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A Medic Alert Saves Young People Too!

I’m appropriate for a “Medic Alert?”

But, I’m not falling and I’m not old!

When you think about a “medic alert,” you typically think of an “elder person who is falling.”  This, of course, is because the industry has trained us to think that way!  (ie “Help!  …I can’t get up!”)

The following CDC statistics also supports that idea: 

  • 1 in 3 Seniors (65+) WILL FALL this year!  
  • 50% of those who fall CANNOT get back up….
  • Two-thirds of those that fall will do so again within 6 months.  
  • The chances of surviving a fall are 6 times greater IF the person is found within the hour.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.

With those scary statistics, therefore, it’s no wonder that we have reinforcement to confirm the thought that you have to be elderly AND falling to be appropriate for a “button.”  We ALL know that.  Right?  Right!

However, did you ever stop to think that you don’t have to be elderly and/or falling to be appropriate?  

The Leading Causes of Death are Fairly Consistent.

Did you know, for instance, that approximately 74% of all deaths in the United States occur as a result of only 10 causes? The 2019 data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that the main causes of death in the U.S. have remained fairly consistent. They are as follows:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Unintentional injuries (Accidents)
  4. Chronic lower respiratory disease
  5. Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases
  6. Alzheimer’s disease
  7. Diabetes
  8. Kidney disease
  9. Influenza and pneumonia
  10. Suicide

So, when you consider all of the above “causes of death,” you realize that most have no age requirement

At this point, let us take a moment to think about individuals in our lives who could potentially benefit from the peace of mind a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) provides. A medic alert SAVES LIVES!  

Unfortunately, Death Can Occur at Any Age.

Thus, our focus is on individuals who have health issues that would warrant immediate medical attention in an emergent situation — regardless of age!  In an emergency, therefore, being able to get help quickly could be the difference between life and death! 

Likewise, Medical Conditions Can Occur at Any Age.

Collectively, we can explore this sad, but true, fact. Unfortunately, we do not have to be old to be sick!

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women — in the U.S. and worldwide.

Cancer is a risk to everyone to a degree, but for most cancers, the risk will increase with age.

Accidents, or unintentional injuries, are the leading cause of death for those aged 1–44.

Chronic lower respiratory disease refers to a group of lung conditions that block the airflow and cause breathing-related issues. These diseases include:

  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • asthma

Cerebrovascular diseases develop due to problems with the blood vessels that supply the brain. The four most common cerebrovascular diseases are stroke, transient ischemic attack, or mini stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and vascular dementia.

Dementia refers to a group of conditions that cause a decline in cognitive function. This affects a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. In turn, this can lead to changes in memory, behavior, and the ability to think clearly. Alzheimers disease is just one type of dementia. Alzheimer’s is also the only cause of death in the top 10 that medical experts cannot cure, prevent, or slow down.

Diabetes is a condition wherein the body can no longer control blood glucose, which leads to dangerously high levels of blood glucose. This is called hyperglycemia. It can cause serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and the need for amputation of the lower extremities.

Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious viral infection. It is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Pneumonia, a serious condition that causes inflammation of the lungs, can cause complications in people who have the flu.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) causes kidney damage. Damaged kidneys cannot filter blood as well as healthy kidneys. As a result of this, waste from the blood remains in the body and may lead to other health problems.

When a person dies by suicide, they may or may not have lived with a mental health condition — such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder — for a long time. Sadly, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 years.

But, I’m Too Young to Need a Medic Alert!

Do you, or someone you know, have any of the aforementioned health conditions?  

After considering the fact that a medic alert system could help ANYONE at ANY AGE to maintain their safety AND independence, wouldn’t it would be ideal to put that protection in place? Remember, in closing, that EVEN IF YOU CANNOT SPEAK, you can get help simply by pushing your button!!!

Around the Clock Medical Alarms has been a medic alert system provider since 2012.  

In closing, let us help you, or someone you know — Around the Clock — regardless of age!

