Senior care can sometimes prove quite expensive. For a large number of families, these expenses can easily become overwhelming. To cut down on these costs, many people have turned to medical emergency alert systems, which can play a significant part in reducing the costs of home health care and doctor visits.
Senior citizens and the disabled
State-of-the-art medical alert systems can substantially reduce the costs related to senior care. However, these systems are not meant to be used solely by seniors, but also by those with all kinds of disabilities. Numerous studies have shown that older adults, most frequently worry about the possibilities of falling, or a stroke, which can leave them in a disabled state. Those with physical disabilities usually have worries about not being able to reach the telephone on time, to call for help during an emergency situation. On the other hand, people with speech or hearing disabilities usually find it quite difficult to successfully communicate with the emergency staff, in the time of need.
Nowadays, it has become a rather common sight to see some elderly or disabled person wearing a so-called “magic button” around their wrists. The device in question is better known as the notrufarmband, and its main purpose is to enable a senior citizen or a disabled person to immediately call for help, in case they are unable to properly communicate or reach the nearest telephone. This device, along with an entire medical emergency alert system, can substantially add to the overall sense of safety for the disabled and elderly people.
Comfort and assurance
Not only is this system extremely useful for these people, but also for their families and friends, as well. It can provide the necessary comfort and assurance for them, that their parents, grandparents, friends, or relatives can easily and instantaneously call for help, in the case of an emergency. As mentioned above, strokes and falls are the most common issues faced by seniors and the disabled and are the most frequent reasons that necessitate the use of emergency call armbands. Although people usually associate falls with senior citizens, they also constitute a problem shared by individuals with vision disabilities, balance related issues, as well as other mobility-related disabilities. Even though many dismiss falls and their consequences, studies have shown that they are one of the leading causes of severe injuries or death for senior citizens. Additionally, it was shown that on average, more than 12.000 senior citizens are killed from fall-related injuries, every year. As a result of these grim numbers, fall prevention is now acknowledged as the premier method of lowering down the number of severe injuries and deaths related to falling.
How does the system work?
The most advanced emergency systems come bundled with an armband and a console. Both the console and the armband feature a button. If a senior citizen or a disabled person finds himself/herself in an emergency situation, he/she can instantly get in touch with a 24-hour emergency medical monitoring center, with a simple push of the button, on either the console or the armband. The emergency staff will have direct access to the patient’s home, as well as access to all the necessary information. Depending on the situation, the emergency center will dispatch the staff best suited for the task at hand.