Benefits of a Medical Alert System

As reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, 16.9 percent of the U.S. population, or 56 million people, are over the age of 65 and that number is projected to increase to 22 percent of the population by 2050. With age come the natural challenges of various kinds of illnesses and elderly care becomes an increasingly important matter for the friends and family of those who age. 

Providing Independence and Safety

Most people want to maintain as much independence as possible, for as long as possible as they age. They want to have personal safety and peace of mind in case of emergencies. While their family and friends want reassurance their loved ones have help in case of emergency. That’s where a medical alert system can be highly effective.

The Benefits of a Medical Alert System

In many cases seniors can continue to live in their own homes, receiving in-home senior care as needed.  A medical alert system can help individuals receive the benefits of continuing the independence they value. A medical alert system can also provide peace of mind for loved ones. Medical alert systems are easy and convenient to use and offer a variety of service options.  They also provide immediate notifications when urgent help is needed.  

Anyone at risk should consider using a medical alert system. That includes individuals with a chronic disease, at-risk of falling, and seniors aging in place.

How do Medical Alert Systems Work? 

Medical alert systems come in two categories: monitored and unmonitored. Monitored systems connect an individual with a monitoring agency that is staffed 24/7 with agents who can monitor situations and then contact 911 or emergency contacts when necessary. Unmonitored systems simply connect to 911 or to emergency contacts.  

Monitored systems come in two types: at-home and mobile. At-home systems have a base station in the home with a help button worn around the user’s neck, wrist, on a belt loop, or on an accessible wall location. On-the-go systems utilize GPS devices. Some systems offer fall detection and ambient sensors. 

Seek Expert Senior Care in Colorado Springs

Contact Gentle Shepherd Home Care in Colorado Springs for compassionate in-home senior care. We provide a full range of top-quality individualized care services that only a hometown agency can provide, enabling your loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home and live with dignity.

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