Parkinson’s Patients are Fighting Back!

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******************************************************************************************************************************** Do you know someone who has Parkinson’s Disease or another debilitating health issue that causes them to be unsteady on their feet?  For questions, more information, or to learn how beneficial a “medic alert” can be, please call 877-449-5566 or visit online.

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Mom Fell. Now What?

Important Facts about Falls

Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, three consistently prevailing facts are common among those seniors who do fall:

  1. More than one out of four older people falls each year.1
  2. Less than half of the seniors who fall, tell their doctor. 2  
  3. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. 3 

Twenty Five Percent (1/4) of All Senior Adults Fall Each Year!

When you think about the aging populous of the senior generation, this is a staggering statistic!  The financial and emotional implications to our elders (and their families) is staggering…. As our “boomers” continue to age, the emotional and financial implications will only increase!  

For those who fall, and are injured, the costs of medical care huge.  Also, the fact that many turn to family caregivers to help them to return to their own home, thereby placing the burden upon their family for time and financial commitment. Many caregivers are finding that they have to miss work and/or pay for home care or other expenses out of their own pockets.  This dilemma will have long-term ramifications for future generations as they, in turn, face the challenges of their own aging.

“Mums the Word!”

If and when a senior falls, nearly half of them require assistance to get up. Oftentimes, unless there is visible bruising, they will never tell anyone that they had that event happen – not even their doctors!  

Unfortunately, many falls could be a result of a medical condition, such as a urinary tract infection, or perhaps their medications need to be changed….  Thus, it is encouraged that the person who falls, share that information with their medical professional(s). Sadly, many feel that to disclose that they fell equates to the fear that they will ultimately lose their independence.  Yet, the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is true in this case.  If a doctor can be proactive (rather than reactive) in the seniors care, they can help the patient to have a better quality of life!

The “Fear of Falling Cycle” Begins!

When you fall and you’re elderly, all of a sudden your world changes!

Once a senior experiences a fall, they are fearful of falling again.  Therefore, they try to reduce the risk of falling by becoming less active.  Because of the reduced activity, they become weaker, have reduced range of motion, become more unstable, and thus fall again.   It is a vicious cycle that perpetuates itself into making their fear become a reality.

A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), like Around the Clock Medical Alarms, will not prevent a fall, heart attack, or other emergency from occurring, but it will enable an individual to get help if/when an emergent event occurs. Therefore, medical care can be administered to those individuals who are affected, at the time of occurrence, rather than becoming the statistic of someone who lays there for hours or days after something happens. Unfortunately, we all have heard of someone, or personally know someone, that this has happened to; irregardless of the modern technology that is available to help to reduce these types of outcomes following a life-changing event.

For questions, more information, or to learn how beneficial a personal emergency button, also known as “medic alert” can be, please call (toll free) at  877-449-5566 or visit online.

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is based out of Cape Girardeau, MO, serving the greater St. Louis, MO area, all of Missouri and across the United States.

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References

  1. Bergen G, Stevens MR, Burns ER. Falls and Fall Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:993–998. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6537a2

  2. Stevens JA, Ballesteros MF, Mack KA, Rudd RA, DeCaro E, Adler G. Gender differences in seeking care for falls in the aged Medicare Population. Am J Prev Med 2012;43:59–62.

  3. O’Loughlin J et al. Incidence of and risk factors for falls and injurious falls among the community-dwelling elderly. American journal of epidemiology, 1993, 137:342-54.

 

3 Benefits of a Medical Alert System for Aging Loved One(s)

“Life Alert” and/or “Lifeline” types of Medical alert systems help keep aging, ill, or disabled individuals safe by allowing them to call for emergency responders and inform health professionals of allergies, medical conditions, or medications in an emergency. Many medical alert systems consist of medical alert devices that can be worn as bracelets or necklaces or placed strategically throughout the home so that users have access to them 24/7. There are many reasons families should invest in these systems for aging loved ones.

3 Reasons to Subscribe to a Medical Alert System

1. It Eases Anxiety

Families will have peace of mind when they purchase a life alert system for an older loved one. Between full-time jobs and families of their own, it’s nearly impossible for adult children to take care of their aging parents 24/7. A medical alert system means you can rest easy knowing they’ll be safe even when you can’t be there. 

2. Response Time Is Fast

life alert systemWhen users press the button on their medical alert device, a representative will immediately dispatch emergency personnel and make contact with the user, remaining on the line with them until first responders arrive. A fast reaction is imperative to treat health conditions such as heart disease to prevent significant damage.

3. They Promote Independent Living

Those with chronic health conditions often require special care and supervision that limits their independence. Rather than moving to an assisted living facility or living with family, your loved one can remain in their home alone for longer, confident they will have help available when they need it. 

