Proactive Ways To Avoid A Slip, Trip Or Fall

Injuries caused by a slip or fall can be serious. The CDC reports that 25% of seniors age 65 and up are likely to suffer from a slip or fall. These accidents among the elderly account for 2.8 million injuries and a staggering 27,000 deaths.

Injuries sustained by a slip trip or fall are the leading cause of injury and death among the elderly.

A serious fall can traumatize seniors, making them fear to participation in their favorite activities or even get out of bed. Fortunately, there are ways to make a living environment safer and improve a senior’s health so they can avoid a fall. 

Exercise, Daily

Muscle weakness can cause seniors to fall because they can’t support their own weight. Doing strength-building exercises like walking, swimming and even dancing can build leg strength while improving coordination and balance. It doesn’t take much, but it does take consistency. Your doctor can put together an exercise plan that fits your lifestyle and physical capacity.

Spills Need Instant Attention

If you see a spill, clean it up immediately. Slipping on a wet surface can cause serious injury. A slip happens more rapidly than losing your footing or tripping, which provides that split second to brace yourself. To avoid slipping, it’s best to address the spill immediately.

Vision and Hearing Checkups

Balance is important and hearing loss can lead to balance issues. This can make a senior more prone to falling. As for your vision, you may trip on something you didn’t see and suffer a fall as a result. Seniors also become more susceptible to conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts. Poor depth perception and blurriness may also play a role. Be sure to schedule regular appointments with your optometrist and otolaryngologist.

Medication Side Effects

Mixing medications can often cause unwanted side effects. Seniors often take multiple medications to manage health conditions and these medications may interact with each other to cause dizziness or drowsiness. Talk to your doctor about your medication side effects and what your options are. 

Turn Up The Lights

If you regularly wear glasses, or have a harder time seeing it helps to see what’s in front of you. Adding brighter lighting can show you where potential hazards may be. This includes outdoors as well as in frequently used areas indoors, such as hallways, bathrooms, kitchens and staircases.

Shoes and Footwear

Bare feet or socks can lead to slips and falls, so it’s best to wear shoes as often as possible. Sturdy shoes that have rubber soles and fit properly are best for seniors. Seniors should avoid wearing flip flops, slippers, high heels and backless shoes. Talk to your podiatrist about what shoes are right for you.

Know Your Limits

Trying to do too much can cause you to move too quickly and slip or trip. Instead, enlist the help of friends, family members or even neighbors. Have them help with household chores such as cleaning floors or vacuuming, and especially when doing yard work and snow removal. Know your limits, get some help from family and friends or hire a professional.

The best proactive thing you can do to avoid the serious repercussions from a slip or fall is to call MedGuard Alert.

Following all of these tips and tricks can help, but even the most prepared person can end up taking a fall. The only way you can prepare for any situation by having an emergency medical alert system. With the push of a button, you will be instantly connected to the medical professionals and help is on the way.

Call today to learn more about getting your emergency medical alert system for FREE from MedGuard Alert. If you are currently working with Medicaid, you may qualify for additional discounts on monthly services.

Call Medguard Alert Today! 800-716-1433

Emergency Medical Alert Systems with Lockbox Access

When we provide seniors with our emergency medical alert systems, we always recommend a lock box. You may have seen a lockbox when house shopping, or perhaps checking into an Airbnb. Our lockboxes help the medical professionals access a home without doing any damage. It can be easy to overlook this, but once you press an emergency alert system, how are they supposed get into your house?

This is where the lockbox comes in

No matter where you live, it is recommended that you lock your doors. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you may not be able to just pop up to answer the door when the ambulance arrives. While our MedGuard Alert system allows you to place the call for help, and the lockbox allows that help to reach you.

The lockbox we provide our customers is a small, discreet metal box that can be placed on your doorknob or on a railing. When you press the SOS button on your MedGuard Alert device, our monitoring company provides the combination needed to open the box, and ultimately your home to help service you.

What if I Don’t Have A Lockbox?

When your life is on the line, the medical professionals will do whatever it takes to access your home to provide service. This could include breaking down a door, or breaking a window to unlock a door. This also takes longer for the EMT’s to get to you, and in emergency situations, time is of the essence. Repairing or replacing your windows and doors can cost hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. Our lockbox will ensure that emergency personnel can enter your home without doing any damage to your home.

MedGuard Alert – Lockbox Process

When we send your emergency medical alert device, it will arrive with one of our lockboxes. We will provide the access code to you, as well as entering it into our monitoring station. They will provide this code to the EMT’s when they are dispatched to your home. You will never need to remember this code, or give it to anyone when they arrive – this all happens autonomously, on the backend.

Call today to learn more about getting your emergency medical alert system from MedGuard Alert and get your lockbox for FREE when you mention promotional code – LOCKBOX. If you are currently working with Medicaid, you may qualify for additional discounts on monthly services.

CALL TODAY! 800-716-1433

Care Watch: Emergency Response And So Much More

The emergency response device space is pretty static. Many devices have similar look and feel, as well as similar functionality and features. We knew we could do better, provide more features and advancements for our customers. With the launch of our Care Watch, MedGuard Alert is now offering our customers 3 different options when it comes to personal protection.

  • MDX, In-home Medical System (phone
  • Personal Alert Devices (4G)
  • The Care Watch (4G)

Our standard systems provide the same great monitoring

The Personal 4G Care Watch protects and monitors you from accidental falls, incorporates health sensors, has a 2-way call audio speaker, an emergency SOS button on the side and alerts you when the battery is low.

Benefits & Features

  • Touchscreen Display for easy access to every application
  • Discreet Design that looks like a modern smart watch
  • Rechargeable Battery with 2-3 days of stand by time
  • SOS Button for emergency medical alerts
  • Water Resistant so you can wash your hands without worry
  • Wireless 4G LTE for nationwide cellular connectivity
  • Built in GPS Ability to Track you inside and outside of your home
  • View Your Vitals like your oxygen levels, heart rate and blood pressure

Mobile App provides even more great features like:

  • Pedometer (Step-counter)
  • Prescription Reminders
  • Contact List
  • Agenda
  • Weather & Temperature info

             and more…

Call today to learn more about getting your emergency medical alert system for FREE from MedGuard Alert. If you are currently working with Medicaid, you may qualify for additional discounts on monthly services.

CALL TODAY! 800-716-1433