For some senior citizens, the availability of safety monitoring devices and medical alert systems means that they can maintain their independence by staying in their own homes safely.
Since fall-related injuries are the number one cause for both death and hospitalizations in those 75 and older, families are often concerned that their older loved ones will fall and be unable to call for help.
Not only are fall-related medical alert systems available, but systems are available that include in-home health monitors, fitness trackers, movement sensors, GPS trackers, activity monitoring, home security services and more, in order to fit the needs of elderly people with specific needs. AARP offers a comprehensive list of considerations when making a purchase decision about a health or security-related monitoring system.
Technologies are available that allow elderly people to have help sent at the push of a button should an emergency occur. These devices can be used by themselves or in conjunction with in-home health care as part of a comprehensive care plan for your aging loved one.
Top Ten Reviews conducted a search for the best medical alert systems of 2017. Their search criteria were based on range, response time, affordability and consistency of signals. Each of the medical alert systems on their list provides 24/7 call monitoring, flexible contracts and nationwide coverage. These medical alert devices also have excellent battery life, quick response times, minimal fees, maximum comfort and durability. After 85 hours researching and 40 hours of testing many safety and medical monitoring devices, Top Ten Reviews produced the following rank of medical alert systems for seniors:
2. Life Fone
5. Rescue Alert
6. Life Station
8. Mobile Help
Many of these alert systems are equipped to handle not only medical concerns but security and safety issues as well.
Keep in mind, the best security systems and alert devices for the elderly won’t always be the same as systems designed for younger adults or families. Elderly patients may have dementia, Alzheimer’s, aphasia or other complications which may hinder their ability to use certain security systems.
Some of the possible features of home monitoring systems for the elderly include video surveillance, fire and carbon monoxide alarms, sensor lighting, and door and window alarms—all aimed at making your older loved one’s home as safe and secure as possible.
For more information about how to integrate medical alert or safety and security devices into your loved one’s care plan, contact us. We’ll be glad to help guide your decision about which system will give you and your aging loved one the most peace of mind.