Approximately 1 out of every 8 Americans is a senior over the age of 65. That number is predicted to climb to nearly 1 in 5 by the year 2030 as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age. When you combine these facts with the statistic that 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 has a fall each year, the need for personal emergency response systems becomes clear.
A Growing Demographic—Independent Seniors
As the number of independent seniors continues to increase, pairing PERS with other home security measures will create a growing target audience. The children of this aging generation are raising kids of their own and often cannot afford to care for parents in-home. PERS gives a person in this situation a feeling of security, knowing that an aging parent can always call out to a monitoring service and receive immediate attention.
Why a Monitoring Service Is Vital
In the past, PERS meant pushing a button and then waiting for help. A CSR would call emergency contacts and then send EMS. Emergency responders would walk into a situation without knowing what was going on.
Today, medical monitoring should always include a two-voice voice solution. This allows a fallen senior to speak directly with the CSR, so that emergency contacts and EMS can be contacted quickly, false alarms are minimized, and the situation can be immediately evaluated.
NMC is proud to offer medical monitoring services that your home security clients need as they or their parents reach age 65 and beyond. For more information, call 877-353-3031.
Hospitals have more to think about than many other facilities when it comes to security. Patients and employees need to be kept safe. Medications and equipment need to be protected from theft. Even personal information needs to be safeguarded in order to meet governmental regulations. Here are 3 security measures every hospital needs.
Properly Placed Surveillance Cameras
Video surveillance can go a long way toward protecting people and preventing theft. Here are a few places cameras should be focused:
- Building entrances and exits
- Elevators and stairwells
- Storage closets/rooms, especially those that house medical equipment or medications
- Doorways to restricted areas
Authorized Access Control
Hospitals definitely have areas that need to be off-limits to everyone except those who are working there. There are a number of ways to restrict access to certain parts of the building or access to the entrance of the hospital itself.
- Entryway turnstiles or metal detectors
- Access cards
- Biologic identification (fingerprint ID, for example)
- Facial recognition
These measures can keep out those who are in the system as pill addicts as well as blocking access to storage rooms.
Environmental Monitoring Services
Hospitals often have a large amount of medications on hand that need to be kept under very specific conditions. An environmental sensor can alert the right people to a problem before an expensive batch of medication is lost due to a thermostat issue.
Providing Your Hospital Clients with Much Needed Monitoring
NMC can provide your medical facility clients with the necessary video surveillance monitoring and environmental monitoring that they want in order to protect against loss and provide safety for those in the facility. Call 877-353-3031 to partner up with NMC today.
In the United States, 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 falls each year. While some of the aging population is making the move to assisted living centers or retirement homes, many wish to maintain their independence as long as possible. This creates the risk of an older person not being able to reach a phone during a medical emergency. Medical monitoring can provide real peace of mind both for seniors and for their family.
Protecting Seniors from Falls
Of course, most adult children would love to make an aging parent’s home safe enough to avoid falls in the first place. That means taking a few precautions such as:
- Arrange kitchens to limit reaching or use of a step ladder.
- Motion sensor lights that detect when a senior gets out of bed brighten the room automatically reducing fall risk while going for the light switch.
- Elevated toilet seats with grab bars make it easier to sit and stand.
- A walk-in shower with a seat reduces the risk of falling in the shower.
- Carpeting, as opposed to wood floors with area rugs, provides greater stability.
- Smoke detectors in every room provide a much needed early warning system for those who cannot escape quickly.
NMC’s Medical Monitoring Services
NMC offers two-way voice solutions that allow seniors to talk to one of our highly trained CSRs in the case of an emergency. Our monitoring services are compatible with many of the existing medical alert devices already available on the market. History reports allow long-distance caregivers to observe patterns in emergency care. All of this can help to provide peace of mind for your aging residential clients as well as adult children of aging parents.