. A fall can be a life changing event and should not be ignored or minimized.

Minutes Really Do Matter!

The New England Journal of Medicine reports the following statistics for victims that fall in their home and cannot reach a phone.
• The average time spent incapacitated was eighteen (18) hours.
• Victims were found by family members only eleven percent (11%) of the time.
• Twenty Eight Percent (28%) of victims died, often as a result of the effects of waiting and not receiving help in a timely manner.
• Sixty Two Percent (62%) of survivors required a hospital stay averaging 8 days and costing thousands of dollars in extra medical fees.
• Only Thirty Eight Percent (38%) of those who survived were able to return to living independently.

Think about these numbers. Not having access to communicate to anyone that you are in trouble leads to some pretty devastating statistics.

What does this all really mean?

Seventy three percent (73%) of the people who fall or have an incident in their home that don’t receive help in a timely manner do not return to living independently! That is almost 3 out of 4 people. You have worked hard your entire life and retirement should be in your home, not a nursing home!

The harsh reality…

It only takes one slip, one fall to end your independence. You need to be prepared. Taking care of yourself and preparing for that “what if” moment in life before it happens is the security needed for independence. Being proactive is crucial to Aging in Place. Making your home a safe environment by installing grab bars, smoke detectors, non-slip mats, etc. is good prevention, but only a Personal Emergency Response System will allow you to summon for help when you need it most.

The Studies show that having a medical alarm system in place before the need arises will mean the difference between living at home or living in a nursing home.

Better Two Years Too Soon Than One Day Too Late! – Be Prepared!!
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