 

 

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: 2020 Torch Award

We are humbled…. Thank you!

Last week, we received the following note from a clients daughter — “BIG CONGRATS on your recent business award! You are the Best!” – Tammy S., daughter, MO

Today, we received this FaceBook post from the spouse of a previous client — “Congrats on your BBB Torch Award!  The community is better off with you and your organization in it. Thank you for setting a positive example for other business owners in the community and the willingness to set the bar with self regulations and taking care of your clients.  Cheers to much success for years to come!” – Ed W., husband, MO

In between, we received the following note from the daughter of another one of our clients — “My Father died November 18 this year and we are returning his medical alarm equipment to you. Thank you for the help and ease of mind your service provided while he was alive.” – Sarah O., daughter, Missouri

THIS is WHY we do what we do!

We are truly humbled to be a recipient of the 2020 TORCH Award from the Better Business Bureau!

https://www.bbb.org/us/mo/cpe-girardeau/profile/medical-alert-systems/around-the-clock-medical-alarms-0734-310488924

Let us help you to protect your aging, or ill, loved one(s) with a #MedicAlert system from AroundTheClockMedicalAlarms.com

If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Linda Bass Appeared On The Senior Care Industry Netcast with Valerie VanBooven RN BSN!

Episode 49 of the Senior Care Industry Netcast is live!

We were fortunate enough to have Linda Bass, https://www.aroundtheclockmedicalalarms.com, on our show and she offered some great insight and #advice for other #seniorcare and #healthcare providers.

 

About This Episode:

Meet Linda Bass

Linda Bass, Owner, Around the Clock Medical Alarms

Linda Bass, Owner, Around the Clock Medical Alarms

Around the Clock Medical Alarms – Nationwide!

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Full Transcript:

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

This is Valerie Vanbooven with the Senior Care Industry NetCast where leaders with three or more years of experience in the senior care industry share their advice. It’s six questions in nine minutes, so let’s get to it.

In a few sentences, tell us who you are and what you do?

Linda Bass:

Good morning. My name is Linda Bass. I am the owner of Around the Clock Medical Alarms. We are a nationwide provider of the PERS device, which is a personal emergency response service. Basically, it’s the button. We are here to help people to maintain their independence, to stay safe at home as long as they possibly can.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

I know you do a great job with that.

What is the best thing about serving seniors and their families?

Linda Bass:

I think the best thing that I get from my job is the ability to help individuals to maintain their independence, to age in place, to enable them to have the peace of mind that they can stay at home rather than feeling like their only option is to move in with their kids or go to a community.

Linda Bass:

Those things are good, but you know statistically people can live in their homes, on average, six years longer if they have a PERS device. It is very, very important for people to realize the benefit that the assurance they get, the ability to get help in an emergency situation, and it doesn’t necessarily only have to be lights and sirens. It could be they don’t feel good and they want their kids to come check on them.

Linda Bass:

Rather than risk standing to get to a phone to call someone for help and risk falling, they can set where they’re at, push their button and our response center would get that help that they need.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

I can personally attest to this because my husband’s mother had a PERS device for years and years, and I will tell you that if she hadn’t had that she would have been in assisted living or nursing home care a lot sooner.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Now she’s 86 years old and she is in a nursing home. She has severe mobility issues now, but she was at home with her necklace or her wristband on, and I can say she probably used it over those years maybe three or four times. But those three or four times kept her from having a serious injury, serious fall.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

In a couple of cases, she did need to go to the emergency room, but it wasn’t anything that couldn’t be fixed, and we were so glad that she had a way to get a hold of Charlie’s sister or us or someone to come over and check on her. They really are lifesavers.

Linda Bass:

Absolutely.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

All right. Let’s switch gears for a second and talk a little bit about online marketing because you have a nationwide business, and you have a website and folks can go to your website, which we will put with your video, your interview here, so people can locate you and talk to you about whatever it is that they have questions about. I understand that online marketing can be challenging. We know it’s ever changing.

