We’ve all seen the commercials where an elderly lady falls and calls out, “Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”
While those commercials have been the butt of many jokes over the years, the truth is that medical alert systems can be extremely beneficial to older adults.
If your aging parent is at risk for falling or other situations that may make them need emergency help, a medical alert system can offer both the older adult and family caregivers peace of mind knowing that getting help requires just the press of a button. Advances in technology have made numerous options available, so which one is right for your parent?
Below are some things for caregivers to consider when choosing a system.
What do you need the system to do?
Think about why you believe your parent needs a medical alert system. Today’s systems can detect when an older adult falls and place the emergency call for them. They can also monitor vital signs and remind the senior when it is time to take their medication. If you worry that your aging parent may get lost because of cognitive impairment, you can even get a system with GPS capabilities.
What kind of equipment do you want?
The equipment needed for a medical alert system varies widely. You can get wearable devices, home hubs, and even waterproof devices. Some of them have longer battery lives than others. In addition, you should consider how complicated the device is to set up and use. If you’re not technically savvy and don’t have the help of someone who is, you may want to stick with something simple or with a system that offers good technical support.
What is the financial commitment?
In addition to varying capabilities, medical alert systems also come with varying costs. Some systems require you to sign a contract or have hidden fees. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of the system before making a commitment.
While knowing that your parent can get help if they fall or become suddenly ill can certainly be comforting, being able to prevent a problem in the first place is even better. That’s where hiring a professional in-home caregiver can step in. Having a professional caregiver who stays with your parent when you cannot be there can prevent accidents, like falls. In addition, the caregiver can remind your parent to take their medications, help them make meals, and assist them with household tasks.
If you or a family member are in need of Homecare in Tamarac, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
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