Accidents in the home are more common than you think especially for the elderly. Elderly men and women are more prone to accidental slips and falls than people of younger ages. In addition to an increase in the frequency of accidents the recovery period is also longer for seniors. For those seniors who live by themselves, they may not have the strength to get to a phone or call for help. This is a serious manner that we all may face at one time or another. Our elderly loved ones don’t want to lose their independence however, to ensure their safety you may need to step in. A great idea to keep your loved one safe and safeguard their independence is to suggest they wear a personal safety alarm while alone in their house.
When you first recommend a personal safety alarm to your senior they may resist and feel their life is being controlled. An unfortunate fact is that most seniors will not recognize their need for such precautions until after their first fall and their waiting hours before help reaches them. A fall takes a major toll on a senior both physically and emotionally. They do not recover as fast and will most likely never physically be the same. The only factor that can make a difference in their emotional and physical state after a fall is a quick medical response.
A tip to remember when discussing the topic of personal safety alarms or panic alarm systems with your senior is to bring it up casually. Express your concerns for their physical health calmly and in a non-threating way. Make sure you make it clear that it is only a suggestion and the final decision to wear the alarm is their own. After you have expressed your concerns give your senior time to think it over.
Other benefits of personal safety alarms are that most companies will not only contact emergency services when the alarm is activated, but will also contact any family members listed about the incident. A personal alarm system is not only for your seniors benefit, but for your peace of mind as well. Also keep in mind that personal alarm systems are not just for the elderly but are also useful for the following people who are non – English speaking, physically or mentally disabled, have poor motor skills, recuperating after a surgery, rehabilitation from an injury, domestic violence victim, and those of any age who live alone.