More than 30 percent of seniors in Columbus, Ohio live alone. A medical alert system can serve as a valuable tool for seniors. Medical alert systems ensure that help will be available at the touch of a button in the event of an emergency. A reliable link to help can aid in providing seniors with reassurance and peace of mind. When the alert button is pressed, a trained agent will immediately assess the seriousness of the situation. A landline is not required for medical alert systems. A majority of medical alert systems are cellular based and can operate anywhere in the United States.
The senior population in Ohio has grown significantly since 2000. It currently has one of the largest senior communities in the United States. Nearly two million seniors over the age of 65 now live in the state. Columbus is the state capital and is the most populous city in Ohio. With a population of 860,090, Columbus is the 14th-most populous city in the nation. Nearly 10 percent of Columbus’ population consists of seniors. Due to the growing senior population, the city provides a vast array of services for its seniors.
Columbus has approximately 10,000 EMS providers, whose services range from paramedics to first responders. Paramedics and first responders are trained to provide quick and efficient care to ill and injured residents in the city. The City Council voted that EMS personnel must adhere to a response time of eight minutes or less. Columbus averages at meeting the standard at a rate of 80 percent. Due to road obstructions, weather and unavailability of response addresses, the eight-minute standard consistently fluctuates by several percentage points each month.
The state of Ohio has 220 hospitals. Twenty-six of the state’s hospitals meet the high standards set by U.S. News. To be nationally ranked, a hospital must consistently excel in caring for the most medically complex patients. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus is nationally ranked in multiple adult specialties. Ohio Health Riverside Hospital in Columbus ranks first in adult specialty. The facility also rated as high performing in two additional specialties and eight procedures and conditions.
According to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” released August 2017, Ohio has the 19th highest adult obesity rate in the nation. Ohio's adult obesity rate is consistently increasing, and currently 32 percent of adults in Columbus are obese. As the senior population continues to live longer, they are at an increased risk of developing diseases and other health conditions. The high obesity rate in Columbus can be blamed on many factors, including unhealthy habits, poor diet and lack of exercise. Cancer, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease are also prominent in Columbus.
Americans are living longer. This contributes to the rising population of seniors ages 65 and older. Columbus/Franklin County utilizes many senior services as a means to aid the population and promote independence. Medical alert systems can also be used to enable older residents to age in their own homes, rather than be placed in long-term care facilities. Medical alert systems can be used both in the home and on the go. Seniors can also choose from a full line of upgrades and customizations designed to fit their unique needs. Medical alert customization can provide additional peace of mind for seniors who desire more than the standard system.