Families in Cape Girardeau, MO, who want to learn more about life alert systems will find quality service from Around the Clock Medical Alarms. They offer small, discreet medical alarms in bracelet and necklace form along with additional equipment for placement in the home. All of their call center staff are certified Emergency Medical Dispatch specialists who will answer within 22 seconds. Visit their website or call (877) 449-5566 to learn more about their medical alarm systems today.

Written by: acampbell

They’re Never Alone with a PERS System from Around the Clock Medical Alarms!

Do you notice a decline in their general health?

Aging brings many challenges, such as health issues, dependency upon family caregivers, falls, loss of one’s independence and/or death of a spouse or significant other. Imagine the darkness of the loss of someone you have been with for five decades, or more! I cannot even fathom….  There is so much truth to the old adage that “aging is not for sissies!”  

The fastest growing age group in the U.S. is 85-years or older. According to a 2015 U.S. Census Bureau report, longer life expectancy rates mean an increase in the global population of older generations and an increase in the need for their care. Caregivers typically begin to notice signs of decline. When that decline happens, what happens next?  Remember, the effects of the aging process affects not only the aging individual, but also their caregiver(s).

Loved ones may no longer be as self-sufficient as they once were. They may now exhibit the need for additional assistance to do the functions of daily living such as laundry, meal preparation, house cleaning, driving to doctor appointments or to do errands.

Essentially, as they have a reduction in their abilities, we find ourselves having to increase our support. Many caregivers are having to use time off work for “elder care” instead of “vacations.”  Not only are caregivers sacrificing time, but they are also using their own financial resources to help pay for the care needed by their elder wards.  

Our once vibrant, active individuals, are now “slowing down.” We notice changes from one visit to the next.  Perhaps they are now shuffling their feet, “furniture surfing,” or using an assistive device to steady themselves as they walk.  Maybe they had a fall…or two…. Maybe they are afraid they will fall again!  

Needless to say, you are concerned about their safety.  You want to help them to maintain their independence and potentially are starting to explore the option of home care, home modifications, medical equipment supply, etc.  It can all be more than a little overwhelming!

In addition, your loved one may benefit from an emergency alert system, also known as a “Lifeline” or “Life Alert.”  Around the Clock Medical Alarms  is also a provider of medical alert necklaces and has been assisting subscribers and their families since 2012.  They are an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.  

If you are struggling to help them to maintain their independence, Around the Clock Medical Alarms can assist you with an affordable, NO contract, PERS.  Get peace of mind knowing that they are never alone – even when you’re not with them.  

2020 Vision:  Safe AND Independent

Questions? Call 877-449-5566 or visit online

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is based out of Cape Girardeau, MO, serving the United States.

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In an emergency, WHAT IF you could not get to the phone?

Press the Around the Clock Medical Alarms medical alert necklace or medical alert bracelet! Our EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch) Certified 9-1-1 Response Center will get the help you need!

Everyone who lives alone should have an Emergency Response System in place. Get help any day, time, or reason – Around the Clock!

Questions? Call 877-449-5565 or visit online.

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is based out of Cape Girardeau, MO, serving the greater St. Louis, MO area, all of Missouri and across the United States.  

Do You Need Help?

The Around The Clock Medical Alarms offers EMD Certified (Emergency Medical Dispatch) 9-1-1 Response Center that can get the help you need – Fire, Ambulance, Police, Family, Friends, or Neighbors – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!  Around the Clock!  

In the event of an emergency, many of America’s seniors do not want the whole neighborhood to know they are “needing help.” They do not want “lights” and “sirens” to respond EVEN if they fall and cannot get themselves back up…

Unlike calling 9-1-1, the Around The Clock Medical Alarms Response Center has your family and friend’s contact information, so that if you are down and are not hurt, you can ask for the next door neighbor, your son and/or son-in-law to come to help you.  This service can get help quickly — in real time – for seniors who are potentially prone to falling or have medical issues that would warrant immediate assistance.  The subscriber is able to push a personal medical alert necklace or medical alert bracelet to get the help they need.

If an emergent event occurs, and the individual cannot get to a phone to call for help, they will become the statistic of someone who has an event and lays there for hours or days.  Due to the delay in response and potential delay in medical treatment, the person’s health is compromised.  It is harder for them to recover from the traumatic event, as well as having the family feel guilty and want to prevent that situation from happening again.  Ultimately, this can cause a person to lose their independence.

A medic alert system will not prevent a fall, heart attack, or stroke, but what it does do is get help!  If you, or someone you love, is a candidate for a personal emergency response system device, Around the Clock Medical Alarms can help you to get protection!  

Call 877-449-5566 or visit online TODAY!

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is based out of Cape Girardeau, MO, serving the greater St. Louis, MO area, all of Missouri and across the United States.

