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Helping Your Loved One with a Medical Alert System

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Age and illnesses are both difficult things to deal with, even more so when they occur at the same time. If you’re currently helping to take care of your loved one, there’s one time of the day that worries you: when you’re away. Becoming a caretaker is no easy task; having a system in place when you’re not able to be there is crucial – here’s why.

Emergency Situations

The last thing you want to worry about is your loved one potentially sustaining an injury while you’re at work or with other members of the family at an outing. Having a proper medical alert system in place can give your loved ones access to emergency services, giving you both peace of mind. You’ll be able to focus on your current task, knowing full well that your loved one is perfectly safe at home.

Able, But Living With Diseases

Even if your loved one is physically capable and able to do things for themselves, life-threatening diseases can still impede upon their daily lives and quality of life. Disease such as diabetes and epilepsy are hard to manage and can cause “attacks” to the body without much warning. If your loved one only has a few seconds before their disease begins to wreak havoc on them, their medical alert system could be the difference between critical care, and receiving the medical attention they need right away.

Physical Rehabilitation

If your loved one has recently sustained injuries that have left them in need of physical therapy or total physical rehabilitation, they could have years ahead of them on the road to recovery. Take the uncertainty out of their in-home recovery process by giving peace of mind to the entire family.

The Most Trusted Medical Alert System in San Francisco

If you’re worried about your loved one while you’re away, you’re not alone. We’ve helped countless others with the most trusted alert system in San Francisco. Contact us today to learn how we can implement this system into your loved one’s life as soon as possible, giving both of you peace of mind.

Fall Prevention | What if There is a Fall and There’s No One Around to Help?

Whether you’re a caretaker, loved one or a friend of someone who is a senior or disabled, the thought of them sustaining an injury due to falling can be quite stressful. If you’re concerned about your loved ones risk of falling—especially when they’re on their own—you’re not alone. Learn what steps you should take for fall prevention.

Contingency Plans Are a Must for Fall Prevention

Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that your client, friend or loved one will never fall. The world is full of proverbial banana peels. Therefore, it’s necessary to be prepared for a fall and have a contingency plan in place. One way to prepare for the possibility of falling is to have an easily accessible way to call for help. Because falls often occur in areas of a home that don’t offer immediate access to a phone—like bathrooms or staircases—it’s a good idea to install an alert system. Having a fall detection system in place could save someone from feeling stranded after they’ve taken a fall.

In addition to installing an medical alert system, it’s a good idea to teach your client, friend or loved one how to fall to avoid injury. If they feel that they’ve lost their balance and are about to take a fall, they should keep their elbows bent, have some give in their arms, protect their head, and try to land on their muscles, not their bones.  Additional measures should be taken after a fall:

  • Remain Still: Depending on the severity of the fall, they may be swelling or bleeding in certain areas, and it’s crucial that they remain still to prevent making matters worse.
  • Self Awareness: They should note where the impact was, where they can feel swelling, and any other additional information that will help EMTs or ER nurses.
  • Identify the Cause: Did they simply slip, or did they fall due to a misplaced or unnecessary object in their home? When they can pinpoint the cause of the fall, it gives you insight into areas of the home that may still be unsafe.

If you know someone who is at risk of falling and does not have a medical alert or fall detection system in their home, see about outfitting them with one of Vital Link’s alert system and help buttons. Our products provide peace of mind and enables individuals to access help 24/7. View our service and product offerings today.

How to Safeguard Your Home to Prevent Falls

While “home” is supposed to be a safe space for everyone, for seniors, it can be a stage for falls and subsequent serious injury. Taking a wrong step could result in a hip fracture, cut, and even a brain injury, and could also be psychologically traumatizing enough to force you to avoid certain areas of your house. Because of this, taking small measures to help diminish the risk of falling at home is a necessity. Read on to learn how you can safeguard your home to prevent falls.

Use Assistance for Stairs

If you live in a house that is more than one-story tall and must access all levels of your home, make sure to equip your stairs with nonslip treads and handrails for both sides of your stairway. This assistive equipment will make the trek up and down the stairs more manageable and safer.

Move Cords Out of the Way

Electrical and phone cords that run through the middle of walkways or rooms present dangerous tripping hazards for those at risk of falling. Remove these hazards by rearranging your cords so that they are out of way and not blocking your walking path.

Install More Lighting in Your Home

Attempting to navigate your home in near or complete darkness could easily result a trip, bump and fall. Reduce the risk of this scenario by keeping your home brightly lit. Examine your home to find areas that are dimly lit and install more lighting in those areas. In addition, place a lamp within reach of your bed for nighttime needs and store flashlights in easy-to-access areas in case of a power outage.

Optimize the Kitchen

Many home kitchens are built with shelving and cabinetry that can be hard to access for most people. Make sure you don’t slip and fall trying to access items in these tall storage areas by placing your kitchen necessities on easy-to-reach areas.

Double-Check the Bathroom

Ensure that your bathmat is non-slip, that there are easily accessible handles or railings installed in your bathroom, and that your bathroom is cleaned regularly to avoid slippery soap buildup.

Have a Plan in Place in Case You Fall

Taking the steps listed above will help you reduce the risk of falling, but you should still have a plan in place in case a fall does occur. Having access to a medical alert system and a fall detection pendant could help greatly if you do fall.  


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