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• The use of certain medications
• Slowing down of the reflexes
• Poor vision
• Difficulty balancing
• Slippery, wet floors
• Poor lighting
• Electrical cords in pathways
• Loose or wrinkled rugs
• Raised thresholds between rooms and doorways
• Clutter – a main contributor
Did you know? Most falls in the home will occur in bathrooms, bedrooms and on stairs.
Download MedFirst Alert’s free Home Safety Checklist to find out more about making your home safe.
Have you ever heard the expression “Keep it simple stupid” (KISS). These 4 simple words are often overlooked and underutilized when it comes to new products and services entering the marketplace. One such example are medical alert systems. Many times the manufacturers of these systems try to add to many features and gadgets to try and out do their competitors. What they don’t realize is that by adding these “extra” features they make the product less usable.
One such example in the medical alert system industry can be found in systems that require the user, oftentimes a senior over the age of 65 to recharge the mobile alert pendant or remote every night. The more steps involved in practical application, the less likely someone is to consistently use the product.
At MedFirst Alert we keep our medical alert systems simple to use on purpose for one reason. We want those who use it to use it everyday without exception. What good is have the medical alert if you are not going to use it? We recommend either a simple wristband or a necklace that is worn around the neck. Whether you are in the shower or out back working in your garden, it needs to be worn at all times to be effective. The system itself requires no maintenance on the part of the user. It has a built in diagnostic feature that is able to check itself to ensure proper function. From the time a senior or someone with a disability opens the box and plugs it in, it is ready to use. Keeping it simple is our goal and our seniors appreciate the fact that we have kept it simple to use. So, when looking for a medical alert system, remember simple is better. Give us a call today 1-800-595-0718 or request a brochure to find out more about protecting yourself or a loved one.
Preventing falls in seniors requires paying attention to your surrounding environment and personal awareness. The following are just a few simple steps a senior can take to reduce the likelihood of falling.
1. Take care of yourself
• Have a chat with your doctor about your medications and their possible side effects.
• Did you know poor vision increases your chance of falling significantly?
−− See your eye doctor at least once a year.
−− Clean eyeglasses or contacts on a regular basis.
• Did you know exercising builds strength and improves your balance and coordination?
−− Ask your doctor before beginning any exercise program to see what is most appropriate for your situation
2. Keep pathways and hallways clear of clutter
• Keep walking areas clear of loose area rugs, extension cords, shoes, clothing, books, boxes, and clutter in general.
• Remove wrinkles and creases in area rugs and carpet.
• Keep a watchful eye out for water or other liquids on the floor and clean them up.
• Be watchful of pets and small children.
3. Slow it down around the house
• Stand up slowly, get your balance before standing up.
• Get out of furniture slowly. (chairs, sofa, etc.)
• Sit up in the bed first before stepping down.
• Take your time when answering the phone or door bell.