Senior Home Safety Matawan NJ
Safety is often one of the top considerations for family members when they have a senior loved one living at home alone. As people get older they become more exposed to various risk factors, especially slipping and falling.
While it may seem practical for those family members to stop by and check in on their loved one every once in a while, that doesn’t mean they are completely safe. There are certain steps that elderly individuals can take to improve their safety, and using medical alert devices is one of them.
What is a medical alert device?
There are different types of devices, from those worn around the neck like a necklace to some that are worn around the wrist more like a watch. These devices can be depressed in the event the senior finds himself or herself in an uncomfortable, unsafe, or unknown situation.
For example, if the elderly person slips and falls while getting out of a chair and is having extreme difficulty getting back up and can’t seem to move due to pain or discomfort, they can press the medical alert device and have emergency services en route to check in on them.
If they are feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or experiencing pain in their chest, some symptoms that can be commonly associated with a heart attack, they can press their medical alert device and begin getting emergency personnel moving toward their home to check in with them.
How a medical alert device improves safety.
A medical alert device is not going to keep the senior safer within their home, but in the event of a medical emergency or a slip and fall accident, they won’t be alone for very long. Far too often a person slips and falls and is unable to get to the phone to call for help and has injuries making it almost impossible for them to get back up into the chair, on the couch, or elsewhere.
Instead of laying on the floor unconscious, in pain, and/or unable to move, the senior can simply press a button on the medical alert device they wear and take with their person at all times to get help moving toward them as quickly as possible.
There are other devices in place and being developed that could sense when the senior gets out of bed at night, how long they’ve been out of bed, and if they don’t return within an expected length of time, it could call for emergency services to make a welfare check on the individual.
Thanks to technology, safety is improving for most seniors across the country who prefer to remain at home as they get older.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Matawan NJ, please contact the caring staff at Lares Home Care 1-800-781-7435 or 732-566-1112.
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