There is a scene in the 1994 movie, The Little Rascals, where the clubhouse is on fire, and Buckwheat is holding a payphone asking Spanky, "Quick, what's the number for 911"? Since neither of them know, they run off in search of help to save their beloved clubhouse. Not being sure who to call in time of an emergency, or worse, not being able to call for help is a very serious concern for people of all ages. Statistically, the sooner an individual gets assistance for any emergency situation, the better the outcome. With Americans living longer and choosing to age in place, having an affordable and reliable medical alert system can give both the older adult, and their family, precious peace of mind.
Two questions frequently asked about medical alert systems:
Do I need a medical alert system? If you respond yes to two or more of the below questions, then it is a good idea to consider one.
Do you have one or more chronic illnesses?
Are you at risk of falling or have you fallen in the past three years?
Do you spend more than three hours alone daily?
Do you take three or more medications daily?
Do you worry about protecting yourself from a home intruder?
Would you feel safer wearing a medical alert device when you are out in public?
What things do I need to know before signing up for a medical alert system?
Below are a few things you might consider:
What is the cost to get started and what is the monthly cost for the system?
Does the company require a long term contract?
Does the system work outside the home? If yes, what is the distance outside the home that it will work?
Do you need to have a home phone or cell phone to use the service?
Are there local technicians who can assist with set up or problems?
The best time to get a medical alert system is before you need it. The small monthly cost is well worth the peace of mind that this small device will afford you!
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Danita Nixon who is the owner of Senior Living Advisors of Colorado. She may be reached at: 970-541-4592 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Millions of older people fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While younger people may not think much of a simple household trip, falls are much more serious than many realize. Their aftermath can drastically alter a persons quality of life, putting their physical and mental health at risk. Thats why fall prevention is so critically important.At ComForCare, our mission is to help older adults live at home safely and confidently for as long as possible. We work alongside families, providing not only expert care but also educational resources to support healthy relationships and healthy families. Lets take a look at why fall prevention matters, how to recognize risk factors, and what you can do to prevent falls!Why Fall Prevention MattersWhile not every fall results in a serious injury, one in five doesand the consequences can be life-altering. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries and hip fractures, and they account for 3 million emergency department visits each year. And while its painful to think about, the CDC estimates that by 2030, falls could cause dozens of deaths per day.Even if the fall itself doesnt result in death, the complications can be devastating. Seniors may experience severely limited mobility and cognitive function, restricting their activities, leading to physical decline and even depression and social isolation. All of these outcomes are linked to a shorter lifespan.Most Common Risk Factors for a FallMedications: Some medications or combinations of medications can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and delayed reaction times as side effects. Cognitive impairments: Alzheimers disease and dementia can slow down reaction times or make it easy to become distracted and overlook a fall risk.Nutritional deficiencies: Many older adults dont get enough protein or vitamin D in their diets, leading to muscle loss and weakness that increases the risk of falling.Lower body weakness: Many health conditions and simply aging itself can lead to weakness in the lower body or difficulties with walking and balance. Health care issues: blood pressure that is too low or too high, vision impairments, and even podiatric issues can all contribute to falls.What Can Seniors Do to Prevent Falls?For optimized comfort and safety at your or your loved ones home, use these steps to prevent falls!Home Safety InterventionsFall-proofing your home is one of the most important interventions you can make. To start, remove any throw rugs, floor clutter, or electrical cords that can be tripped over. Additional changes to consider include:Fixing any broken or uneven steps & flooringMoving furniture so loved ones using an assistive device like a cane or walker can easily navigate around itInstalling grab bars in bathroomsFor additional steps, download our fall risk reduction guide! To fully safeguard your loved one and account for their needs, you may also consider a personalized fall risk assessment. Exercises for Balance & StrengthIn some cases, older adults may need the help of a physical therapist or occupational therapist to regain their strength and balance. But all seniors can benefit from exercises to reduce the risk of falls. Even simple exercises can help! One of the easiest leg-strengthening exercises is the calf raise. From a standing position, rise up on your toes, keeping your heels above the ground. Then, slowly return to your normal position. Try doing three sets of ten calf raises with one to three minutes of rest in between. Call in a friend or family member to help with balance!Improve Awareness & Reduce the FearFall risk awareness sits at the middle of a spectrum. On one hand, some people dont realize that falls arent a normal part of aging and therefore dont understand their risk factors. On the other, some people become afraid, reducing or restricting healthy activities out of a fear of falling. Fall risk management programs like Gaitway are designed to help older adults overcome those fears and minimize their risks. Gaitway helps people view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, and take manageable steps to reduce their fall risks at home.Consider In-Home CareIf your loved one has one or more fall risk factors or has fallen in the past, it may be time to consider in-home care. ComForCares caregivers are trained in all aspects of fall prevention, performing safety assessments and screenings, recommending adjustments to the home environment, and so much more. Our caregivers understand senior nutrition and can prepare meals to support their vitamin, mineral, protein, and hydration goals. They can provide mobility assistance to boost confidence and make getting around easier. They can manage medications and coordinate with healthcare providers. And above all, theyre an additional resource for families supporting elderly loved ones, establishing open lines of communication about fall fears and concerns.Schedule a Home Safety Evaluation with ComForCareBeing an active fall manager for a loved one is an important role. But it can be a lot to manage, and important things easily go unmanaged or unnoticed. If youre ready for a partner to close the gaps and provide an expert perspective, choose ComForCare. We provide in-home care services to help seniors age comfortably and safely at home. Well match your family member with a caregiver ideally suited to their preferences, personality, and needs so you can rest assured that theyre receiving the best assistance possible.Schedule a home safety evaluation with ComForCare today to protect your loved one and support their needs!Contact ComForCare to Be Matched with Your Perfect Caregiver call today, 720-575-5576.
In the realm of senior therapy, the integration of music and arts stands out as a transformative approach to holistic well-being. Recent studies highlight the profound cognitive benefits that music can offer to seniors, from stimulating memory recall to enhancing overall cognitive function. Whether through familiar melodies that evoke cherished memories or the joy of learning a new instrument, music becomes a powerful tool for self-expression and connection, particularly for seniors facing cognitive decline. Simultaneously, engaging in visual and performing arts provides an avenue for creative expression, offering a sense of accomplishment and purpose. The emotional impact of these creative endeavors is equally significant, alleviating feelings of loneliness and fostering a sense of community through shared experiences in choir singing or art classes.In essence, the incorporation of music and arts into senior therapy transcends mere entertainment, becoming a vital aspect of promoting the overall well-being of older individuals. By tapping into the creative spirit, seniors can find avenues for cognitive stimulation, emotional connection, and a renewed sense of purpose. As society recognizes the importance of a comprehensive approach to senior care, the role of music and arts in therapeutic practices emerges as a valuable and enriching endeavor for the aging population, contributing to a fulfilling and vibrant later life.