Medical Alerts for Seniors in California

Medical Alerts for Seniors in California

time icon 4 min read update icon Sept. 29, 2019


Medical alert systems can help keep you safe. There are in-home and mobile medical alert systems available. An in-home system can be used anywhere in your home. You wear a pendant that can be pressed to immediately summon help. A mobile medical alert system is ideal for a senior who enjoys taking walks or suffers from dementia because it can be used anywhere. You simply wear a pendant to summon immediate assistance in the event of an emergency. Many medical alert pendants also feature fall detection. If you fall and you are knocked unconscious, the device will immediately call for help.

Population Density

California is one of the fast-growing states. Currently, seniors who are 65 and older make up 14 percent of the state’s population. By 2020, it is projected to be home to 14 percent of the nation’s population. The population of seniors is expected to grow twice as fast. The projected increase is going to be 112 percent in some counties, with others experiencing an increase of 150 percent. After 2020, there is projected to be an even bigger increase in the elderly population of California. 

Emergency Response Times

The time between when a call for help is made and the time a first responder arrives is critical. In many medical emergencies such as cardiac events and strokes, this time period can be a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, California ranks number four as one of the worst states for emergency response times, according to the Mercury News

The average time for first responders to arrive after a call is 34 minutes. In many rural locations, it is far longer. However, some urban areas such as San Diego are extremely successful with their emergency response time—averaging less than 5 minutes in 54 percent of cases. 

Medical Care in California

California ranks first in the nation for public healthcare. US News ranks the state 14th for quality of medical care. Nursing home quality also received a 14. California does rank third for the lowest health insurance premium costs when compared to all other states. Overall, residents of the state of California are considered some of the healthiest in the nation. It has the lowest rates of obesity, physical inactivity, and smoking in the nation. It has also experienced a continuous decrease in violent crime since 1990. 

Unfortunately, in the last couple of decades, air pollution, wildfires and drought have taken their toll on the state and its population. Many individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and other lung conditions have had a difficult time living in the state. 

Senior Health Rating in California

California is considered one of the best places in the nation to retire because of its livability and access to healthcare. Unfortunately, the state is also ranked third as one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. This makes it difficult for a senior on a fixed income to survive and obtain the healthcare they require to remain healthy. According to the California HealthCare Foundation, nearly one in four Californians are enrolled in Medi-Cal. 

For seniors with adequate funds, California offers acceptable health care with a good rating. However, for seniors living on a fixed income, affording medical care in this state is a challenge because of the rising costs. 

Other State Considerations

Within the state of California, medical alert services can be a lifesaver. With the service, a senior can quickly and effortlessly summon emergency medical technicians. Throughout the state, many seniors are opting to live independent lives, so having a medical alert service offers peace of mind. It does not matter if you live in a thriving metropolis or in a rural area of the state—medical alert services can help you maintain your lifestyle by keeping you safe.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.