As the new year begins, adult children who visited an aging parent in Missouri or Illinois during the holidays may be reflecting on the changes they witnessed. For some family members, seeing the decline in a senior loved one’s health came as a surprise. While distance may prevent some families from visiting with one another in person for months at a time, most adult children talk to their parents by phone regularly. They are repeatedly assured that things are “fine” and their parent doesn’t need anything. Then a trip home for the holidays proves otherwise.

Does a Senior Loved One Need a Medical Alert System?

If you are an adult child who finds yourself in this situation after your holiday visit, one solution can be a medical alert system. It allows your senior loved one to remain independent at home while giving them a means of calling for help should the need arise.

Here are a nine questions to ask yourself to help you decide if it is time:

  1. Does your aging parent live alone, or are they left alone for several hours during the day or night?
  2. Has your loved one experienced a fall or developed a fear of falling?
  3. In the past year has your aging parent been hospitalized or have they had to make a trip to the emergency room?
  4. Does your senior family member live with a chronic health condition?
  5. Is your loved one using, or are they supposed to be using, a cane, walker, wheelchair or other assisting device?
  6. Does your older family member take multiple medications each day?
  7. Is your loved one struggling with daily living activities such as bathing, toileting or dressing?
  8. Are you struggling to help your senior family member maintain their independence at home?
  9. Would knowing they have a way to call for help in a time of crisis give you and other family members peace of mind?

If you answered “YES” to three or more of these questions, it is probably time to begin investigating your options for a medical alert safety system. For seniors in Missouri and Illinois, our professional care managers can offer advice on how to choose a medical alert service. Please call us at 877-323-5916 for assistance.