Doctors often recommend medical alerts as a means for seniors to incorporate independence, safety and protection. In the past, medical alert systems were often believed to be too expensive; however, seniors in Iowa have a large range of affordable medical care systems to choose from. A medical alert system ensures that in the event of an emergency, medical care will be on the way quickly. A medical alert system is often the most important tool in a senior’s safety plan.
The estimated population of seniors over the age of 65 in Iowa is nearly 500,000. The senior population accounts for nearly 16 percent of Iowa’s total population. In a study conducted by Woods & Poole Economics, Inc., Iowa’s senior population is projected to increase to 20 percent by 2019.
The medical alert system was specifically designed to protect seniors during medical emergencies. A medical alert system can also help seniors remain independent and aid a senior in avoiding a retirement home, as maintaining senior health and longevity can be as simple as pressing a button. Additionally, seniors are never alone with medical alerts. In the event of a medical emergency or fall, help will be there in moments.
First responders are professionals that are trained, prepared and ready to provide care and aid during the most urgent times of medical need. There are more than 13,000 first responders certified to work within Iowa. Due to the abundance of first responder professionals, Iowa’s emergency response time averages less than seven minutes on each emergency call. Unfortunately, response time stats are not available for 51 of Iowa's 99 counties, due to a state law that forbids the public disclosure of emergency response times.
The Best States ranking of each state in the nation compares thousands of statistical points to gauge how well states perform. Many seniors have ready access to quality medical care, while others face numerous obstacles, preventing them from receiving basic health care services. The lack of access to medical care increases the public health and financial burden on individuals. Iowa received top rankings when scored on quality of health care provided. Iowa also received a ranking of first in health care affordability. Additionally, the state received a ranking of second in Medicare quality. The state received a fifth ranking in access to health care, and a fifth ranking in quality of health care.
The analysts at WalletHub conducted a study to determine which states provide the best and worst overall health care to seniors. The study compared 35 factors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Among the factors compared were cost and accessibility to medical services. According to the analysis, Iowa ranked third; among the top 10 best states in which seniors can receive health care.
Other factors considered were the cost of medical and dental visits, monthly insurance premiums costs, quality of hospital facilities, life expectancy rates, heart disease rates and cancer rates.
Iowa’s senior population accounts for almost 16 percent of the state’s total population. Many of these seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, rather than live in a senior home or facility. Living alone may be dangerous for some seniors, as it is estimated that 30 percent of seniors will suffer a fall while at home. Fortunately, medical alert systems can make it safer for seniors to remain living at home.
The medical alert system usually includes a device that is worn on a senior’s body. When the alert button is pressed, a monitoring service will immediately be alerted. Agents are available 24/7 to provide assistance. If deemed necessary, an ambulance will be dispatched to wherever the senior is in Iowa.