One of the best ways to protect the indepencence of an elderly parent, or parents, as the case may be, is to set them up with an emergency response system.
First of all, the emergency alert system will give them the freedom of living alone because help, when needed, is only the push of a button away.
I know, because my 86 year old mother slipped and fell in her bedroom just a few feet away from her phone, but could not get to it to dial for help.
Luckily I had installed an emergency response system for her just a few weeks before this incident. When she fell, she simply pushed a button on the pendant she always wears around her neck, and help was on the way.
Having an emergency response system installed in your parent’s home is almost like having someone living with them 24/7—They are never alone.
The system I installed for my mom cost me less than fifty dollars and instead of paying 40 dollars or more each month for a monitoring service I set it up to call my own phone. I was even able to listen in to find out if she way seriously injured and to let her know I was on my way over.
Thankfully I live only 5 minutes from her home. If I lived any further away I would have simply called an ambulance or the police, who are trained to handle most situations.
When I arrived at her house I found her on the floor in the bedroom unable to move without a great deal of pain due to injuries sustained when she fell. I am just grateful that someone makes a system that is reliable, yet inexpensive. A good system where I don’t have to pay an additional $40 a month for monitoring. What I don’t need is another bill to pay every month.
This type of emergency response system gives my mom extra peace of mind because she knows if she needs help it is not a stranger, but her own son (or daughter—if I am not available the system will dial my sister’s phone next) that is just the push of a button away.