My parents are getting older and I’ve begun to start worrying about them. My father and his wife are rarely apart so I’m not as worried about them but my mom, she lives by herself. I take that back, she has a roommate right now but you never know how that situation will play out. I wonder if I should sign her up for medial alert services.
My mom, Rachel, lives about 40 minutes south of us. She lives in a mobile home park with a ton of friends and neighbors around but it’s like the shoe is on the other foot and I worry about her more than she worries about me. Strange how that works. She is very active and actually has two small part times jobs taking care of ladies older than her. But she is diabetic and has been hospitalized three times in the last 7 years.
The first time was super scary. She had the flu and some stomach issues. She went in and we were told her kidneys were failing. While she was in she had a heart attach and suffered blood clots. She was in the hospital for three weeks! The second time was scheduled, a hip replacement. The third time, thankfully she had friends visiting and her blood pressure was not right and they took her to the ER. Her medications were not controlled properly by the doctors. She did not have to stay for that last time.
So of course I worry about her.
I asked my husband who is a retired firefighter/paramedic what he thought of medical alarms. You know the ones that the seniors wear around like a necklace or bracelet. He thought they were a great idea. He worked in a high senior area and went on many calls as a result. His only negative was that the calls were not directly linked to 911. I can see how it’s a good thing and a bad thing. Responders wouldn’t need to go on calls that were only false alarms.
I honestly can’t see my mom wearing one at this time but I will be keeping in mind for the future.
Do you know anyone who wears a medical alert?