According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older Americans. The sad truth behind this statistic is that falls can be prevented and “older Americans” can be protected in case of a fall. A lot of aging individuals fall when moving around their home, trying to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night, or even when performing basic activities. If you have an aging Mother, Father, or loved one and you have not taken the #1 Way to protect them, then you need to immediately. It is only a matter of time before someone falls, but the older you get the more susceptible you are to falling and the more serious a fall could be. Too often, first responders are too late to help someone due to a fall because they didn’t take the initial step in protecting themselves.
So what is the #1 way to protect your aging parents from death? Medical Alert Systems. Thanks to technology, it is now possible to get even more protection in the case of a fall through medical alert systems. These systems are increasingly recommended by healthcare professionals for managing common hazards for the aging population. There are medical alert systems that are able to detect when an individual has fallen, and will be able to take appropriate action. If an older individual is alone in the house and trips over something on the floor, it may be hard to get up. However, if there is a medical alert system in place, with fall detection or with the push of the button, help can be on the way to provide assistance in the case of a fall or in the case of any emergency.
At StopTheFall.org we provide many fall prevention and protection resources. Read our other articles to learn how to prevent falls before they happen. However, the realistic truth is that not all falls can be prevented and your loved one needs to protected in case of a fall. To learn more about medical alert systems and the advantages they provide to the elderly, read our article "Do My Parents Need a Medical Alert System?"