Over the last few decades, the number of seniors who live alone has increased, which, according to a report by the Pew Research Center, is currently about 12 million seniors. Although aging at home has many benefits, and most seniors prefer to age in the home, it can also pose some risks.
Today, one of the biggest perils for seniors is falling. There are many precautions one can take to help prevent falls in the home such as maintaining a clean and safe environment, installing grab bars in the bathroom and improving balance and strength through activity, but the risk of falling is still prevalent. One in three older adults will experience a fall, and seniors who live alone have an added layer of risk of not being able to call for help in an emergency. For this, getting a medical alert device may be the best solution. Medical alert devices will summon help; allow you to talk to a response associate through the device; or some models can even detect falls and will call to see if there is an emergency. With different levels of medical alert devices available, each provides varying benefits depending of the needs of the individual. For seniors who are active or travel, there are certain devices that meant to be “on the go.”
With the assistance of medical alert devices, aging in the home has never been safer. When help is a simple push of the button away, it offers peace of mind to both seniors and caregivers.
Learn more about medical alert devices provided through the VNA at www.vnatc.com/lifeline or call 772.453.2639.