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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.

Why Around the Clock?

Around the Clock Medical Alarms state of the art compact unit design is sleek and attractive to fit anywhere in your home.

Equipment made in the USA. We are the only company that manufactures and monitors our own equipment in America. Our advanced unit is the first in the industry to be fully compatible with standard, VoIP, cable and magic jack phone systems.

Automatic Testing. Our advanced and cellular units automatically call into our response center every seven days to notify us everything is working properly. Also, if the unit loses phone connection our monitoring center will be notified.

Battery Monitoring.The advanced and cellular units have a 90 hour backup battery system in the event a home loses power.

Speaker/Microphone. The advanced and cellular units provide the best sound quality in the industry today and is able to communicate with a senior anywhere in a home smaller than 3000sq feet.

Again, why Around the Clock?

  • Free equipment
  • Fixed price/never an increase
  • Lifetime warranty on all equipment
  • Easy setup (plug in phone/plug in power)
  • Light weight button can be worn in the shower or tub
  • EMD trained care specialists monitor calls 24 hours a day
  • Free intruder protection
  • A+ rating with Better Business Bureau
  • Monitored/Made in the USA
  • Our systems allow you to remain independent in the comfort of your home while having the peace of mind knowing that help will be there when you need it most.

Who Is At Risk?

One out of three Americans age 65 or older fall at least once a year. The chances of surviving a fall are six times greater if you are found within one hour.

3 million Americans sustain disabling injuries in or around their home each year.

350,000 Americans die from heart attacks each year because they don’t get help immediately.

Every minute that a stroke victim goes unattended, the chance of permanent disability or death increases dramatically.

IF YOU SPEND TIME ALONE!

An emergency can happen to ANYONE at anytime! If you’re unable to reach a phone, it could be hours or days before needed attention is received.

With a medical alarm system, emergency, police and fire personnel, as well as your friends and family, are just the push of a button away.

The Return of the Purple Martins

Springtime….  The flowers bloom, the trees bud, and the winds swell with anticipation.  Excitement builds as the outside temperatures are allowing folks to be able to go outside – without a heavy coat!  Doors and windows are opened wide to release the “cabin-fever” and the gentle rains wash away the remnants the previous winter.

For farmers and country people, it signifies “breaking the land” in preparation of planting their gardens and crops.  It is a time of renewal.  As of St. Patrick’s Day, many have already planted their potatoes.

To me, however, the absolute sign to indicate the arrival of spring is the first song heard from the purple martin – returning from their winter’s hiatus.

“Dad’s birds” (aka: purple martins) always arrive around the same time of year, the same time when a family lost the head of their household.  Following a 21-month cancer battle, Dad lost his fight.  However, within two weeks of his death, came the return of his birds….

For all caregivers, the utmost concern is that your loved one, who is ill or aged, has the ability to have the best quality of life possible — regardless.  During those endless days of caring for their needs, a caregiver is subject to a tremendous amount of stress.  Even a trip to the bank, grocery store, or pharmacy to pick up medication is a mad dash to get back in record time.  The fear is that “something will happen and I have to get back home!”  Thus, rational thinking becomes irrational….

With that being said, it is with absolute assurance that there is a way to reduce caregiver stress — an Around the Clock Medical Alarms System.  Their EMD Certified Response Center is there 24/7, 365 to get help:  Any day, any time, any reason.  Give them a call at 573-334-SAFE (7233) or visit online at 334SAFE.com

Although many changes have occurred since the spring of tremendous loss, one constant is the return of “Dad’s birds.”  They return to welcome yet another season of life anew.  Life has challenges, but we can endure the journey — just like the birds that fly thousands of miles twice yearly to return to their “winter” & “summer” homes.

Rejoice in the past, enjoy the present, and anticipate the future.

Help. Any Time. Any Day. Any Reason.

Did you know that 1 of every 3 seniors, aged 65 or older, will have a fall this year? Do you know that 80% of all falls occur within, or in a close proximity of, a person’s home? Have you (or someone you know) fallen and laid there for hours or days, unable to get help?

These questions give great concern to the mother / daughter, “sandwich generation” caregiver, owner of Around the Clock Medical Alarms.

In 1972, her mother died and she was “adopted” by her retired grandparents. This situation is more prevalent in todays’ society, but was unheard of at that time.

As the primary caregiver for her grandparents, she lived the same challenges that families face today in helping to care for their aging loved ones.

She has worked her entire adult life in the medical field by working in various capacities in hospital settings and medical offices, was owner of Comfort Keepers in Cape Girardeau for five years, and was the marketing representative for two local hospice agencies. It is obvious she has a special affinity for the elderly.

