Mar 6, 2018 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers
Protect Your Senior with a Personal Emergency Response System
When a member of your family has an age-related medical condition, you may be hesitant to leave them home on their own. Yet, your loved one may prefer to live in their own home, or may not need 24-hours a day supervision. You can ensure the safety of those you care for without limiting their independence.
You can insist upon a Personal Emergency Response System. With a Personal Emergency Response System, your loved one will have the independence they crave, while you have reassurance that they still have around-the-clock protection.
Personal Emergency Response Systems are not only for the elderly. Anyone with a serious medical condition or disability will benefit, including those with the following conditions:
Heart disease or high blood pressure
Severe allergies or asthma
History of stroke
Anyone who takes a medication that causes dizziness or drowsiness
A seizure or fainting disorder
Recently released from a hospital or rehab center
The Personal Emergency Response Technology
A Personal Emergency Response System is a simple, convenient way for your loved one to call for help in an emergency situation. This type of system can save lives. There are usually three components.
A necklace or bracelet that is worn by the patient and connects to a console
A console that is connected to a phone line in the home
Two-way communication with a 24-hour emergency staff
In an emergency situation, your loved one simply pushes a button on their bracelet or a pendant on their necklace. This prompts their console to become a loud speakerphone that will keep your senior in constant contact with the emergency staff until help arrives.
This help could be in the form of a neighbor, a family member, or emergency responders, depending on the nature of the emergency. Often, emergency response systems can also connect to smoke monitors or motion detectors.
Fall Detection for the Active Senior
It is essential to assess the types of services that will be beneficial. Not everyone will have the ability to push a button after a fall. You can ensure your loved one will have access to help in a fall emergency when they are not able to call for help on their own, if you choose a service that offers automatic fall detection.
Advances in technology allow for a sensor to detect a fall or a sudden impact. Knowing that your loved one is continuously monitored for evidence of a fall will allow you to worry less about their well-being, and you will know that any necessary help will be dispatched immediately.
Integrated Technology for Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
If your senior has Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, you may want to choose a Personal Emergency Response System that offers advanced home monitoring options. More than half of those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia are prone to wandering, particularly at night. If you find yourself concerned that your senior may be prone to wandering, you may want to choose a system that allows integration with a home security system.
Pressurized bedside mats, window alarms, door alarms and motion detectors can alert you to any wandering activity. You will be able to protect the safety of your loved one while they maintain as much independence as possible in their home.
Contact Us Today
At Comfort Keepers, we provide quality services that keep you or your loved-one living as comfortably and independently as possible in their home. We offer a variety of services from running errands, meal preparation, light housekeeping to 24-hour care. In Tom’s River and the surrounding areas of New Jersey, contact Comfort Keepers at (732) 557-0010 to learn more about our customizable services and our Personal Emergency Response Systems.