Step by step – Prevent falls

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Alert Response Medical Alert Systems make sure that if you fall, help is available at the push of the button. Our systems bring peace of mind knowing that you are not home alone. By having our system, you are are being proactive for your health and safety. Taking that one step further, what are you doing to prevent falls? Have you used a fall prevention checklist to examine your house? Are you familiar with the side effects of your medication?

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Aging in Place: A Home Checklist

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If you or a loved one is planning to age in place in your home, there are several factors to consider. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Stairs/levels. This is one of the more obvious perils for seniors, and falls are the number one cause of preventable hospitalizations. (Worried about falling? We can help!)
  • Lighting. Easily overlooked, adequate lighting is a very important factor.
  • Doors and doorways. Thresholds that aren’t flush to the floor, glass ...
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Choosing the Right Bathtub

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An average person will spend a year and a half in the bathroom over the course of their lifetime, a lot of it spent in the tub/shower.

Some people spend time in the tub just to get clean, while others feel that spending time in the tub rejuvenates their energy and revitalizes their spirit.

Whatever the reason for spending some time in the bathroom, one thing is certain, the bathtub is one of the most important aspects of the bathroom.

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Reducing Fall Risks

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Alert ResponseFalling is the leading cause of injury for Americans age 65 and older according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Every year approximately 35 to 40 percent of older adult Americans fall at least once.  Over 50% of these falls occur on the home.

 

Injuries caused by falling down can ...

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Fall Prevention is NOT a Balancing Act – How Staying Healthy Prevents Falls

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We recently talked a little bit about making home a little safer for seniors. Making sure your loved ones are navigating an obstacle course at home every day can go a long way towards preventing a bad fall, but overall health and strength are really important, too.

The older we get, the more we have a tendency to just take it easy when we have some down time – I know I do! But sitting around, or being fearful of ...

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Get Smart About Senior Care Costs

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There are a variety of options available for any budget.

It’s never too early to plan care for an aging loved one. Before their health begins to decline, you and your family need to agree on the kind of care they need, and how it will be paid for.

To get an idea of the average costs of popular senior care options, see below. And keep in mind that while your loved one may be fine with occasional care now, they could need more serious and expensive ...

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Signs that your loved one might need help

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Next time you are visting a friend or relative, spend some time checking for signs that they might need help. Often times older adults in an effort to remain independent try to hide things that might cause concern for loved ones. Use the list below to help spot issues that might raise a red flag.

a. Daily housework not being performed
i. Tired
ii. Overwhelmed
iii. Forgetting

b. Mail piling up
i. Overwhelmed with ...

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Increased Security

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No, we haven’t started offering body guard detail, but we are increasing security here at Alert Response. We are excited to now offer vital signs monitoring in addition to emergency response and medication management.
Vital signs monitoring increases security and independence for individuals with a wide range of illnesses by allowing them to communicate daily with their doctors and health care providers while remaining in the comfort of their own home.
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Staying on your feet

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As we grow older falling becomes a part of a lot of peoples lives and the aftermath of a fall can be very traumatic and costly. People who have fallen often spend weeks and sometimes months in the hospital trying to recover physically and mentally. Rehab centers are full of people spending hours upon hours in physical therapy to regain strength and confidence. I have heard horror stories of healthy older people falling and spending 12 or 15 hours laying ...

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A Little Wobbly

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I have recently started a new hobby in my life…worrying about my parents. It seems that I get more and more obsessed with the well being of my father especially. I describe him as “a little wobbly” but let’s face it, he is prone to falls. The irony is that he started an emergency response company 17 years ago. For those of you who are not familar with what emergency response is then just think back to the 80’s when ...

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