I am sure you all have seen commercials for the medical alert system, what sticks in my mind is those commercials that say “Help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”, while I am not 100% sure if that commercial is the same product, it is what comes to my mind while writing this.
What I love most about the medical alarm devices is that it allows some freedom for our loved ones, as we get older the last thing we probably want to admit is that we are aging and have to have help. I firmly believe that the longer a person can stay in their own comfort zone, live in the familiarity of their own home, surrounded by things they have grown to call “home”, then they may just stay independent and healthy a bit longer.
I have an older grandfather and my great grandparents are still living who are, I believe, about the same age as my Grampa on my Dad’s side. These few loved ones in my life are pushing into their 90′s now and while they are getting older and showing signs of aging, they are still living in their normal surroundings, heck my Grampa still goes to the farm to try to cut wood or run the tractors. I firmly believe my grandfather and great grandparents are living longer into their 90′s because of the way they are able to live independently or with little assistance while enjoying their homes they have lived at for years.
Keeping the normalcy around for the elders while still giving them devices to alert medical staff with a push of the button or an alarm situation that goes off on it’s own with a certain situation that triggers it, is the perfect compromise for you and your loved one to meet in the middle with. They wish to stay at home and be independent but you want that security of knowing your loved one is safe, that is why medical alarm devices would be a fantastic compromise for any of you facing what to do with aging elders.
I am all for enabling elders to live as long as possible in a way that makes them happy, obviously I want people to live happily, that’s my family motto “peace, love & happiness”, just ask the kids.