Seniors are more active than ever before. Medical alert systems can provide a means for seniors to maintain their independence. Fortunately, Indiana has a program that provides medical alert devices to low-income seniors. If a senior does not qualify, consideration should still be given to investing in a medical alert system.
Medical alert systems can be used in the home, as well as on the go if a mobile medical alert unit is used. Medical alert devices also allow seniors to be monitored 24/7. If the medical alert system includes GPS, the senior’s location can be directly pinpointed.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Indiana has a population of seven million residents. Nearly one million are seniors over the age of 65. Seniors are at a greater risk of experiencing falls and other medical disasters in their homes. Keeping Indiana seniors safe can be accomplished with medical alert systems. Regardless of where the senior lives in Indiana, a medical alert system can provide the link needed to ensure that there is access to help in the event of an emergency.
The number of seniors living in Indiana is expected to increase over the next few decades, as baby boomers reach retirement age and live longer. A medical alert system can provide the safety net needed for seniors to live independently and safety in their homes.
Gauging emergency response times has been routinely used as an indicator to assess the performance of first responders in the state of Indiana. The average response time in Indiana is 6 minutes and 13 seconds. The most serious types of calls received were for chest pain. The state of Indiana understands that low response times for emergency services are very important in minimizing further complications that may arise from high emergency response times.
The states were ranked on health care by U.S. News using a variety of broad benchmarks which included: access to health care, quality of provided health care and the overall health of the population in Indiana. Concerning measures, such as the number of seniors without health insurance and the number of seniors who failed to receive routine checkups in the past year, were considered in the study. Overall, Indiana ranked 40th in health care, 32nd in access to health care, 32nd in health care quality, and 42nd in public health.
Each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia were included in a study completed by the AARP. Among other factors, the study compared medical care, affordability, access and choice of provider. Indiana had the lowest ranking in the nation. Indiana also ranked the lowest in the nation in regards to long-term care for seniors and those with disabilities. Nevertheless, according to the U.S Census Bureau, the percentage of seniors who were uninsured decreased from almost 15 percent in 2013 to less than 12 percent in 2014—and to less than ten percent in 2015.
More than one million seniors call Indiana home. Unfortunately, they are at an increased risk of falls, accidents and other medical emergencies than the general population. Medical alert systems aid in performing one essential function: getting help. The units are small and can be placed within a senior’s home to connect them to a loved one or a monitoring center at the press of a button.
Agents are trained to assess the situation and contact family members or medical responders in the event of an emergency. Most medical alert systems offer quick response times, ensuring that seniors can stay connected while being safe and independent.