Baby Boomers: Should You Invest in a Medical Alarm?
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Baby Boomers: Should You Invest in a Medical Alarm?

by Martha Scully

It’s no secret that, as we get older, we are exposed to more risk in all areas of our lives. From our health to something as simple as a slip and fall, things that we once took for granted are now things seniors need to think twice about.

“20-30% of seniors have a fall each year.”


According to Seniors’ Falls in Canada, it’s estimated that 20-30% of seniors have a fall each year. Add to this the many instances of seniors requiring emergency assistance, and it’s clear that having access to help at all times is important for the wellbeing of the elderly.


Are You Doing Everything You Can to Care For and Protect Yourself?##

Something that you would have easily recovered from in the past can have a significant impact on your life as you get older. This is why seniors need to take extra steps to protect themselves. One way they do this is by getting a care provider to help them around the house. However, elderly care providers cannot be with you all the time.

To fill in the gap when you don’t have access to your care provider, and for times when you are at home alone, many seniors are investing in medical alarms to ensure they are protected at all times.

What Are Medical Alarms?###

Senior medical alarms are designed specifically for the elderly and other people who may need access to emergency assistance (people with limited mobility, live alone, have pre-existing medical conditions). They provide simple access to care at the push of a button. If you find yourself in a situation where you need help – you may have fallen getting out of the shower, had a reaction to your medication, or any other reason – and don’t have access or the ability to use the phone to call for help, you will be put in contact with assistance.

Why You Should Consider Investing in a Seniors Medical Alarm###

Even if you have access to elder care at home, or have help from friends and family members, it’s still worth considering getting a medical alarm to provide you with an additional layer of protection.


Here are some reasons to consider a medical alarm####

1. Peace of mind####

There is something to be said for having peace of mind in knowing that you are doing everything you can to protect yourself and ensure you get the care you need. Just having an emergency medical alarm in your home will give you – and your family members – reassurance in knowing that you will be able to get help, anytime, if you need it.

2. Easy access to emergency assistance####

You never know when or where you may need emergency assistance. You could be alone and you may not be able to get to the phone – this can be a scary situation. But, with a medical alarm, you will also have access to emergency help, and at the push of a button. This is about as easy as it gets.

3. It’s a great supplement for elderly care####

Home care workers are one of the most common ways for seniors to get help while maintaining their independence and living in their home. However, senior care workers cannot be there all the time, and when they are not there, a medical alarm can help ensure you can still get access to the help you need, should you need it, around the clock.

4. Cost effectiveness####

Investing in a medical alarm is more cost effective than most realize. Most providers will give you the equipment for no cost, and you will only have to pay for the services – which is about equivalent to $1 per day.

5. They are easy to use####

Emergency medical devices are easy to install and use. They are as easy, if not easier, to use as a telephone, in most cases. Once your device is activated, all you need to do is press the button on your device base to connect with someone and get emergency assistance.

6. It’s not obtrusive####

One of the most important aspects of senior medical alarms is that they are designed for your lifestyle. The device base takes up about as much room as a phone, and most models come with a pendant or bracelet that you can wear. Since they are waterproof, you can wear the pendants in the shower.

7. You can take it with you####

Many of the emergency medical devices on the market today have a version of the device that uses GPS, allowing you to take the device with you outside of your home. This means you can take it with you when you go to the store, visit friends for coffee, and you can even take it on vacation with you.

Conclusion##

These are some of the benefits of investing in a medical device for seniors. To learn more about these devices, check out the manufacturer websites. The truth is that you never know what can happen. You could have a fall, experience a complication with your medication, or you could have a medical emergency; and if your elderly care provider or family are not close by, you need a backup plan. Medical alarms provide you with an additional fall back and ensure you can get the help you need when you need it.

Consider investing in a medical alarm – it could save your life!



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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.