What has been your experience or your thoughts with online marketing?

Linda Bass:

Well, to sum it up, my grandmother was born in 1909 and she was proverbially always giving words of wisdom, tidbits. One of her favorite things that she said whenever things were just overwhelming was that you had to be a Philadelphia lawyer to understand how to make that operate or to make it work. I feel like that is absolutely true because the rules are constantly changing.

Linda Bass:

My expertise is not in trying to market my business. My expertise is to help people to realize that we’re an option, and to be able to enabling them to get our service so that they can be protected, so that they can get the help they need. To advertise is very important for any business, I don’t care who you are, but it’s difficult to know all the rules and all the guidelines. As I said, you got to be a Philadelphia lawyer.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah, you do. It’s definitely one of those things where you really want to… You’re an expert at what you do, and we need experts like you everywhere to help people stay in their homes longer. But to be an expert on online marketing is a whole nother full time job, for sure.

Linda Bass:

Absolutely, and kudos to those who have the knowledge and the expertise to do that.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Okay. Let’s talk about your experience and folks that have maybe made an impression on your career or your life. I’m sure there are other folks out there, whether they’re in the industry or maybe your parents, grandparents, or organizations that you just feel like do a really good job.

Is there anybody you’d like to give a shout out to?

Linda Bass:

Well, I think we’re all a product of our experiences. In 1972, I was six years old and my mother passed away. My grandparents on my dad’s side stepped up and actually took me on to raise. They were both retired and that was unheard of back then. It’s pretty common today. However, back then it was not.

Linda Bass:

As a result of that, my experience with my upbringing and my ability to understand what families go through, it was learned at a very early age. They taught me things that I could never repay them for the knowledge that they instilled in me and the values. But they also enabled me to realize that my calling in life is to help older folks because that’s what I’ve done all my life.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Nice.

Linda Bass:

I think that that is where we all learn from past experiences that it makes us who we are. My grandparents helped me to become a person that I am so glad because, honestly, I was born in a big city and I was taken away from that environment and put on a 120 acre farm in the middle of nowhere.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah.

Linda Bass:

Going back to visit friends as I was growing up in that city. I remember one visit with a girl that was my best friend and I was probably about 11 or 12 years old. I went to visit her, ran up to her. She was having a pool party in the backyard. She had an above ground pool and she looked at me and she smoked on a cigarette and looked me up and down and said, “Oh yeah. I remember you.”

Linda Bass:

I felt so uncomfortable, and I looked at my sister-in- law and I said, “Well, it’s nice seeing you again,” and I walked away and as we were walking down the driveway, I looked at my sister-in-law and I said, “I think, Barbara, you need to take me back to the farm.” Because it was an entirely different situation, and I know that had I been left in that environment, I would be a totally different person than I am today.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

You know what? I totally agree. You know what? There’s something to be said about the 120 acre farm. It’s a lot of hard work.

Linda Bass:

Cows, chickens, pigs, horses, we had them all. Garden, we had it all.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

We live in a very suburban community, but our school district is a farming community and the girls are just mesmerized. I mean, we live in a small, very small school district with lots and lots of farms and kids that are raised on farms a lot of them out here. I always tell them, you need to go to somebody’s house and learn what this is like because it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s so rewarding. This is a great life.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Anyway, I love it that you were raised on a farm. I think that’s amazing. I was the little city girl, but I would go to my grandmother’s house in Kentucky and city girl was afraid of bugs and afraid of everything outside. I got a lot of ribbing for that because I was afraid of bugs.

Linda Bass:

Right.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah. I love farm life. All right. What piece of advice would you give to other senior care providers out there?

Linda Bass:

Well, I think the main thing that I would like to relay is that we are in this together and our goal is to help senior populous, or those that are ill, to be able to maintain their independence, to stay safe, to live their life in their homes and with the quality of life that they deserve, and integrity.