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“Peace of Mind” at the Push of a Button….

“I feel better knowing I can get help!”

“A recently diagnosed medical condition means that, in the event of an emergency, I would need help fast! Around the Clock Medical Alarms gives me comfort and confidence knowing that I can get the help I need — simply at the push of my button.”

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is a nationwide provider of the personal emergency response system, PERS, which helps its subscribers to get help fast. It’s EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch) Certified (9-1-1) Response Center is available and happy to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

For questions, more information, or to learn how beneficial a personal emergency button, also knows as “medic alert” can be, please call 877-449-5566 or visit online.

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You Don’t Have to “Fall” to Be “Alarm Appropriate” … OR Elderly!

Concerned about the health and safety of someone you know and/or love?

Do they have health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer? Did you know that these three conditions are in and account for thirty percent of the Top 10 causes of death, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)? Would it behoove them to be able to get help in the event of a medical emergency? Are they living alone?  What IF they experienced a life-threatening event and could not get to the phone to call for help? What IF they laid there for hours or days? Would their health be further compromised? Could they potentially lose their independence? Worse yet, their life?

A medic alert, “personal emergency response system,” (PERS) like Around the Clock Medical Alarms cannot prevent a medical emergency, or fall, but it can get help, IF it happens to THEM!

If Safety is a concern, and you’re considering the need for an emergency button, let us help! Call Around the Clock Medical Alarms at 877-449-5566 or visit online.

Want to “Age in Place?”

Are you a caregiver of an elder person wanting to “age in place?”  Or, maybe you, yourself, want to “grow old at home!” 

The following article from the National Institute of Aging, addresses many of the issues that are faced and gives suggestions to help you:

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/aging-place-growing-old-home

These are common issues for older people. You may share the often-heard wish—”I want to stay in my own home!” The good news is that with the right help you might be able to do just that. Staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place.” The article contains suggestions to help you find the help you need to continue to live independently.

Safety and the possible need for an “emergency alert system” is but one issue they address….

“Safety. Are you worried about crime in your neighborhood, physical abuse, or losing money as a result of a scam? Talk to the staff at your local Area Agency on Aging. If you live alone, are you afraid of becoming sick with no one around to help? You might want to get an emergency alert system. You just push a special button that you wear, and emergency medical personnel are called. There is typically a monthly fee for this service.”

If you, or your loved one, is concerned about safety and/or need this type of protection, contact Around the Clock Medical Alarms at 877-449-5566 or visit online.  Our EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch) Certified (9-1-1) Response Center will be happy to help 24/7, 365! Around the Clock. Hometown Response. Nationwide Coverage.

Who is Around the Clock Medical Alarms?

Around the Clock Medical Alarms system consists of three parts; the personal help button, master unit and the response center. The personal help button is available as a necklace or bracelet and should always be worn by the member. When the personal help button is pressed it will activate the master unit which conveniently plugs into any type of telephone connection in the home. The master unit immediately calls the response center and within seconds our highly trained care specialist will speak to the member over the base unit. Depending on the emergency the care specialist will notify EMS, police, fire or friends and family to let them know what is going on with their loved one. Seniors and their families now enjoy great peace of mind knowing that help will be only a push of a button away.

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is proud to say they only use equipment that is made in the USA and our new master unit is the only system on the market today that’s 100% compatible with all types of telephone connections. Our EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch) trained and certified response specialists are also located in the USA and can assist not only with medical emergencies but also any equipment questions.  (Our Response Center is the ONLY ONE in the U.S. that requires its responders to obtain their EMD Certification.  This is the same training that a 9-1-1 operator must obtain).

Statistics on Falling and the Elderly

Falling and its resulting injuries are an important public health problem for older adults. The National Safety Council estimates that persons over the age of 65 have the highest mortality rate (death rate) from injuries from falls. Among older adults, injuries cause more deaths than either pneumonia or diabetes. Falls account for about one-half of the deaths due to injury in the elderly.

Among 65-year-old women nearly one in three (33 percent) will fall in their home; after age 85, over half of women will suffer a fall in their home.

Men between the ages of 80 to 84 have a 30% chance of falling at home.

It appears that for the elderly living at home one-third to one-half tend to fall — or do fall — female, single, divorced or widowed have an increased rate of falling.

Complications of Falls

The complications of falls are numerous and significant.

Fear of falling can be a very real reason for loss of mobility in the elderly. After a few falls, some people become so frightened and anxious that they will not attempt to stand even when there is adequate help and support. Fractures of the hip or forearm are common results of falling.

Hip fractures carry high morbidity (health problems related to a disease or condition) because of prolonged immobility, surgical risks and functional disability, possibly related to hospitalization.

For more information call Around The Clock Medical Alarms at (877) 449-5566 or visit online.