How to Have a Conversation with your parent about medical alert systems

One of the most difficult conversations you will have with your aging parent is generally centered around their health care. Will they go to an assisted living facility? Will they stay at home with a full time nurse? Will they receive partial in home care?

Children of senior citizens worry about their parents being alone at home and unable to call for help often purchase their parents with a medical alert system only to discover that they don’t want it and refuse to use it. This is a common problem confronted by children concerned about their senior parents. Oftentimes, it takes an emergency medical event like a fall or heart attack before your loved one realizes the benefit of  medical alert systems.

How is it possible for a child to convince their elderly parent that it is in their best interest to have a medical alert system and even more importantly -use it?

In an effort to make this process easier, begin communicating about the future with your parents regardless of their age. Talk about what their thoughts are on assisted living facilities, in home care, medical alert systems.  Let them know that you love them and this is the reason you are bringing  up the conversation.  Experts believe that by laying down this communication groundwork in the early stages, children and parents will benefit in the long run.

Statistics show that 9 out of 10 parents do not want to burden their children and as a result will often respond to this honest communication method.

When placed under duress, the majority of us will resist regardless of how sound a plan or another person’s arguments are. With that said, psychologists believe that by encouraging parents to use a medical alert system they will more than likely be willing to change their routine and wear the alert pendant or wristband if they feel that they have done this on their own accord.

It may take a parent, falling, having a heart attack or being spooked by burglars. While this is not always the case, it can wake up a stubborn parent who is refusing to have a medical alert system. However, in many cases it may also be necessary for other family members to encourage the parents to have a medical alert system.

Be persistent, caring and patient with your parent with these difficult decisions and it will pay off for both of you in the long run.

Please give us a call if you have any questions about how medical alert systems can work for your situation.  1-800-595-0718

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