Personal Emergency Response System- Not Just for Seniors

Sarah M - Senior Editor, Apr 04, 2014
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Medical alerts are great for seniors! For those of us who have heard the commercials, seen the ads, or read basically anything about medical alerts, this should come as no surprise. For decades, medical alert systems have gone hand in hand with elder care. However, it wasn’t always this way.

When the concept for medical alerts was first introduced, it was presented as a home alert system intended for people who were sick, disabled, elderly, or for anyone who lived alone. Over time, as medical alerts gained recognition, their benefits to seniors became very apparent and soon medical alert companies began marketing directly to their largest demographic, seniors.

As a result, many times people who could benefit from a medical alert system don’t consider this option because it’s for “old people”, when in truth anyone, at any age, can benefit from immediate access to emergency care.

 

Stroke Survivors

“In 2009, 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were younger than 65 years”

-Center for Disease Control

It is well known that the risk of a stroke increases with age, however a stroke can occur at any age. Additionally, those who have suffered a stroke in the past are at increased risk for future ischemic attack. A stroke can prevent bloodflow to the brain and can lead to permanent neurological deficit, paralysis, or death, if not treated aggressively immediately after the incident,  

 

When planning for the welfare of a family member or loved-one with a reduced ability to recover from an adverse incident, consider their ability to contact and communicate quickly with the services that could provide crucial and timely aid.

 

Heart Conditions

“One in Four deaths in America are the result of heart disease”

-Center for Disease Control

Heart disease is the leading causes of death for American adults, and can affect anyone at any age. Heart attacks (Myocardial infarct) and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) are both characterized by a sudden onset, and both can be fatal if interventions are not applied as soon as possible. If alone when a heart attack or other cardiovascular event occurs, the victim has only seconds to react to what may be a life-threatening situation.

 

People at Risk of Falling

“Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide.”

World Health Organization

While data suggests that falls resulting in injuries are more common in seniors, there are still many conditions and situations can lead to an event where a person of any age might find themselves partially disabled and their ability to get help compromised. Neurological conditions, a history of head trauma, past strokes, heart conditions, and weakened bones all increase an individual’s risk for a fall. Not only do falls cause tissue injuries, but complications from those injuries can be catastrophic and life threatening as well.

 

People Living with Reduced Mobility

Many people are restricted in their physical ability to respond to a critical event. Decreased motor capacity resulting from paralysis, neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS), prior strokes or heart attacks, or even amputations can make moving about one’s day more challenging. In an emergency situation, where time is of the essence, people with reduced mobility could find it even more difficult to get the help their lives may depend on.

 

People with Communication Barriers

According to the 2011 Census, a reported 60 million people living in the United States

speak English as a second language in their homes.

Most everyone has experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate clearly with the person they are speaking with. However, for some, the communication barrier can seriously impact their ability to express themselves to others. Whether it’s because they suffer from brain damage as a result of a stroke or injury, have a nervous system disease like Parkinson’s, have developmental disabilities like autism, or just don’t speak English, people with communication barriers often find themselves frustrated and misunderstood.


Medical alert companies keep profiles on their customers, which include any medical conditions or limitations, and some companies offer support in numerous languages. Medical alert operators will be able to see what limitations the caller faces before their first interaction and will be better prepared to work with the caller to address the emergency promptly.

 

Non-Medical Emergency Situations

Medical Alert Systems not only provide an immediate resource in case of medical incidents, but can provide additional protection in the case of an unseen emergency or critical situation.

Events such as fire, home invasion, and domestic accidents can happen without warning. During a time of crisis, it may not be possible to access or communicate with a phone in a safe, secure manner.

 

Children

It may not be time for your child to be given a cell-phone, but that doesn’t mean that they need to be without the ability to communicate in an emergency. Many Medical Alert Systems have remote capabilities with GPS tracking, providing protection for your child while walking to the bus stop or playing at the park with friends. Additionally, mobile GPS medical alerts can help guide your child home if they get lost. All they have to do is push the button and speak to the call center representative, who can then contact you and help you reconnect with your child.

 

Regardless of age, every person can benefit from immediate access to emergency care. With a Medical Alert System, the ability to contact emergency resources in a time of crisis can be simple and effective. Whether it’s for yourself, or to help protect an at-risk loved one, a Medical Alert System can provide peace of mind and the confidence that help is only a button press away, no matter if you’re at home or on the go.