A Medical Alert Device
May Be Right For You
Hi, my name is James, and I am the owner of Independent Life Systems Medical (ILS Medical). I have been providing medical alert pendants and giving talks regarding “Fall Awareness” to seniors for well over 10 years and when if you have come to know if a personal emergency response system is right for you then you have come to the right place.
One thing I have noticed over the years is there are a lot of people who are not sure if a medical pendant is right for them. They may have people in their family keep telling them they need one or maybe they have had a small minor fall but do not think a medical alert pendant is a solution for them at this time. Often it is not knowing how a PERS system works or how much it costs to have one. Whether you are on the fence or if you are looking for more information, the following “reasons a medical alert device may be good for you”, and see if any of these reasons apply to you.
1. You Want To Be Proactive
Of all the reasons to get a Personal Emergency Response Systems this would be the wisest. The most common call we get at ILS Medical is after a fall or emergency has already occurred. This is concerning as the damage has been done. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-trauma-related hospital admission among older adults (Statistics Canada, 2014). The quicker you can get help when you have had a fall the better your chances of recovery. Proactive means, you understand that you may be at risk of a fall and taking preventative actions to protect yourself before a serious fall occurs. A medical alert pendant will not prevent a fall but rather get you the help you need as soon as reasonably possible.
2. Living On Your Own
If you live on your own, you are in good company. A lot of seniors in fact are in the same situation as you. In North America, roughly 26% of seniors over the age of 65 live at home alone (Ausubel, 2020). This number gets significantly more if you live in a retirement community, with around 82% of residences are reported to live by themselves.
Living alone can provide its own challenges. If you fall or have an emergency, it may take hours or even days for someone to come help. A report conducted through Cambridge University found that 82% of the adults who lived alone who had reported a fall were found on the ground, 60% were not able to get up themselves, and of the 60%, 30% were not found for a couple of hours (Jane Flemming, 2008). Whether you feel at risk or not a PERS device may be the answer you need to have peace of mind and live life to your fullest
3. You May Have A Few Near Misses
Believe it or not, a major fall may be predicted. If you find yourself having small little trips here and there, nothing too big, or if you have started noticing small little bruises on your arms or legs, it may be a clear warning sign that a major fall could be on its way. A little trip or bruises on your arms or legs could mean you do not have the stability or balance you once had. 1 in 3 adults over the age of 60 will experience a fall per year. Falls increase by age and increase by 17% between the ages of 65 and 69 (Statistics Canada, 2014). A PERS will give you the comfort and peace of mind that when you fall you will have the help you need.
4. You Are Getting To That Age
The truth, you are no longer a spring chicken. It is not like you woke up one morning and decided, “Okay, today is the day I am going to fall”. Age plays a big factor and the older you get the greater your chance of falling is. According to Statistics Canada, a third of adults between the age of 60-70 will fall per year. As we age the probability increases, once we hit 85+, this number rises above 50%. Now imagine, a mountain climber decided to climb Mount Everest, would we pack the right gear to get him safely to the top and back safely? Medical pendants are your lifeline to a safer journey.
The quicker you can get help the better chance of having a full recovery. It is never easy to admit you need help but getting a medical alert pendant will give you peace of mind that when you have your next fall, you will get some help.
There are many stories I have heard of clients laying on the ground for days before getting help. The average time it takes to get help while living on your own is 8 hours.
5. Our Friends Or Family May Keep Saying, “It’s Time” To Get One
A very peculiar thing I hear is, “I am getting one of these because my family wants me to have one”. You are still young and vibrant, have the energy to clean the house, drive, socialize with friends, exercise every day, go grocery shopping without assistance then why do you need a medical alert pendant? Whether you are getting a PERS device to appease your friends and family, it is a good choice. Falls happen when you least expect them. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults (Statistics Canada, 2014). According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, over one-third of seniors who are hospitalized because of a fall are placed in a long-term care facility. Although you may be making your family happy by getting a medical pendant, you are taking the great initiative by getting PERS as the danger of a fall is there and if you do fall you want to get the help you need so you can have a full recovery.
6. Our Eyesight Is No Longer What It Used To Be
As we age eyesight our eyesight becomes worse. By the age of 65, 1 in 9 Canadians will develop irreversible vision loss, and 1 in 4 Canadians develop irreversible vision loss (Canadian Association of Optometrists, 2016). Failing eyesight is a major reason contributing to falls in Canada and can be prevented. You should schedule regular visits to your optometrist every year. If your eyesight is not what it used to be, a PERS device may be hand to have. If you have a fall because you tripped over an area rug or even over your pet, you should have been able to call for help.