As the winter months approach it is important for senior citizens to protect themselves from the cold.Â Every year many elderly people die from hypothermia and exposure. As we age our bodies are less able to protect us from and detect dangerously cold weather. If you are the child of an elderly adult who lives in an area with cold winters it’s very important that you make sure they are safe.
Many times elderly people are not able to adjust to extremes in the weather. In the summer time they may wear too many warm clothes because they can’t regulate their body temperature effectively. In cold weather some senior citizens may not keep their homes warm enough to promote good health.
It’s extremely important that you check all furnaces before the cold season is upon us. Make sure the thermostat in your loved ones home is working properly and is set at an appropriate temperature.
Winter also exposes senior citizens to the risk of slipping and falling on ice. If this should happen to your elderly loved one and no one is home to help them, the outcome could be serious injury or even death. Any senior citizen who lives alone should have a medical monitoring device (also known as a personal emergency system).
A senior alert system can be the difference between life and death. Most systems are extremely affordable and can offer a variety of additional safeguards. If your mom or dad falls, a good senior alert system will be able to detect that fall and contact your parent to check in on them. If in fact they are hurt the monitoring company will contact emergency response services, nearby neighbors or other individuals that are listed on your emergency contact list.
You want to be sure that your parents or grandparents are safe but you do not want to get them upset by making them feel like you think they are incompetent and an able to protect themselves. Try to position the senior alert system as a logical non-intrusive way for them to maintain their independent way of life with the security and peace of mind that comes with knowing that help is just a push of the button away.
Most medical alert systems for senior citizens will cost anywhere from $30-$70 a month depending upon the level of service and technological features that you require. Some medical monitoring services can actually measure and report your loved ones heart rate and temperature as well as record their movements within a home. These devices are typically more expensive and somewhat more intrusive than the traditional panic button senior alert system. The panic button feature is very easy to use and can be worn on the wrist or the belt clip or in a pendant around the neck. A medical monitoring system must be worn around the chest with the device making contact near the heart.
The medical monitoring device is a good idea for an individual who has been diagnosed with heart problems or other high risk of falling conditions. For the average senior citizen who is in good health a senior alert without all the body functions monitoring is a good solution that’s affordable and easy-to-use. Some burglar alarm companies also offer a panic button feature that can connect your elderly loved one with a monitoring service via a call box. But if the elderly injured individual is an able to stand or reach the call box this may not be a very realistic solution.