A medical alert system can provide increased independence for seniors and peace of mind for loved ones and caregivers. As medical alert technology advances, the variety of features and options has evolved from the basic, wearable device with an alert button. Modern medical alert systems may now include fall prevention or detection capabilities, health and well-being monitoring, movement sensors, fitness trackers and more.
Chula Vista, CA has an estimated population of 270,000 people and is the 76th largest city in the United States. Research estimates that by the year 2030, the population of seniors age 65 and over will double. Additionally, the senior population over the age of 50 is expected to account for more than half of the population in the region by the year 2032.
As a result, Chula Vista has been working to meet the needs of the projected population growth to ensure that there are meaningful opportunities for all in the areas of transportation, housing, employment, health and other vital aspects of livability. The city is committed to creating a community that is inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
For six years, the Chula Vista EMT system has struggled to meet the seven-minute response time standard for the majority of 911 calls. The seven-minute standard was set by the city’s Growth Management Oversight Commission, which suggests that the seven-minute response time should be met at least 80 percent of the time.
Collected data shows that first responders almost met the standard in fiscal year 2016, as the department arrived on scene within seven minutes 78 percent of the time. The city’s union president cites a small budget, inadequate staffing and subpar equipment for the results. The city manager has since requested additional funds for equipment and personnel. In the meantime, the department will continue to work within their means to improve their response times.
Nine local hospitals in Chula Vista received high-performance rankings. Hospitals that are ranked as high performers are classified as some of the most exceptional medical facilities in the region. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is rated as a high performing general medical and surgical facility. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center has been recognized by HealthGrades for quality of care and patient treatment. In the past 12 months, the hospital has received two quality awards from Healthgrades.
The most common diseases that seniors in Chula Vista suffer from are stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease. Despite a decrease in reported cases, chronic diseases still account for more than 50 percent of all hospitalizations. Obesity is also a serious concern in Chula Vista. Data gathered in 2016 shows that 30 percent of adults in Chula Vista were obese. As with other diseases, obesity can increase the risks of falls, ankle twists, or other emergencies that may render a senior citizen unable to move or talk.
A medical alert device can allow the senior to simply press the alert button, alerting medical personnel of the emergency. Medical alerts can also be equipped with fall detection technology which will automatically alert of an emergency even if the button is not pressed.
Chula Vista culture is outdoor oriented. The city is in the South Bay and is home to several marinas. Therefore, common recreational activities include fishing, whale watching, rowing, archery, kayaking, soccer, tennis and cycling. Seniors are living longer, healthier lives, and medical alerts allow seniors to continue to live their best lives. Medical alerts help seniors to stay independent and active knowing that they can confidently and easily summon help in an emergency.