Living alone can be scary for seniors, but it’s often scarier for their loved ones. Exactly how will grandma get the help she needs when she’s home alone?
Help is only a phone call away
The simplest way to get help when you need it is to use the phone and call for help. It’s easier than ever before with the portability of cell phones. You can literally carry your phone with you in your pocket wherever you go.
If you want to make it easier for a loved one to make an emergency call, help them set up the speed dial feature on their phone. Make it easy for them to call you or emergency services by pushing just a few buttons.
What if the phone isn’t within reach?
As portable as cell phones are, they often get left on the kitchen counter or an end table instead of getting put back in your pocket. If you fall or experience another emergency, having the cell phone on the table isn’t going to help.
In addition, even if you have your phone, you may not be able to pull it out of your pocket. Even if you can, you may not be able to push the few buttons needed in order to call for help. You may not be able to hold the phone up to your ear, or you may be incapacitated, which means you can’t reach out for help at all!
The best way to get help when you’re home alone is by using a medical alert system. It can be worn around your neck, ensuring it’s with you all the time, and many pendants come with fall detection, which can get you help even if you can’t push the button.
How do you get help with a medical alert system?
Getting help is as easy as pushing a single button, or no button at all, if you have fall detection. The pendant is wirelessly connected to a base unit that can register your voice without the need to hold a cell phone up to your ear.
Most base units are able to hear your voice from anywhere in the house. If you are unable to communicate for any reason, help will still be sent your way.
Every medical alert system has a backup battery, so you never have to worry about whether the unit will work if the power goes out. The batteries in the portable pendants can last for a few years without needing to be replaced, so you never have to worry about charging them. Medical alert systems have really made it much easier to get help when you need it!
A medical alert system can greatly enhance your quality of life and talking to a loved one about medical alert systems is easier than you think. Just make sure that you take the time to do your research so you can find a medical alert system that’s right for you. There are dozens to choose from!