Archive for October, 2012

Senior Driving Safety

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Getting older does not have to mean that your driving days are over. If you plan ahead and take certain preventative steps, you can continue driving long into your senior years. The first thing you should do is understand how aging affects driving and know the warning signs of when it would be unsafe to drive.

This resource outlines these key points and provides more information on maximizing safety on the road.

AAA has a website dedicated to senior driving that has all sorts of tools to help you and your loved ones, including information on licensing laws in your state, an online driving evaluation and a resource to help understand how medications can impact driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also provides some helpful resources, including how to adapt motor vehicles for older drivers.

While these resources can help you prepare, if you ever feel uncomfortable driving or believe it may not be safe, the best thing to do is have someone else drive or take another form of transportation.

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LifeStation Customer Survey Results

Friday, October 12th, 2012

We recently conducted our annual customer survey and wanted to share some of the results:

Over 90% of respondents were highly likely to recommend LifeStation to a friend with the average rating of all respondents being 9.2 out of 10. We remain pleased that overall our customers are satisfied with our service but we remain committed to continually improving.

Quality of care received from Care Specialist: 95% Excellent/Very good. We hope that you never need to push your emergency help button in an emergency. However, we take particular pride in our UL Listed Monitoring Center and believe that this is the most important part of our medical alert systems and we are gratified that the quality of this service meets all of our high expectations.

Lockboxes are our most popular accessory. Almost 90% of our customers who have a lockbox are satisfied with this product. We are working on simplifying the instructions on using your lockbox to try and improve this number.

The three most important reasons for choosing LifeStation are:

  • Confidence in the Monitoring Center (Important or Very Important to 97% of customers). We couldn’t agree more.
  • Courteousness of phone agent (94%). This is great to hear. While our sales associates are clearly trying to sell our service, we do not want customers that don’t understand what they are buying or who feel pressured into buying our service. We encourage potential customers to read testimonials, do research and consult with loved ones before making a purchase.
  • Ability to cancel at any time (94.3). We still don’t understand why anyone would be a service for a senior that locks you into a long-term contract.

Not all survey results are positive. One common complaint was the look of the LifeStation help button. Good news, we will soon be getting a new shipment of buttons and they are definitely nicer-looking than the current buttons.

Our favorite part is reading the comments from our customers.

  • “I have worked in customer service for most of my career, therefore I expect excellent customer service or I am not happy. Your customer service team has been nothing but helpful, courteous and professional!”
  • “So far we have been very satisfied. My mother has not had to use it in an emergency but accidently set it off while moving bags of mulch. She was in the back yard and they couldn’t reach her by phone or could she hear the system. The company called emergency personnel and called me…it was a few terrifying minutes for me since I live in another city, but I was able to send someone to the house. The emergency personnel were very nice about the mistake and laughed about it and said — at least you know it works. She has since moved the necklace to her back when she is carrying mulch.”
  • “After a storm which left us without power I was pleased to get calls and emails to be sure we were ok.”

Thanks to our loyal customers for this great feedback.

Tips For Keeping Your Feet Healthy

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

We all know how staying active helps you stay healthy, however, what happens when you can’t stay active? Being able to walk around and exercise starts with your feet. When your feet don’t receive the level of attention that they need, you can start to run into problems and develop chronic conditions. We found a few resources that can help keep your feet healthy.

Our first resource is from Footzone Podiatrists and provides general tips on keeping your feet healthy.

Another resource we found is catered towards those who are more physically active. Athletes and individuals who consistently partake in athletic activities should pay attention to these tips.

We’ve all heard that wearing high heels are bad for your feet; however, there are certain things you can do to help negate these effects. Check out these ten tips to help keep your feet happy and healthy, even in heels.

The most important points to take away from all of these resources are to keep your feet clean and dry, wear the proper footwear, check your feet everyday and most importantly, if there is a problem, treat it or get help immediately.