Senior Safety: Are You Prepared in the Event of an Emergency?
Life is unpredictable, and you never know when an emergency may occur. For seniors who live alone, this can be a serious concern. If they should happen to fall and can’t get up, or suffer from a medical emergency, what plans are in place to ensure they get the help they need in a timely manner? You don’t want your loved one waiting for someone to finally realize they need help. You want their needs to be met right away.
Using a Personal Emergency Response System
Personal emergency response systems (PERS) are an effective way to stay connected 24/7 in case an emergency should arise. These systems work by attaching a console to your senior’s telephone line that automatically dials a response center and offers two-way, hands-free communication. It is activated by a transmitter that seniors can wear around their neck or as a bracelet. Some devices can even be worn on a belt or kept in a pocket for easy access. When help is needed, all they have to do is push a button and the system is activated.
Their call is sent to a call center that immediately assesses the situation and contacts the appropriate parties. This could be sending the police, an ambulance, or the fire department, calling a nearby emergency contact, or alerting a family member. Seniors are able to call for help when they need it rather than waiting on someone else to assist. It can be invaluable in the event of a fall or other medical emergency where time is critical.
Choosing a Personal Emergency Response System
There are several different types of PERS available. Some provide basic options for calling for help, while others are more advanced and may have fall detection technology, GPS tracking, or other features. Consider what the major concerns are for your loved one, and what device may best fit their needs. Systems are often paid for on a month-by-month basis and you have the option to suspend service if your loved one should be admitted to the hospital or have temporary continuous care.
When choosing a system, make sure you ask questions so that you fully understand how it works.
- Is the call center monitored 24/7?
- How fast in the average response time?
- What is the range of service? (How close to the console do they need to be?)
- Is it waterproof or water resistant?
- How easy is it to use for someone with dementia or limited mobility?
Make sure the PERS meets your senior’s needs and is easy for them to operate. Having this system in place can provide peace of mind for when family is not immediately available to check in. It can be a wonderful complement to in-home care services as well for times between caregiver visits. Always Best Care not only offers comprehensive in-home care but also partners with Philips Lifeline to provide additional support to seniors.
It’s time to start planning ahead to ensure your senior has the right systems in place to get help should an emergency arise when they are alone. Working with an in-home care provider and setting up a personal emergency response system can allow your loved one to age in place more safely and comfortably while maintaining their independence. Contact Always Best Care to schedule a free consultation and learn more about PERS options.