According to the U.S. Department of Health’s Administration on Aging, some 12.5 million older adults who don’t live in an institutionalized setting live alone. That’s about 20 percent of the total population among people older than 65. Older women are more likely to live alone; some 35 percent of them do so because they are widows.
Millions of older Americans continue to live on their own, often despite health problems that typically come with getting older. We expect those numbers to continue rising, along with life expectancy and advances in healthcare. Still, seniors who live alone face certain risks. Monitronics offers medical monitoring to mitigate those risks and increase the length of time older Americans can retain their independence.
Remaining independent is very important to older people. Independent seniors are more likely to be physically active, socially involved, and purpose-driven – all of which contribute to longer and healthier lives. By contrast, seniors tend to go downhill both physically and mentally once their independence is lost. That’s why it makes sense to help seniors stay independent as long as possible. Medical monitoring is a great way to make that happen.
How Medical Monitoring Works
You are probably already familiar with the idea of medical monitoring, thanks to those popular TV commercials from the 1980s and 90s. The old technology has been replaced by new and better equipment; modern medical monitoring is completely wireless and can be incorporated into an existing security system or added as a standalone service.
With either installation, the customer is supplied with a control panel along with a monitoring pendant that can be worn around the wrist or the neck. As long as both the pendant and control panel have power and a cellular connection, the customer is never truly alone. At the first sign of a medical emergency, the customer only needs to press the button on the pendant to alert personnel at our remote monitoring center.
Monitoring personnel can communicate with the individual through a microphone and speaker built into the supplied control panel. In the event of an emergency, first responders can be immediately notified and dispatched. In the meantime, monitoring personnel stay in contact to keep the individual calm.
Added Peace of Mind
Getting older is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be something that is mentally and emotionally troubling. Medical monitoring for seniors does more than just provide a quick way to alert first responders in the event of an emergency. It also gives seniors peace of mind. They know that help is just one push of a button away should they ever need it, so they are more secure living alone in their own homes.
That peace of mind also extends to their children, grandchildren, and friends. Others who are understandably concerned about the safety of their loved ones know that medical monitoring provides fast emergency help when necessary. When medical monitoring is available, they worry less about parents and grandparents who choose to remain independent.
Medical monitoring is an affordable way to increase the safety and well-being of senior loved ones in your family, and to help your loved ones maintain their independence for as long as possible. Best of all, there’s no major construction in order to install a Monitronics system. Wireless technology makes medical monitoring as quick and easy as ever. Contact us today to learn more.
- AOA – http://www.aoa.acl.gov/aging_statistics/profile/2014/2.aspx