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7 Benefits of Medical Alert Systems

7 Benefits of Medical Alert Systems

Medical alert systems are not only easy to use, but they provide several benefits to both the caregiver and their loved one.  Here are seven benefits of getting a personal emergency response system.

  1. Offers peace of mind to the caregiver

Having a medical alert system in place offers peace of mind to the caregiver by reassuring them that someone will arrive in case there’s an emergency.  With this knowledge, caregivers can relax when running errands.

  1. More thorough than 911

When you enroll with a medical alert system, you are asked a series of questions about the bracelet wearer’s health.  This information becomes vital in an emergency, and may be missed with a simple ‘cold’ 911 call.

  1. Goes with the wearer

The devices are waterproof, which means that they can go into the shower, out walking, and more.  The jewelry is also small enough to be very discreet when worn around the neck or wrist.

  1. Allows loved ones to live at home longer

With a medical alert system in place, our loved ones are able to live at home for a longer period of time.  There doesn’t have to be someone there all the time to make sure that grandma or grandpa doesn’t fall in the bathroom or shower.

  1. Quick and easy communication with emergency personnel

The medical alert button gives a direct line of communication to someone who can help out in case of an emergency.  With the two-way speech system on certain models, the wearer can be anywhere and be able to access help.

  1. Help is available any time

When someone wears the medical alert device, they’re not limited to certain hours that they can get help. The help is available 24/7 through manned emergency call centers.  This provides an extra layer of security.

  1. Not just for medical situations

Many people overlook this, but the medical alert system can summon the right kind of help in any type of emergency.  This means that if your loved one is experiencing a break-in or there’s smoke in the house that they can call the proper authorities.  (Please Note:  While We Elderly Care believe Medical Alert Systems do provide certain benefits to the elderly, we do not endorse any specific retailer or distributor.  The link embedded within this blog, authored, by Nick Jakubowski of Medical Care Alert, serves as an example of a Medical Alert provider),

Having a medical alert system can not only prolong the time spent living independently at home, it is a safety net which helps caregivers and other healthcare professionals in the process.  That subscription to a medical alert system can definitely make the difference.


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Celebrating 75 years of Discovery, Innovation and ProgressIt’s the Association’s 75th Anniversary
This year, join the American Diabetes Association in celebrating our 75th Anniversary, Celebrating Discovery, Innovation and Progress. The Association will honor years of progress in diabetes treatment, management and quality of life, while also looking toward further progress in the future. This major milestone will provide an opportunity to build greater awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s continuing fight to Stop Diabetes® and its often deadly complications.

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Teaming Up to Take on Diabetes

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The American Diabetes Association is proud to recognize the Teaming up to Take on Diabetes Health Ambassador Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle for the Washington Redskins, for his selection to the 2015 Pro Bowl Team!

Join us in congratulating Trent on histhird consecutive Pro-Bowl selection. While we are proud to see Trent once again recognized for his leadership on the field, we also applaud his work with the Association to promote diabetes awareness, its prevention and the critical steps that can be taken to control it.

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Advocating for Those with Diabetes

Advocating for Those with Diabetes2015 Federal and State Legislative and Regulatory Priorities
The Association announced its legislative and regulatory priorities for 2015, including both the federal and state efforts the Association executes across targeted issue areas. Each year, the Association identifies the leading legislative and regulatory priorities that will guide our ongoing efforts to Stop Diabetes. Federal priorities include: federal funding for diabetes research and programs, prevention and health disparities, and the state priorities include: diabetes programs and surveillance, health insurance, discrimination and more.

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New Year, New You! Tips for a Healthy Beginning
It’s the end of the holiday season, which means getting back on track and starting the New Year off right! Luckily, we have just what you need to get started. Our Recipes for Healthy Living website is a free nutrition resource created to make eating healthy with diabetes easier for you. Sign up for a monthly e-newsletter and receive healthy recipes, meal plans, cooking videos, tips and more. There’s no cost, but so many benefits!

