Emergencies can happen to anyone, however seniors are especially at risk because there is a higher possibility of falling, chronic illnesses, mobility issues, visual impairments and other age-related concerns. These instances could come without warning and for some, unfortunately, without someone around to help, either because they live by themselves or they were alone when the accident happened. This is why investing in emergency alert systems is vital to the well-being of any senior.
Risk Factors of Living Alone
In Canada, almost 25% of people who are 65 and older live alone. The common reason for this living arrangement is that they wish to stay in the comfort of their own homes and be near friends and family.
In the report of the British Journal of General Practice, older people who live alone are more likely to report poor health, worse memory, mood and are also more likely to experience difficulty in doing daily activities. Most importantly, those who are alone at home have no emergency carer.
What You Can Do
You can help them live independently and safely in their own homes for as long as possible. The presence of a live-in caregiver can make a huge difference. They offer companionship to avoid the feeling of isolation, administration of medicine and preparation of healthy meals to ensure good health. Also, hiring a live-in caregiver will ensure that there will always be someone to help out when there is an emergency.
During emergencies, it’s important that they have all the information and tools they need so that they can be attended to as soon as possible. Philips Lifeline offers emergency alert systems that will allow them to have 24/7 access to help.
Emergency Alert Systems
GoSafe merges the WiFi, GPS, and other locating technologies, as well as the Philips AuToAlert Fall Detection technology. It allows you to live independently and as comfortable as possible. This device is also mobile, so you can take it with you anywhere you go.
HomeSafe is available in pendant or wristband buttons. This tool is recommended for seniors who either have a history or fear of falling as well as those with chronic conditions like stroke, diabetes, COPD, macular degeneration and other similar health concerns. HomeSafe is generally also used by those who are recovering after discharge from the hospital.
This medical alert system comes with an in-home communicator, which functions as the home base. When the button is pressed, it will work similarly to a speakerphone and will connect to the Lifeline command center where an associate is prepared to assist.
HomeSafe with AutoAlert is an automatic fall detection technology that immediately identifies when a wearer has fallen. Once a fall is detected the senior will have access to 24/7 help, even if they are unconscious, disoriented, or immobilized.
Lifeline with Wandering is the answer for seniors who tend to wander. It tracks your loved one’s location, giving you peace of mind knowing his/her whereabouts through your smartphone. Like any other Lifeline device, it also includes the AutoAlert fall detection, as well as a two-way voice communication with the response center.
In conclusion, there could be quite a few risks to seniors living alone. Incidents are unpredictable and unless they have a live-in caregiver, there won’t always be someone around to help. These Philips Lifeline emergency alert systems are the perfect addition to any seniors daily life and will put your mind at ease that should they need help urgently, they will always get it.
Being alone for prolonged periods of time could also take a toll on them psychologically. Companionship is important, especially in elders. Hiring a live-in caregiver will ensure they are never lonely and that there is always someone around to assist should something happen.