4 Ways to Tell When it's Time for Your Loved One to Use a PERS Device
There are many reasons to have a personal emergency response system handy as an elderly adult aging in place. However, it can be difficult to accurately determine when a PERS device becomes a necessity and not just an inessential tool.
If your loved one falls into any of these 4 categories, it may be time to consider giving them a PERS device and encouraging them to use it.
1. Your loved one has reduced or limited mobility
Getting older means reduced mobility. The staircase in your mom's house may not be as easy for her to use any more thanks to her aching knees. Maybe your dad uses a wheelchair and has trouble getting in and out of the shower. If your loved one struggles to get around, or if getting around is becoming increasingly dangerous for them, a PERS device can ensure that they can call for help in an emergency. Wearing a PERS device around the neck or wrist makes it easy to call for a caretaker, friend, or family member in the event of a fall or just getting stuck. PERS devices can reduce the risk of death or severe injury in people with limited mobility
2. Your loved one has a chronic health condition
If your loved one has a chronic condition that needs regular monitoring or medication management, a PERS device makes it easy for them to get medical attention. By pressing a button, the device can ping the caretaker, friend or family member. In a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, the simple one-button design makes it easy to get help fast. This can also bring you peace of mind by helping to ensure that your loved one is protected at all times. Some devices even offer two-way communication through the pendant, making it possible to talk to your loved one directly during an emergency.
3. Your loved one is becoming forgetful
If your loved one's memory isn't what it used to be, it's imperative that you introduce a PERS device to them as soon as possible so that they will know how to use it if their memory continues to get worse. Many Alzheimer's patients are too far gone to learn and remember how to use a PERS device, rendering the device useless in an emergency. By introducing the device now and making sure they use it, they'll be more likely to remember to call for help in an emergency, even when they're not lucid. That means peace of mind for you and peace of mind for them during the scary process of getting older.
4. Your loved one lives alone
If there's nobody actively living with your loved one, a PERS Device will give them a direct line to you, a friend, 911, or another family member in an emergency. Falls account for a large percentage of deaths. If your loved one fell and got injured while living alone, they could spend hours alone on the floor before anyone comes along to help them, which can lead to serious injury when left untreated too long, and even death. They apply to more than just falls, though. A PERS device is perfect for singles because it offers them just as much peace of mind as it provides you.
Remember, 9 out of 10 people want to age at home instead of at a senior care center, and LogicMark's PERS devices can help make that possible. PERS devices provide freedom and independence to thousands of aging families every day. If protecting what matters most is essential to you, be sure to get in touch with LogicMark today to help you find the perfect system to suit your needs.