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The Art of Helping Someone With Moderate Dementia Make Choices

You’ve probably noticed the person in your care becoming less able to make the simplest choices: What kind of cereal to eat? Which sweater to wear? What to do today? Before long, taking any kind of initiative will be impossible, as higher-order thinking becomes more damaged. While some inklings of preferences remain, indulge them to the best of your ability.

Here’s how:

  • Don’t rush to make all choices for the person. The actual choosing matters less than the pleasant feeling that can arise — and carry over into other behaviors — from being involved in social give-and-take.
  • Narrow the options. Present two choices: wheat flakes or oatmeal? Take a walk or feed the ducks?
  • Consider listing your personal first choice last: It’s typical that the last word heard will be the one played back to you (oatmeal, ducks).
  • Skip intimidating open-ended questions. Not, “What do you want to do today?” Instead, “Should we take a drive today or feed the ducks?”

When Caregiving Is Thankless . . . Say Thanks Yourself!

Dementia caregiving often feels thankless, not in small part because caregivers so seldom hear that simple word, “Thanks!” The gratitude you hope your loved one feels may not always come across, and families may go about their business not fully fathoming all you do.

But you yourself have the power to say thanks, and reap the ripple effect. Try these four ideas:

1. Focus your energy less on what you’re not hearing and more on what you yourself are grateful for. It’s one of those strange-but-truisms that expressing appreciation — to others or even to ourselves — makes us feel better, whether or not we hear it back.

2. Include yourself in the list of people you appreciate. It’s a small thing (and nowhere near as great as flowers or dinner!) but a sanity-saver. Don’t be shy about treating yourself — throwing a bouquet in the cart with your groceries or picking a few garden buds, ordering a yummy takeout, and so on.

3. Thank those who help you: family, aides, friends. They may learn from your example. And it always feels good to be on the moral high ground.

4. Keep a gratitude journal. Jot down something you’re grateful for each day — a brilliant sunset, a weak smile from your loved one. It sounds corny, but it’s an inspiring way to force your brain toward the positive.

Dementia and “I Want to Go Home”

“I want to go home!” This common expression can be painful — and mystifying — to hear from someone who’s already home, whether in a longtime residence or a new care facility. But don’t take it literally.

“I want to go home” tends to be an expression of discomfort: The person doesn’t recognize where he or she is and/or is feeling distressed and uncomfortable. At this point in dementia, memories of the distant past are strongest and are often happy ones associated with good feelings. Wanting to go “home” is often an expression of longing for that security.

To soothe:

  1. It doesn’t help to argue. Offering up rational responses, such as “But you are home!” or “This is your home” are ineffective with someone with dementia because their intellectual capacity to reason is gone.
  2. Say something like, “You really miss home. Tell me about home.” Then just listen.
  3. Try being agreeable: “Okay, let’s go.” Take a drive around the area and when you get back to where you started, announce, “We’re home!”
  4. For someone who has moved a lot, ask, “Which home do you mean?” This may be enough to trigger reminisces that are calming.
  5. Don’t feel insulted. Adult children who have taken in a parent with dementia often feel that Mom or Dad is complaining that they haven’t been made to feel at home. It may be that your loved one is feeling uncomfortable or doesn’t have enough privacy, but that’s not the same as an indictment of your intent to welcome the person into your home.
  6. Don’t go out of your way to engineer a trip back to a former home or hometown. Taking the person to visit a past home usually doesn’t help because it’s not remembered. (Earlier in dementia this may work, but it may also be confusing if the person doesn’t quite remember the circumstances of leaving.)
  7. Realize that “home” may refer to childhood. Invite the person to talk about favorite activities or places “back home.”
  8. Try going “home” with photos: “We can’t go home today, but look at these pictures I found. They can help us plan a trip back there sometime.” Then distract with the images.

Happy New Year!

The Staff of “We Elderly Care” wish you a Happy and Prosperous 2015!