Medical Alerts for Seniors in Florida

Medical Alerts for Seniors in Florida

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


There is little doubt that medical alert systems successfully keep a senior safe. With an upsurge in seniors living independent lives, mobile and in-home medical alert systems are ideal. A senior can wear a pendant that allows them to effortlessly summon help in the event of an emergency. 

Medical alert pendants come with built-in GPS features, so if a senior should become lost or sustain an injury or medical crisis while away from home, they can still summon help and be easily located by first responders. Fall alert medical pendants are designed to summon help if a senior should fall and be knocked unconscious. 

Population Density

Florida is a favorite retirement destination for many seniors. In 2017, 19.1 percent of the state’s population was 65 and older. This statistic is the highest in the nation. The senior populace is only expected to grow by leaps and bounds as more baby boomers enter retirement. Many members of the state’s senior population are considered ‘snowbirds,’ which means that they only live in the state during the winter months. 

This state is geared towards attracting retirees and also tourism, so not only will the general population rapidly reach retirement, but additional retirees will continue to flock to the Sunshine State. 

Emergency Response Times

Emergency response times are critical because in many cases, the emergency is a matter of life and death. Cardiac arrests, strokes and trauma are three medical emergencies that require prompt and immediate medical response in order to gain a favorable outcome. In thriving metropolises like St Petersburg, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando, response times vary from four to nine minutes. In rural locations, the response time may be longer. 

Medical Care in Florida

Medical care in Florida varies throughout the state, but with top hospitals like Shands in Gainesville, Orlando Regional in Orlando, Baptist Hospital in Miami, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, there is no shortage of top-of-the-line hospitals that are world-renowned for their superior care and specialists. Florida did not take the Medicaid expansion, so a 1.3 million residents who would have qualified for insurance remain uninsured. 

The state has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals in the country, with more than 3.6 million residents who have no insurance. Within the state, Medicaid accounts for 14 percent, and Medicare accounts for 17 percent, of the insured individuals. For those with insurance and financial resources, Florida has excellent medical care, but for the millions without insurance, the outlook is dismal. 

Senior Health Rating in Florida

Florida boasts numerous senior resources for the state’s burgeoning retiree population. Within the Sunshine State, many seniors who opt to live independent lives choose to live in senior housing communities without other like-minded retirees. Such communities offer a vast array of activities such as golfing, shuffleboard, tennis and swimming. 

Such outdoor activities help keep seniors in Florida healthy and high functioning. Healthcare is wide-spread and the scale of care varies greatly, but overall, it is geared towards Florida’s aging population. 

Other State Considerations

Anyone living an independent life can benefit from a medical alert system. Although Florida ranks high in emergency responses times and healthcare, the call for help must still be placed to receive the speedy services of first responders. Medical alert systems allow a senior to effortlessly summon immediate assistance in the event of an emergency. 

Many medical alert systems will also locate a lost senior with built-in GPS tracking and others have fall detection to alert help if the senior is unable function. All of the perks of a medical alert system make the device a true lifesaver.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

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