Most seniors recognize the importance of using a medical alert as they age. While these systems are an integral part of any solid safety plan, they are just one part. Whether you are one of our many happy GET HELP NOW customers or you’re with a different medical alert service, here are some important “next steps” to consider for your on-going safety:
1. Order and use a free Vial of Life kit – Having your medical history, list of medications, list of allergies & more immediately available to paramedics during an emergency can save your life! Order your free kit at VialofLife.com and set it up in your home as soon as you can.
2. Expand your support network – Do you know your neighbors? Even if you choose not to have a neighbor on your medical alert’s list of responders, having someone nearby that you can rely on is important in many other situations. Coordinate with your support network to check in with you should a tornado watch, earthquake, power outage or heavy snow happen in your area.
3. Fall-proof your home – While this is smart for all seniors, it’s especially a must for those with a history of falling! Improve the lighting throughout your home, install handrails where needed, secure carpets, install non-slip strips to your stairs (available at the hardware store), and arrange your furniture to give adequate room for walking. Your medical alert is there just in case! But you can help prevent falls by being proactive.
4. Continue to be adaptable – Our needs change as we age. Today you may be able to mow the lawn by yourself, but what about in two years? For your safety sake, it’s good to stay aware of your limitations and plan accordingly. Think of your home as adaptable too. If stepping in and out of the tub becomes challenging years down the road, consider installing a walk-in shower. Small improvements to make home more friendly can make your life much easier.