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.