Linda Bass:

What I would ask is that we work together. When we are with our clients or we hear something that our client says to us regarding a change in their health, or ask them, “Do you need extra assistance? What kind of things do you think you would be in need of?” And relay that to their families, because a lot of times we can be a trusted advisor, but we can also be a confidant.

Linda Bass:

If we reach out to our customers when we are able to speak with them, listen to what they say, help them to be able to find the resources that are available because there’s a lot of resources out there. Enable them to trust you. Don’t go tattletale to their family, but reach out to their family and just express your concern and tell them, I don’t want to break this trust because we want future communication between the two of us also.

Linda Bass:

That will enable them to have a better life and a better quality of life, and to enable them to get the help they need rather than waiting until it’s too late. A lot of times they won’t tell anybody, not even their doctor, even if they have a fall. If there’s not visible signs, they’re not going to tell anybody. But if you have that relationship with that individual and they trust you, they will talk to you. Listen, and then share that and forward that on so that they can get the help they need.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Very good advice, and I love the advice of sharing resources. Because, for instance, a home care agency has a lot of clients that probably would benefit from introducing a personal emergency response system. If they want to keep that client at home and in home care, having that device available and on that person is probably the best idea ever.

Linda Bass:

Absolutely.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Because that’ll keep them in home care, but also keep them at home.

Linda Bass:

Right. Well, the thing is, is that a medical alert can be an extension of that home care service because they are there 24/7 with that person when your caregiver is not. If Mrs. Smith has an event, say she falls and her family is aware that she fell or the home care agency itself can be a responder and be notified. If you are aware of that situation, then you can be more proactive in their care. You can assist them, because it may be that that person has a urinary tract infection and they just need an antibiotic.

Linda Bass:

But if they fall and they do not have any signs of that, they don’t have any bruising or anything and visible to the caregiver, and the caregiver is not aware, if she falls later because the progression of that UTI, she would then possibly lose her independence. Because if something happens like that and she gets hurt, her family’s going to say, “Well, that’s not going to happen again,” they yank them a lot of times.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah.

Linda Bass:

Collaboratively, we can help them to be able to be proactive rather than reactive to the care of those individuals, and we’re there when they’re not. It’s a wonderful relationship, and we do work with agencies in that regard, but I’m trying to help people to realize that that is very important, that they need advocates everywhere.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah. Absolutely, and I’m glad you said UTI because I will say that the biggest challenges that I saw with Charlie’s mom and some of the things that happened there was when she got a UTI, for whatever reason, that was the biggest challenge. That’s the moment she couldn’t get up out of bed by herself. That’s the moment that she fell. Those are the things that… Because it took a toll on her joints. I know people get confused as well when they get a UTI, and it’s not really apparent as to what’s wrong, but something that simple to fix could easily be the reason that they’re falling.

Linda Bass:

Right.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

I don’t know how else to explain it, but it would really affect her joints, that UTI, terribly. She would have a hard time with mobility on top of her other issues with mobility.

Linda Bass:

Right. Right. It just adds fuel to the fire, unfortunately. Again, awareness, being proactive, looking and trying to listen and make sure that they deserve the best quality care that they can, and we can help together to be able to assist them in that regard.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. All right. My last question is supposed to be a fun one.

Linda Bass:

Okay.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

When you have a win in life, and that could be anything. It could be a marriage, it could be a new baby in the family, it could be a birthday, or it could be that you just know today, you helped somebody.

How do you like to celebrate?

Linda Bass:

Typically what I do is a no cook Friday.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah. I’m going to use that.

Linda Bass:

We go to our favorite restaurant, and we like a Mexican restaurant here in town, and go and just enjoy the food. Of course, with COVID, it’s been a little difficult to do, but that is really my go to. Just to relax and have a margarita and not have to cook. That’s always win/win.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Right. No cook Monday through Friday.

