Emergency Medical Systems Offer Help When You Are Not There
I know everyone has seen and probably made jokes about the TV commercial in which an elderly woman is on the ground and cries out ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.’ It may seem funny to those of us who are not physically impaired but to millions of people it is an awful reality.
People are living longer these days and want to remain as independent as possible and stay in their own homes as long as they can. Emergency medical systems make that a possibility.
My husband and I faced that problem with his mother. She lived in her own apartment in our home, but we both worked all day and she was alone. Even when we were home, we sometimes could not hear her if we were upstairs. She did fall one night and we decided that we needed a way to monitor her more effectively.
I bought a baby monitor until we could decide on a medical emergency system for her. She was a very independent person, but I could see the look of relief on her face even when we installed the baby monitor next to her bed. The whole family got together and enrolled her in a medic alert system.
Emergency Medical Systems Are Inexpensive
These emergency medical systems are not as expensive as you might imagine and they offer the elderly peace of mind. They set up a monitoring device in the kitchen right next to her bathroom and she wore a pendant around her neck to call for help from other parts of the house.
They also have monitors that resemble a watch. I think most men would prefer that to the necklace. She felt much safer and we felt less guilty about being at work all day. The one we chose dealt with any type of emergency, medical, fire, or burglary. The company checked in with her monthly and alerted her when her battery needed to be changed.
How Emergency Medical Systems Work
Most emergency medical systems work with your existing phone lines and provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the alert button is pressed you are immediately connected to someone who can determine what your needs are.
They can dispatch an ambulance, police, or fire truck immediately and contact family members for you. My mother in law accidentally pressed her alert button a few times when she was changing clothes and was met with nothing but courtesy form the operators.
They never made her feel foolish and were quick to assure her that they were just glad she was OK. If you have an elderly relative or soemone in the family with physical limitations; emergency medical systems will give you peace of mind that your loved ones can reach help when they need it.