Babies constantly fall when learning to walk. Little kids trip over their growing feet. Teens and young adults tumble when playing sports. It’s a fact that people stumble and fall all the time. Falls account for nearly one-third of all non-fatal injuries in the U.S. Some falls are just brushed off, some are funny, some are embarrassing, and some lead to a few scrapes or bruises. However, for older adults a fall may lead to broken bones, serious injury, or even death. Every 11 seconds, an elderly person is treated in the emergency room due to falling and every 19 minutes an elderly person dies from falling. It is the number one injury-related cause of death for people over 75 years old and that is why Medical Alert Systems are very beneficial.
The statistics are frightening but there are methods to reduce these numbers. Awareness, prevention, and preparedness are key. Many initiatives are already in play to spread the word about the seriousness of senior citizen’s falling and only so much can be done to prevent falling. Let’s be realistic… no matter what an accident can happen, but the key is to be prepared in an emergency situation.
Medical alert systems can be the decisive factor between an older adult falling resulting in a minor injury or an older adult falling resulting in death. Medical alert systems are basically a small wearable device with an easy to press call button for emergencies. When an emergency occurs, the wearer presses the button and it connects to a dispatcher who can contact emergency help or a friend or family member.
There are many options for medical alert systems. Some systems require landlines and are for at-home only use. These are simple inexpensive yet reliable models. Another option contains a movable base that can be relocated (vacation house, friend’s or family’s house, hotel). The user wears a small push button necklace or bracelet that has a certain travelable range from where the base is placed. One more option is a completely portable model which clips to a waistband and is a great option for an active user.
As mentioned above, there are a variety of options and add on features. Some models have the fall detection feature, include warranties, and are light weight or waterproof. It is guaranteed that you will find the perfect option for yourself or your loved one along with peace of mind.