Linda Bass:

Any day that ends in day.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah. No cook Friday. That’s a good one. I haven’t had that one before. I’ve had martinis.

Linda Bass:

Hopefully, that could become a trend.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah, I’ve had martinis. I’ve had all kinds of dancing but no cook Friday.

Linda Bass:

No cook Friday. Bring on the celebration.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

All right. Yeah. Okay. That’s good. Well, I want to thank you for being on the show and for helping us learn more about what you do and that you’re nationwide and that we’ll make sure your website’s, like I said, available if folks are wanting to know more about what a personal emergency response system is, and you showed us your necklace.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

I’m sure most people have seen the commercial with the necklace or the bracelet. They also can be very pretty now. I know that a lot of people will say, “Oh, well, you know.” But they have some really pretty necklaces to go with them now. I mean, they can be a fashion statement like they didn’t use to be.

Linda Bass:

Absolutely. Absolutely.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

I will make sure everybody has your information, so thank you, Linda. We appreciate it.

Linda Bass:

Thank you. Appreciate it.

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5 Home Safety Tips for Recent Surgery Patients

Recovery after surgery is vital and ensuring safety post-operation is a critical step. Preparing the home and taking a few precautions will be a lifeline for those who have recently been discharged from the hospital. Here are five tips.

Tips for Recovering Safely After Surgery

1. Stock Up

Whether you will be on a restricted diet after your procedure or you will have limited mobility, a stocked freezer and pantry will help. Prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them, and make sure to have nonperishable staples in the cupboard, so you have plenty of options. Good nutrition is vital for your recovery, making a well-stocked kitchen a top step.

2. Consider Home Care

You may need help with a variety of tasks after surgery, from bathing to changing bandages. Look into a home caregiver or visiting nurse who can assist with certain necessities in the few days after you get home. Always set up the first appointment before you leave the hospital, so there is no gap in care.

3. Stay on the First Floor

lifelineIf your home has multiple levels, move onto the first floor for the duration of your recovery. Set up a sleeping area, so you don’t have to go up and down stairs, and make sure to have easy access to essentials like a bathroom.

4. Boost Safety

Remove clutter, so there is nothing in your way that can cause falls or injuries, especially if moving about is more difficult post-surgery. Set up nightlights for moving in the dark, and wear slippers, flat shoes, or socks with non-skid grips on the bottom to reduce slip risks. Also, consider adding a shower seat and handrails in the bathroom for extra safety, as well as lifeline equipment like medical alert necklaces in case something happens while you are alone.

5. Ask About Limitations

Speak with your doctor to learn what you can and can’t do, and how long you must wait to return to your regular activity. Ask about driving, traveling, and returning to work. Also, find out about possible side effects to watch for and what to do if you feel them, such as fever, pain, nausea, dizziness, and lethargy.

If you or a loved one has recently been released from the hospital after surgery, you want to ensure safety at all costs. That is where Around the Clock Medical Alarms in Cape Girardeau, MO, comes in. Their goal is to help individuals stay secure and independent in their own space by way of their medical alarm systems. These personal items are small and waterproof but have a range the size of three football fields to guarantee you have a lifeline when you need it most. Their knowledgeable team also provides 24-hour customer service, so you have a friendly, personal emergency response system any time of day. Call (573) 334-7233 for more on their medical alert bracelets and necklaces, or visit their website for more on their productsimage

 

A Guide to Being a Productive Caregiver

As you reach adulthood, there may come a time when an aging parent will need daily assistance to enjoy a healthy and comfortable life. Becoming a caregiver for a sick or elderly loved one can require habit changes and the adoption of medical alarms and life alert systems when you’re away. For those individuals transitioning into a caregiver role, here’s some helpful information so you can be successful and supportive. 

Understanding How to Be a Great Caregiver

What Roles & Responsibilities Will You Take on Caring for a Sick or Elderly Parent?

