Medical Alert Systems For Seniors

Medical Alert Systems

The universal tag line for medical alert systems is “help me, I’ve fallen”. It comes from the uncountable television ads with an older person lying on the floor and saying them into a device.

It appears these resources for seniors no longer need you to speak at all. They come equipped with a sensor that sends a signal to a notification device when it senses you have fallen.

And we all know falls can be detrimental to your health and wellness.

The notification device, depending on your plan, and there are a myriad number of plans being offered, will notify a list of pre-entered names and phone numbers or a central monitoring dispatch center.

The names can be of friends and/or relatives. The device alerts your local emergency service system if the people on your list don’t respond.

As you might imagine the key difference between the two systems is price.

Monitored systems carry a monthly charge. And you’ll be charged for the device. Plus there may be activation fees and a minimum commitment via a contract.

Different Systems Mean Different Features

Each company’s medical alert system(s) has different fee structures. And different charges and services. All notify someone or an emergency responder. But the costs will vary. And so will the types of services.

This shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone considering a medical alert system. After all, as we age we sometimes lose our balance more often, slip in the shower or bathtub or trip over what we thought was a flat rug with no tripping wrinkles.

You might be thinking, well I live with my spouse so I don’t need one. That isn’t always true. Your spouse may have just exited the home to run an errand. Or do the weekly grocery shopping, or to visit a friend when you fall.

A system that connects to their mobile phone may be your life saver. When he or she sees the message that you have fallen and can’t get up, they can immediately abort the trip and come back home. The simple act of pushing a button in that instance could mean the difference between a lengthy hospital stay or a helping hand to get back up on your feet.

Some Final Thoughts on Medical Alert Systems

There are really only three questions to ask yourself when making an alert system decision. First, do you want a home based or mobile system? Second, should you have a monitored or non-monitored system? And, third, should it have a fall detection feature?

Remember, medical alert systems come in various packaging. Only you know what is right for you.



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Relieve Pain With Hot and Cold Packs

Relieve Pain With Hot and Cold Packs

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to know about using hot and cold packs to relieve pain. I can remember my mother using both on me when I was a child. And, I am 74 years old today with 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

I bet you can surmise I used the same treatment methods for my kids as my mom did on me. Sometimes they worked sometimes they didn’t. Obviously the aches and pains source was the primary determinant in what or would not
work.

A broken leg or arm for example are not candidates for either a hot or cold pack. They are candidates for a visit to the ER or nearest Urgent Care Center. They should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

I have lower back pain. My chiropractor gave me this advice. He said apply a hot pack for 15 minutes, change to a cold pack for 15 minutes and then walk for 15 minutes. This has worked for me every time the pain resurfaces.

My Pain Relief Advice

Keep in mind I am not saying it will work for you. I am saying of all the hot and cold packs to relieve pain this one worked for me. My hot pack consisted of a hot water bottle. My cold pack consisted of a plastic bag full of ice.

Please note I didn’t rush to the pharmacy or big box store to buy an over the counter product. I used what I had in the house.

You can follow my lead. My sore muscles and joints don’t care where the relief came from. I’ve even used frozen vegetables as a cold source. If it works, I’ll use it.

Cold reduces inflammation by constricting blood flow to the injured area. Heat does the opposite. Obviously using hot or cold packs to excess can reduce the effectiveness of hot and cold packs to relieve pain. The old saying, too much of a good thing is still too much, certainly applies in pain relief.

Relieve Pain With Ice and Heat

Common sense coupled with the aches or pain will tell you what is working and what isn’t working. Pay attention to your body. It wants relief and is definitely speaking to you. Listen.

Hot and cold packs to relieve pain are only one method to relieve pain. Prescription drugs, gels, balms, ointments, and other such palliative pain relievers may be the answer. Only you know which works best for your particular pain.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help someone in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help others. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. And, Thank You in advance.