A lot of attention is placed on safety for seniors within the comfort of their home. There are numerous home modifications that can be extremely beneficial for boosting safety, but unfortunately many seniors don’t consider these things until an incident occurs. For example, a person may not even want to think about installing a stair lift until they lose their balance on the steps and somehow manage to escape serious injury.
Medical alert systems can be a great asset.
Just because a person in their 70s or 80s is still getting around on their own without support, not having too many concerns, that doesn’t mean a slip can’t occur at any time. In fact, it’s usually when people don’t expect it to happen that something like that does.
The average individual can probably relate to this situation.
It’s early in the morning. You’ve just woken up. You’re going to jump in the shower to get ready for work. Maybe you’re running late or you just have a lot more to do this day, and you’re pushing yourself a little bit faster. You step into the shower without a second thought. Your feet step on the ceramic tile and there must be some cleaning solution or soap residue still there that, when it gets wet, becomes like ice.
Your foot slips, maybe only a few inches, and you’re able to maintain your balance. Your heart might ramp up a little bit, but within a few moments you’ve already forgotten that incident.
For somebody in their 70s or 80s, that little slip can lead to a devastating fall. What if they fall and break their hip or leg or ankle and can’t get help? What if they are stuck in the tub and can’t climb over the lip?
That’s just one scenario out of dozens or even hundreds that happen every single year across the country and around the world. A senior who considers a medical alert system can notify a monitoring station with the touch of a button that they’ve fallen and need assistance. Even if they are unable to do that, the right system could have fall detection which notifies emergency services if it detects such an event.
The sooner help arrives, the sooner that elderly person will get the assistance they need and that can be the difference between life and death. It is a serious safety consideration to make.
Have questions about home care to improve senior home safety in Honolulu, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today. Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Latest posts by Jermie Chadwick (see all)
- Hiring Home Care Support May Help You Avoid ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ - November 14, 2017
- Three Things Veterans Need to Know About Aid and Attendance - October 12, 2017
- Medical Alert Systems with Fall Detection May Help Seniors Be Safer at Home - September 15, 2017