Caregivers for senior citizens may be called upon to assist with a variety of tasks. While your general roles and responsibilities can change based on your loved one’s health, most caregivers will schedule doctor’s visits, pay bills, pick up and manage medication, provide light housekeeping,  plan meals and exercise, do laundry, and help with grooming needs such as brushing hair and dressing.

cape-Girardeau-medical-alarmWhen entering a caregiver relationship with an aging loved one, it’s important to maintain open, honest, and respectful lines of communication. Set boundaries as necessary so you don’t feel overwhelmed by their dependence on you. When necessary, seek support and outside assistance from professional organizations that can offer tips and product recommendations that will make your caregiver responsibilities easier.  

What Tools Can You Embrace for Safety & Peace of Mind?

Whether you live with your senior loved one or you keep a separate home, ensuring their living spaces are safe should be a top priority. Inspect their room and communal areas to identify any problems or hazards that could lead to injury or slips and falls. Investing in a medical alarm that they can push if they need immediate assistance is highly recommended. Medical alert necklaces, medical alarms, and life alert systems that include reminder calls confirm your senior loved one always has immediate access to medical care when needed. These tools, as well as grab bars for sitting and standing transitions, medication organizers, and nonslip rugs and mats can give you added peace of mind and promote a safe and convenient home for your aging parent.

If you’re a caregiver looking for ways to keep your loved one safe, Around the Clock Medical Alarms has you covered. Based in Cape Girardeau, MO, this family-oriented company specializes in waterproof medical alarms, life alert systems, and medical alert necklaces, so clients always have access to medical care with the push of a button. With 24-hour customer support and prompt responders who provide help in a matter of seconds, these tools will give you the peace of mind you’re looking for. To discuss their products, call today at (573) 334-7233. For more information on their company history and to read testimonials from satisfied customers, visit their website

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Top 3 Reasons to Spend Time with the Grandkids this Summer

Summer Fun has Just Begun!

The grandkids are out of school and looking for fun in the sun. Just because  they are out of school, doesn’t mean they should take a break from learning about the world and their place in it.  What better way for them to learn than from their elder family members – who have the most experience at life?

The benefits of sharing time together, to both grandkids and grandparents,  is overwhelmingly positive! It has been found that spending time with “the grands” can help to foster the following:  increased socialism through active lifestyle, boosts to morale and cognition, as well as ultimately strengthening the bond of families.

1.  Increased Socialization through Active Lifestyle

When you participate in activities to entertain and teach your children’s children, you, undoubtedly, increase your own activity.  Regardless of whether you are taking them to the park or zoo, making cookies or crafts, or playing games, such as hide and seek, you are reducing your sedentary tendencies by decreasing inactivity.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Having an inactive lifestyle can be one of the causes of many chronic diseases. By not getting regular exercise, you raise your risk of

Having a sedentary lifestyle can also raise your risk of premature death. And the more sedentary you are, the higher your health risks are.”

Additionally, Silver Maples of Chelsea, a retirement neighborhood, noted “while exercise is extremely important for a high quality of life, the connections you make with others and the relationships you continue to build also have a major impact on your overall wellness.” Therefore, the benefit of exercising and socializing are important to our health and wellbeing, regardless of our age, but especially to the senior populous.

2. Boosts to Morale and Cognition

Taking care of your physical health can benefit your mental health!  Who knew that doing activities with our grandchildren, as well as with others, could help us to maintain healthy bodies and minds? 

This fact is further supported by the National Institute of Aging, when they indicated that “Connecting with other people through social activities and community programs can keep your brain active and help you feel less isolated and more engaged with the world around you. Participating in social activities may lower the risk for some health problems and improve well-being.

So, visit with family and friends. Join programs through your Area Agency on Aging, senior center, or other community organizations.

We don’t know for sure yet if any of these actions can prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease and age–related cognitive decline. But some of them have been associated with reduced risk of cognitive impairment and dementia.”

