Monday, June 29, 2015

How To Get Mom (or Dad) To Wear Their Medical Alert Pendant

If Mom or Dad won't wear the medical alert pendant button you just got them, what can you do?

A lot of seniors resist wearing a pendant – we have 92 year-olds who say “those things are for old people!”

We encourage folks to wear their button and view it as a way to empower them to be more active in their own home, and live independently longer.  But if the positive, empowerment approach doesn’t resonate with your mom, you may have to have a more difficult conversation.

Here are some ideas that other clients have had success with to talk to their loved ones about wearing a button:

  • It’s not for you, it’s for ME.  Let your mom know that you worry about her, and that it gives you peace of mind to know she can summon help at a moment’s notice.
  • Nobody needs to know.  Some folks don’t want to be seen wearing one of these – the system you have has a very lightweight button that can be worn around the neck and under a blouse…nobody needs to see it or know.
  • If you don’t have a system, you may not be able to continue living alone in your home.  This is tough, but the reality is that many families can’t allow an elderly person to live alone and have to move them to assisted living or some other arrangement. 
  • Falls can be deadly.  1/3 of Americans  over 65 will fall in their own home each year.  If left on the floor, the consequences can be awful.  We don’t want your mom laying on the floor for 8, 10, 24 hours or longer….the psychological and physical trauma is awful. Getting help quickly is critical. Unfortunately, it's not a matter of if she will fall, but when and how.  
When talking to someone about the best medical alert systems for their needs, it's important to be mindful of how they live day-to-day.  Are they active just inside the house, or do they get out-and-about and need protection everywhere they go.  The idea is to understand that a medical alert device won't get in the way of how they live every day.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Do You REALLY Understand Social Security?

Most Americans over 50 don't understand how this important safety net works.

According to a MassMutual survey aimed to better understand how much Americans know about Social Security retirement benefits, only 28 percent of those surveyed received a passing grade when asked basic questions about Social Security retirement benefits.

More than three out of five surveyed (63 percent) believe Social Security will be available to them when they retire, with a quarter of those surveyed strongly holding that belief. However, less than half (45 percent) think the program will have sufficient funding when they retire. 

This may be why only 39 percent expect to rely more on Social Security than their personal savings or income in retirement, with just 15 percent expecting to rely solely on Social Security.

“Perhaps the greatest Social Security deficit in this country is the lack of education around the retirement benefits of the program, which presents an opportunity and responsibility to financial professionals,” said Michael R. Fanning Executive Vice President, U.S. Insurance Group, MassMutual. “With millions of Americans nearing retirement each year, many may be at risk of under-utilizing a critical component of their retirement income stream.”

To read the full study, click here

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Preventing Falls Before They Happen

Preventing falls from happening in the first place is the right place to start!

One-in-three Americans over the age of 65 will fall in their own home each year.

In 2003 alone, over 2,500,000 older adults were treated at emergency rooms around the country for non-fatal falls.  Of these, nearly one-third or 734,000 were hospitalized following their fall.

Falling is serious business, especially among the elderly.  Falling can lead to medical conditions such as infection, cardiovascular disorder, chronic ailment, Parkinson disorder and dementia.  Not to mention the emotional trauma experienced by folks who fall and may be left on the floor for hours until they are found.

Download our free guide "50+ Ways to Prevent Falls".
To help combat falls and make your home safer, we have compiled our free fall prevention guide "50+ Ways To Prevent Falls" which you can download for free here: Free Fall Prevention Guide.

We are also happy to share the info-graphic on "Preventing Falls In Older Adults" below from our friends at Easy Climber.

Please share with your friends and lets keep our elderly friends and family safe and independent at home.  To learn about our automatic fall detection medical alert systems, click on the link or call us at 1-855-272-1010.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New GPS And Fall Detection Medical Alert Systems For Seniors

Introducing the ONLY medical alert system to combine Fall Detection, GPS tracking, and 2-way cellular voice communication in a small water-resistant pendant under 2 ounces.

Medical Care Alert is pleased to introduce the Next Generation in Medical Alert Systems.  

With the new HOME & AWAY ELITE medical alert system you can go anywhere, and do what you love! You’re protected 24/7 with automatic fall detection and GPS tracking when you need help.

For years now, our clients have been asking for an "all-in-one" solution that is lightweight, easy to wear, works everywhere, and has built in fall detection.  The HOME & AWAY ELITE is exactly what folks have been asking for!

Get complete coverage with our cellular GPS Medical Alert System, with AutoFall detection.

Now you can go anywhere in the US with our cellular based HOME & AWAY ELITE medical alert system. The HOME & AWAY ELITE system combines all the benefits you’ve been looking for:

  • Go Anywhere – uses the AT&T Wireless cellular network for 50 state coverage
  • Do Anything – small and discreet, highly water resistant, under 2 ounces
  • Worry-free – AutoFall technology can detect a fall and summon help, even if you can’t press the button*
  • We know WHO and WHERE you are – our EMT-Certified agents are on call 24/7 with your Personal Profile. GPS location technology tells us your location if you’re unable to speak.
  • Comfort knowing someone is there – the 2-way voice pendant lets you speak with our agents, who will stay on the line until help arrives.
  • Award Winning Customer Service - always here for you.

Advanced technology lets the HOME & AWAY ELITE system to actually understand your movement patterns…helping to discern the difference between a sudden movement and an actual fall.

Learn more today - call 1-855-272-1010 or visit Medical Care Alert.  

Fall detector does not detect 100% of falls. If able, users should always push their help button when they need assistance. System requires daily charging, and access to AT&T Wireless Cellular network.