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It’s true, what they say – there really is, “no place like home.” No one wants to move from a home they love with familiar surroundings and happy memories.
According to AARP research, nearly 90% of people 50+ want to “age in place” – that is, they wish to stay in their own homes indefinitely as they age. Relatively few people (just 14%) expect they will need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care at any point. Even those who need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement would overwhelmingly prefer to stay in their homes (82%).
For many seniors, the desire to stay at home is more than an issue of comfort; it runs deep. In the research study, “Aging in Place in America,” by Clarity and The EAR Foundation, seniors rated loss of independence (26%) and moving out of home into a nursing home (13%) as their greatest fears – even more than death itself.
Still, the majority of seniors determined to age in place (89%) are concerned about their ability to do so safely. The risks grow more real as they begin to experience reduced eyesight, poorer balance, reduced flexibility, etc. The National Council on Aging reports that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
Housing features, modifications, and technologies play an important role in keeping seniors safe and independent in their homes. Per AARP, 79% of seniors identified a personal alert system that allows people to call for help in emergencies as an especially important housing features in the later years.
Medical alert systems such as MobileHelp® are designed to signal an emergency requiring urgent attention and to call emergency medical personnel. They can also alert family members and caregivers. When triggered (usually by pressing a button or through automatic fall detection in a pendant or portable unit), the system sends a signal with your information and location to an emergency operator. The situation is then assessed, and medical personnel are dispatched or family members are contacted if required.
MobileHelp® was the first company to provide medical alert systems that operate both outside of your home. Their technology is powered by AT&T’s nationwide wireless voice and data network and GPS technology, and does not require landline phones. This enables MobileHelp to provide real-time medical monitoring services and location tracking for expedited personal emergency assistance both in and out of the home – on a walk, in the car, shopping, even on vacation. They also offer an option for in-home monitoring only.