It’s late at night. You get up to get a glass of water and take a nasty tumble on the way to the kitchen. There’s no one else at home, yet you aren’t alone.
There’s a little gadget you wear around your wrist that not only detected your fall, it alerted emergency responders that you needed help.
Welcome to the world of medical alert systems.
Designed to make sure you or your loved one gets the help they need in an emergency, these systems offer a number of benefits:
1. Round-the-clock monitoring
Medical alert systems are monitored around the clock, with dispatchers waiting to send emergency crews or family members to your home when you need within minutes.
2. They’re easy to use
With just the tap of a button, your medical alert system will put you in contact with emergency services. These devices are typically worn around the neck or on your wrist, so you won’t need to go anywhere to activate them.
3. You can use them anywhere
Many new medical alert systems are water resistant, allowing you to wear them in the shower and call for help in the event of a fall in the bathtub.
Medical alert systems allow senior citizens or people living with serious medical conditions to hold onto their independence – and their homes – without relying on other people to check in on them. This not only gives you added independence, it also cuts down on the cost of paying for caregivers and increases your level of privacy at home.
5. They give you – and your family – peace of mind
As we get older, we can develop a fear of falling. It’s not an unreasonable fear; falls are the most common cause of injuries among seniors. But it creates a vicious cycle: that fear leads us to limit our movements, which causes our balance and agility to decline, which increases our risk for falling.
With a medical alert system, you’ll be able to have peace of mind that if you do fall – or if your loved one suffers a fall – they’ll be able to quickly call for help.
Do I need a medical alert system?
Don’t just think of medical alert systems as something that can help in case of falls or heart attacks. There are a few specific ways these devices can help:
- Patients with diabetes – Diabetics are at risk for seizures or comas if their blood sugar goes unregulated. Situations like this make dialing 911 impossible, but a medical alert device will essentially do that for you.
- People with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia – More than half of all Alzheimer’s patients will wander from home at least once and may not know how to get back.
- People newly diagnosed with epilepsy – Patients with epilepsy will typically respond well to medication following their diagnosis.
Do you need a medical alert system for your home, or for someone in your family? Turn to Marx Medical. We can help Philadelphia-area senior citizens at home and on the go, with medical alert devices that feature water resistance and fall protection.
Contact us today to find out how we can protect you and your loved ones.