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One of the scariest things for an elderly person is falling with no one around and having no way of calling for help. As an EMT I’ve responded to hundreds of these calls. Sometimes it is just as simple as helping an older woman off the floor but other times it’s much more serious, and unfortunately I have seen it way too many times.
If you have an elderly parent or grandparent I highly recommend getting some sort of medical alert device, especially if they live alone. There are a variety of devices and services out on the market now that can help your loved one.
Many of these services provide a necklace or watch-like device equipped with a button that will alert emergency services when pressed. More advanced devices come equipped with fall detection and heart rate monitoring. Some services also provide a lockbox that emergency services can use to gain entry into the residence without breaking down the door if no one is available to open it.
While there is a monthly expense associated with these devices, the cost is well worth it. The services have trained operators on call 24/7 who can provide emergency responders with important information such as medical history, medications, allergies, and emergency contact numbers.
When my wife’s grandmother fell and broke her arm at home, we signed up for Medical Alert after much research. We were very happy with the service. They equipped her with a pendant on a necklace, a wristband device with fall protection and sent a free lockbox with the order. She feels so much safer having the device and it gives us more peace of mind.
In my line of work I have seen just how important emergency alert services can be. Don’t let your loved one become a statistic. Protect them and put your mind at ease knowing that help is just a push of a button away.
Emergency Medical Technician, Basic Life Support Instructor