“I know that I worried when my grandparents did not answer the telephone, because my mind always went to the unthinkable…”

In 2012, her father-in-law suffered from COPD and heart issues. Again, she found herself facing many of those same fears, because he was alone during the day. “What if…worried me!”

After exploring the local options available, she found that none could meet her dads’ needs. Due to the size of the pendant, she knew he would not wear it. Additionally, she found that some providers have limited service areas. “That is when I decided to explore other options and eventually started Around the Clock Medical Alarms. I needed to feel security that Dad was okay to be alone while I was at work. A medical alarm could help me to feel better about that situation.”

According to Ruth Dockins, public information director at Aging Matters, (formerly Southeast Missouri Area Agency of Aging), “If you live alone or are concerned about elderly loved ones who still live at home, a medical alert system is worth taking seriously. The thing I would look for is one where you didn’t have to sign a contract”, she says. “One where you can pay on a monthly basis and there is no contract and no hookup fees. One where I could just bring it into the house and turn it on. I would want one that was answered by a live person.”

Around the Clock Medical Alarms was the answer for both women!   Additionally, since Around the Clock Medical Alarms is a nationwide provider, they can help anyone, anywhere in the U.S., and have rate plans to meet any budget. No contract means that it can be used on a short-term basis – even post-operatively!

“No one has a time ticker or crystal ball.  So, how can an elderly or ill person be asked to commit to a 3 year contract? That is just unreasonable!” In conclusion, “My goal is to help provide my clients (and their families) peace of mind knowing that help is available at the push of a button – anytime, day or night – Around the Clock – 24/7, 365.”

The Gift of Your Time

The secret of aging well is exercise and eating right, as everyone knows. Right? Right! Additionally, socialization with others, especially family, is an equally important component to a long, happy life.

As we approach the season where we celebrate the most important aged people in our lives, our parents, we must realize that cards, flowers, or phone calls cannot measure or even compare to the gift of our time.

Loneliness takes a toll on our seniors. In a June 18, 2012 study by the University of California, San Francisco (USFC), it was found that people (60+) who report feeling lonely, have a 45% increased risk for death. Isolated individuals have nearly a 60% increased risk of both mental and physical decline than those who are more social. (1) These statistics are pretty dismal, don’t you think?

Quite often, elder adults live with loneliness and become isolated, because they reject socialization invitations. What a great opportunity to visit with them than on Mother’s and/or Father’s Day! Who needs an invite?

While you are at their home, make the most of your visit…. Think of ways to reminisce about the past to engage them. There are any number of ways to do things together that will combat their feelings of loneliness, depression, and isolation, which is common in the elder populous. Have a plan! Consider the following ideas to spend time with your parents:

1. Coordinate a Family Reunion

Due to the mobility of our society, many families find that their adult children move away for education or employment opportunities. This factor, in and of itself, causes people to not be able to visit as much as previous generations. As our elder loved ones age, they are doing so without immediate family living near to care for them. Capitalize on the opportunity to coordinate a reunion of the kids, grandkids, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Have a BBQ to share a meal and enjoy one another’s company! How long has it been since your enjoyed Aunt Alice’s Chocolate Pie or playing Pinochle with Uncle Rupert until the wee hours of the morning? Too long!

2. Do a Project Together

Want to learn how mom cans your favorite salsa or pear preserves? Need to get basic instructions of how dad builds those windmills for the yard, which he has given to everyone in town? Need to help them clear the clutter, gutter, or garage? Many times, our elder loved ones will appreciate the ability to share their wisdom. Others may appreciate the help to get a chore done. Many times, age and medical conditions can cause them to not be able to accomplish things as they once could.

3. Plant a Patio “Bucket Garden”

Tomatoes, potatoes, and lettuce can easily be grown in large containers on the patio. Help your parents (or grandparents) to establish this food source “hobby” that will remind them of you long after your visit.

4. Share New Technologies with Them

Many older adults are not technologically savvy. Perhaps you can help to teach them how to us an iPhone or iPad? Perhaps you can educate them on Skype or Facebook? It might also help them to learn how to operate their TV Remote — that has “way too many buttons”…

Many things that are commonplace for us, and our children, are completely unknown to our older loved ones. Let the grandkids have an active role in the education process — it will bring the two generations closer together! Plus, it generates another means of communication between you and them.

5. Follow-up and Keep in Touch

After the holidays, we return to our routine. It is easy to slip back into the “daily grind” and to relapse into the previous “day-to-day way of life.” Make a concerted effort to keep sharing your time with your loved ones. Plan the NEXT visit — Stay Connected!

If you notice changes in your loved one and they are now “alarm appropriate,” let us Help!

Remember the following jewel: “Few decisions are more important than how to care for those you love….”

(1) UCSF, Leland Kim, June 18, 2012