Additionally, according to the National Institute on Aging, “people who engage in meaningful, productive activities with others tend to live longer, boost their mood, and have a sense of purpose.” (Yet another affirmation of how our relationships with our grandchildren, and others, help us to live longer, healthier, lives!)

3. Strengthening the Bond of Families

Finally, Rudy Giuliani said it best when he said, “What children need the most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, and lessons in life.”

In closing, the following link, https://considerable.com/100-things-to-do-with-your-grandchild-th/, gives ideas for 100 things to do with your grandchild this summer. (This article originally appeared on grandparents.com) In the words of Considerable.com, “Get ready to have some fun in the sun. There’s something for every grandparent and grandchild on our list of oh-so-simple summer activities.”

Enjoy the summer, create memories with those grandchildren, and be safeimage

 

Reasons to Adopt a PERS Emergency Alert Device

PERS device—a personal emergency response system—is a medical alert bracelet, necklace, or mobile monitor that allows you to summon help in an emergency even if you can’t reach your phone. Many devices have additional features tailored to meet particular needs. Here’s why a PERS device may benefit you.

You Live Alone

If you share a home, you can call out for help when you need it. However, if you live alone, or if the people in your household are away most of the day, an emergency alert system helps you stay secure while alone and maintain independence. It summons help in any emergency, including break-ins, fires, medical complications, falls, and injuries.

Need Help to Stay Active

PERSIf fear of falling or mobility or vision issues keep you at home, PERS devices will give you the security you need to venture out. They continue to operate when you’re running errands, visiting a doctor, or socializing with friends. They’re equipped with GPS to help loved ones and emergency personnel find you. If you have an emergency while you’re away from home or get lost or stranded, an emergency response center will help you make it safely home.

Require Health Management

Many PERS devices also include alarms and monitoring features to track health conditions. They may monitor your heart rate, respiration, and activity levels, alerting you when it’s time for medication or when you’re experiencing a dangerous arrhythmia. The device will not only inform you but also send a message to a loved one or an emergency response team about your condition.

 

If you need the lifeline a PERS device offers, call Around the Clock Medical Alarms in Cape Girardeau, MO. They supply equipment and devices to clients across the country to facilitate 24/7 access to emergency medical dispatch (EMD) teams and trained and certified response specialists. Call (573) 334-7233 to speak to a representative, or visit their website to learn more about how they save lives.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

‘Cheers’ from our family to yours!  

Go ahead and admit it…. Momma knows best!  In other words, typically, she is right and you are wrong! However, if you’re concerned about her home safety, and she refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem, then you might actually be right! 

Are you considering a PERS (personal emergency response system), medical alert necklace, or emergency button? We can help! We can give the gift of “peace of mind“ to you both! 

Please give us a call at 877-449-5566 or visit online.  Around the Clock Medical Alarms. Hometown Response. Nationwide Coverageimage

 

Does your loved one need guidance?

Formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, “Aging Life Care is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing health challenges. The Aging Life Care Professional is a health and human services specialist who is a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for an older relative or disabled adult. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals™ provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers.”

This profession is a wonderful resource to families, as they try to navigate the maze to elder care services.  As our society continues to age, it’s importance will only increase in value.

Aging Life Care Professionals are trained in various fields related to long-term care. These can include, but are not limited to the following:

  •  counseling
  •  gerontology
  • mental health
  • nursing
  •  occupational therapy
  • psychology
  • social work
  •  and other allied health professions, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging.

Do you currently feel that your aging loved one is at a point and time in their lives, where they are a potential candidate for assistance? Are you struggling to find resources available for them?  If so, visit “Find an Aging Life Care Expert.”  to locate an Aging Life Care Professional in your area.

Additionally, if a personal emergency response system, (also know as a “PERS” or “medic alert”), could be of benefit, please call  us at 877-449-5566 or visit online. Remember – even when home care or family caregivers aren’t with them – a medical alarm system can get help for your loved one(s) 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year! Around the Clock!!!

 

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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. 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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