Archive for the ‘medical alert’ Category

Domino’s delivers…medical alert services

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

We were struck by this story on NBC’s Today Show about a pizza delivery woman who came to the rescue of one of her elderly customers. Jean Wilson had ordered a pepperoni pizza every day from a Domino’s restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee. When she hadn’t called in for a few days, Domino’s delivery woman, Susan Guy, got worried and went to check on Ms. Wilson. There was no answer at the house and none of Ms. Wilson’s neighbors had seen her in recent days, so Ms. Guy called 911. Police broke down the door and found Ms. Wilson on the floor. She had fallen a few days earlier and couldn’t get to the phone. Ms. Wilson was hospitalized, but fortunately her injuries aren’t life threatening.

Jean Wilson’s story illustrates why a medical alert system is so important for seniors living at home alone. She was fortunate that her injuries weren’t more serious and that Susan Guy is such a concerned and compassionate person, a real hero. It’s a wonderful story because it looks like everything is going to be okay in the end, but seniors and their loved ones should also consider it a cautionary tale.

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MetLife releases valuable free aging-in-place assessment

Friday, November 19th, 2010

MetLife Aging in Place WorkbookMetLife, the insurance giant, has a very helpful new downloadable workbook that helps seniors and their caregivers assess what types of adjustments and assistance are needed so that seniors can age in place in their own homes. The company’s Aging in Place Workbook covers several important areas including:

  • Care needs
  • Home safety as a care setting
  • Home modifications considerations
  • Developing a care plan
  • Deciding if your home is a suitable care setting
  • Alternative care settings
  • Making necessary adjustments

The document discusses important assistive technologies including medical alert systems (also known as Personal Emergency Response Systems):

“If you live alone or are alone much of the time you may want to think about a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) so that you can call for help in the event of an emergency.”

The workbook is available now on MetLife’s Mature Market Institute web site.

Save on LifeStation for National Family Caregivers Month

Monday, November 8th, 2010

$2 per month offOn all orders placed through the end of November, you can get $2 off per month on your LifeStation medical alert service in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month. Enter code CG2010 at checkout.

Good Advice from Hawaii: Fending off Falls

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Hawaii has a large senior population, which is no wonder. Why not spend your golden years in paradise? The Honolulu Star Advertiser, Hawaii’s largest news service, just ran a helpful 2-part series on how seniors can prepare their houses and your body to reduce the risk of falls.

Sure, there’s some advice is pretty specific to Hawaii residents, most of us aren’t likely be harvesting lychees and mangos, but most of the advice will apply to any senior, no matter where they live.

Risk factors for falls

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Several news outlets recently reported on a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that studied the risk factors for falling among seniors. Approximately 40% of people aged 65 or older fall each year. Whereas most studies just look at falls indoors, this report looked at falls that occur both inside and outside of your home.

Here’s a brief summary of the study’s findings:

  • Risk factors for indoor falls included being female, older age, inactive lifestyle, disability, having lower cognitive function, taking more medications, and overall poorer health.
  • Risk factors for outdoor falls included being male, being younger and more physically active, having more education, and having average or better-than-average health.
  • Among all the falls that were recorded, 9.5% resulted in serious injury, including 10.2% of indoor falls and 9% of outdoor falls.
  • The majority of outdoor falls occurred on hard concrete surfaces, including sidewalks, streets, curbs, outdoors stairs, and parking lots.
  • Fourteen percent of outdoor falls occurred in yards or gardens.

From this list, it’s clear that we’re all at some risk of falling: you’re either male or female, younger or older, active or inactive, healthy or not. The key is to make sure that when you fall, you can get help as quickly as possible.

LifeStation’s medical alert system works inside and around your house. As soon as you press the LifeStation button, our monitoring center is notified. If we are unable to communicate with you, we’ll immediately put your personalized emergency plan into action.

To ensure that help is available if you fall, always wear your help button when you’re at home. Also consider installing inexpensive bathroom and hallway buttons around your home.

LifeStation Tip: Update Your Emergency Contact List

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Is your emergency contact list up to date? The list contains the phone numbers of the people whom you would like LifeStation’s Care Specialists to contact in case of an emergency. In addition to EMS, the list will include family members, neighbors and friends who you want notified. Has someone moved recently and changed their number? Did they recently get a new cell phone number?

To review your list and make updates, call LifeStation Customer Support at (877) 833-2020. We’re always ready to help.

LifeStation Tip: You Can Take It With You

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Going away for the Labor Day holiday weekend? Take your LifeStation Help Button and console with you so you can enjoy the same peace of mind that you have at home, knowing that aid is just a button press away. (Make sure to also pack up your power plug and phone cord.) When you get to your destination, call LifeStation Customer Support at 877-833-2020 to let us know your new address and phone number.

LifeStation Tip: Test Your Console

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Don’t wait until a real emergency to find out that someone accidentally disconnected your LifeStation’s power or telephone cord. Test your LifeStation console each month by pressing your help button. When the LifeStation Care Specialist responds, just tell her that you’re testing your system.

Blogging for seniors and their loved ones

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Welcome to the LifeStation blog.

Why a blog? LifeStation’s goal is to help more seniors live independently at home. Our medical alert system is a big part of making that happen, providing peace of mind that help is just a button press away. But to stay independent, seniors need to take care of their physical, emotional and mental health and safety, so we created this blog to share news and tips for seniors and their loved ones. Of course you’ll find tips for using your LifeStation system most effectively, but you’ll also find links to interesting, poignant and occasionally humorous stories to help you or your loved one age in place gracefully.