Medical alert systems are known by various names … some people call them life alerts; some people call them medical alarms or elderly buttons but most frequently they are referred to as the “I’ve fallen and can’t get up thing”. This is amazing because the commercial with the elderly lady falling down the stairs saying “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” is about twenty-five years old.
No matter what these elderly alert devices are called, the decision to get one centers around two important universal concepts. It doesn’t matter if the old man with Parkinson’s Disease lives in center city Philadelphia, Cook County, Illinois, or some rural county in Texas. Same with the elderly lady who has diabetes and falls frequently who lives in New York City, Des Moines, or Salt Lake City … the issues that need to be addressed before subscribing to a medical alert service are identical and can be summarized in two words … Trust and Respect.
Simply put, no matter how much you believe that your elderly parent needs one of the devices, it is imperative that you not only respect their wishes (even if you know they would be safer with a medical alert button) and trust their choice as well. After all, like lots of things in life, the decision to use a medical alert device should always be their choice. The reason for this is quite simple … it boils down to compliance. It seems as though human nature is what is controlling here. If you compel your elderly mom to wear a medical alert pendant or you force your proud 85-year-old dad to keep the medical alert button on his wrist, without their prior consent, you may be disrespecting what is ultimately their choice. Without their enrollment, in the decision-making process, the likelihood that they will wear the emergency button is largely reduced. These elderly safety devices are of no use if they are kept in a drawer or left on a counter. For any type of medical alert system in Houston, TX, Cuyahoga County, OH, or the entire state of North Carolina, and across the United States to be useful, it must be worn.
So, remember to respect their wishes and trust that they will make the correct choice.