When an emergency occurs, a senior deserves to receive the fastest and most reliable emergency help possible. A medical alert system can serve as the ultimate protection and peace of mind for seniors. As seniors age, many strive to maintain their independence by remaining at home, rather than at a long-term care facility. If an emergency occurs in the home, a senior can press their alert button and be connected immediately to an agent in a monitoring center. Agents can stay on the line with the senior until help arrives.
Between the years of 2000 and 2010, North Carolina’s population increased by almost 1.5 million residents. North Carolina is the sixth fastest-growing state in the nation. Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly 850,000. North Carolina’s primary demographic for seniors aged 65 and older is Charlotte. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the senior population in Charlotte increased 27 percent between the years of 2010 and 2015. Charlotte is a desirable place for seniors to retire due to weather, as well as access to entertainment and healthcare.
When an emergency occurs in Charlotte, the goal of EMS is to respond in seven minutes or less. Nearly 40 percent of the time, Charlotte EMS does not meet its goal. Charlotte’s rapid growth and new construction is being blamed for delayed response times, however, NBC Charlotte found that the slowest response times were occurring in the areas north of the city. For this reason, county board members will soon vote on a new agreement. Unincorporated areas are seeking the means to provide their own police and EMS services.
Hospitals in Charlotte were ranked according to their performance in medical specialties and complex care services. Carolinas Medical Center, a teaching hospital in Charlotte, ranked nationally in two adult specialties and was rated as high performing in seven adult specialties and nine procedures and conditions. It also received excellent marks in patient safety, signifying a dedication to decreasing medical errors. The hospital also achieved the highest rating possible in nine conditions and procedures.
Studies have shown that seniors ages 65 and older should participate in moderate to high physical activity daily, as a means of improving and maintaining optimal health. Stroke, heart disease and lung disease are the leading diseases in Charlotte. Many instances of these diseases are preventable and result from risky behaviors and lifestyles. Tobacco use is among the leading causes of preventable disease among seniors in Charlotte. Also on the list are poor diet and lack of physical activity.
Fortunately, life alerts can be utilized both inside and outside of the home. Seniors can proceed with their active lifestyles, such as taking a walk or going to the gym, knowing that help is only a button press away.
North Carolina has developed a variety of programs to help seniors prevent and control chronic diseases and other health impairments. A medical alert system can provide seniors access to emergency services wherever they are, 24/7. A medical alert emergency alert pendant or bracelet can be worn at all times, even in the shower or bath. If a senior is alone when a crisis situation arises, by just pressing the alert button, they can immediately be connected to an agent who can summon the help that is needed.