Monday, August 25, 2014

Pay Attention to These 7 Things While Your Senior Citizen is Driving

At what point do you say enough’s enough when a loved one’s driving becomes dangerous?  

While we hope that our older loved ones make the decision to hand over the keys on their own, some choose to drive as long as they possibly can.  You’re the one who might have to say enough’s enough to make sure that they remain safe and sound.  What should you look for when they’re driving?
  1. Forgetfulness
Are they able to find their way to the store and back home again?  Are the familiar roads still familiar, or do you receive calls from them asking how to get home?  
  1. Do they remember to take their medical alert systems with them?
Medical alert systems save lives. If someone you love is driving and they forget where they are, the EMT-trained operator can help them get back on track.
  1. Parking
Are they able to park without hitting the curb?  Can they stay within the lines?  Deterioration of vision happens gradually, so it’s important that you keep an eye out for whether your loved one can still park.
  1. Distraction
When they’re distracted, are they able to still pay attention to the road?  Do they pay a little bit too much attention to the radio, their passenger, or their phone, and not enough on the road?  Are they reacting appropriately to the things that they see on the road, or are they somewhere ‘off in space’?
  1. Anger
When your loved ones are driving, do they show signs of being angry while they’re doing it?  Are they weaving a bit, getting angry at other drivers for mistakes that they made, and letting that anger cloud their judgment?
  1. Fender Benders
Is your loved one getting into a lot of fender benders or hitting their doors on other cars when getting out? Too many fender benders can be a sign that it’s time to give up the keys.
  1. Safety
This is the most important one.  Do you feel safe while your friend or loved one is driving?  Would you let your children be in the same car while that person is driving, or do they make you feel too nervous about the situation? Do you feel like they’ll need to reach for their medical alert system every time they go out and drive?  
Bringing up the concerns that you have about your friend or loved one’s driving habits can be difficult, but the ultimate concern is about their safety and well-being.  Explain to them that you don’t want to take away their keys, but you’re trying to prevent having to press the button on their medical alert systems.  No keys might be an inconvenience, but it’s definitely better than other options.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Senior Citizens Day is Nearing

Senior Citizen’s Day is coming up on August 21st; are you ready? 

This day was set aside in 1988 by Ronald Reagan in recognition of the great works and achievements that senior citizens have done for our nation. We’ve collected some fun activities that you can do on your own or with your favorite senior citizen.

Before you get started, take a few moments to test out your (or your favorite senior’s) medical alert system by pressing the button on your medical alert necklace. When the operator comes on, tell them that you’re just preparing for all of the activities you’re planning to do on Senior Citizen’s Day:
  • Go to your favorite restaurant for breakfast A good, well-balanced breakfast provides the fuel and foundation for an incredible day out of the house. There’s always a good local place that you can go to. You can hide your medical alert necklace under your shirt if you don’t want people to know you have the button.
  • Wander around the nature trails Looking around at nature is a fantastic way to relax. While some might believe that all trails are a sure-fire medical alert button push, there are trails in every state which are specially made for those who aren’t able to negotiate hard inclines. Look for paved trails.
  • Get a couple of friends together and play Wii Bowling or Tennis Be social and gather your friends together to play a doubles game of tennis or bowl in your living room. Make sure that you’ve got the area clear of tables and chairs so you don’t have to use your medical alert necklace.
  • Time for the beauty salon! (or barber shop) We love looking good and what better way to make it happen than to go to the beauty salon and get spruced up for a great night on the town (or just because). You have the security of having the medical alert necklace and the confidence that comes from a hair appointment – you’re ready to take on the world!
  • Play a bit of Bridge There’s nothing that can replace the memories of watching grandparents gathered around the table engaged in a card game. So much can be learned about life and the ways of the world when you get the chance to listen in. You now have the opportunity to be the teacher.
Senior Citizens Day is all about celebrating the older people in our lives. The activities mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg – there is so much more that can be done that’s not sitting around the house and testing out the medical alert system. Tell us some of the things that you’re planning for the day!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Commonly Asked Questions About Batteries and Medical Alert Systems

Every Medical Alert System Has A Battery

Medical alert equipment is easy to install in your house.  All it takes is a wall outlet to plug in the charger and a land line telephone line.  You’re furnished with a medical alert bracelet and a pendant.  Depending on the type of medical alert system that you have, you might also have a small base console which works as a two-way whole house speakerphone.

A medical alert bracelet is great to have on hand just in case there is an emergency.  Just press the button, speak to an EMT-certified operator and help arrives. Of course, most of the time the medical alert system is sitting quietly, ready at a moment’s notice for when emergency strikes. However, how can you make sure that it will be there for you when you most need it?

How often do you need to test your medical alert device?

Test the button on your medical alert bracelet or pendant once a week.  First, call the emergency response center from your landline to let them know you’ll be testing.  When you press the button and get a response, tell the EMT-certified operator that you’re testing the system to make sure everything is working correctly.  

Is there any fee for pressing the button on the medical alert bracelet?

No way!  While some companies who limit or charge a set amount for each push of the button, we’re not among those.  The price of pressing the button is included in the cost of the system.  

How long do the batteries last?

Depending on which system you have, the batteries on the medical alert bracelet and pendant last for up to three years or longer.  Some pendants have rechargeable batteries that get swapped out monthly.  If you’re worried about the batteries draining (the medical alert system will warn you, and us, if they’re low), then we will be more than happy to replace them for you at no charge.

What happens if the power goes out?

The charger is plugged into the wall, though it does have a battery backup.  That backup will last for up to 72 hours of charging the communicator unit.  By that time, the power in your home should be restored and ready to go.

Where can you take your medical alert bracelet?

The bracelet and call buttons are waterproof, meaning that you can confidently take them with you anywhere you go.  Don’t be afraid to take a shower. Our medical alert system equipment is built to be waterproof.

When you press the button, you will receive immediate service from an EMT-certified professional who is ready to help. There is always someone there to call in case you have questions or worries about your personal emergency response system, even if there isn’t an emergency right now.
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