Are you on the fence about getting a medical alert system? A personal emergency response system, or PERS, lets you call for help from a push of a button. If you or your loved ones are at high medical risk, be it for a heart attack or a fall, then a PERS may be a much-needed piece of medical technology for you.
But what are the risks? It’s a good idea to be aware of the potential accidents one can have at home when considering purchasing a medical alert system. Just how common are falls and other home accidents? We have some statistics here that may help you make an informed decision.
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians, and 20-30% of seniors experience at least one fall every year. 85 percent of all senior injury-related hospitalizations are a result of falls, and 95 percent of all hip fractures are a result of falls. A fall – even a small one – can be a very serious situation.
About half of those falls occurred in the home. Whether it’s a lack of mobility, a lack of handrails on stairs, or a loss of traction that causes a slide, the house can actually be a potentially dangerous location. Bathrooms sometimes lack non-slip mats. Rugs can slide out from underneath people. Clutter can create hazards. We’re not saying this to scare people – it’s a real threat, especially among the older generation, and it’s something to be aware of.
If a fall happens when no one else is around, someone can be stuck, injured and unable to reach a phone to call for help. That’s where a PERS comes in. Engineered Alarm Systems’ monitoring service will respond quickly and effectively in cases of emergency, contacting the right people when necessary and ensuring quick and accurate responses at these critical times. Our highly trained staff is always available, 24/7, at the push of a button, so you can rest easy.