If ever there was a place that seniors should feel safe and secure, it’s within the walls of their own homes. Medical alert systems can help seniors to feel independent, safe and secure while at home. If a senior is in distress, they can simply press a button and be immediately connected to an agent in a monitoring center. These systems are easy to set up and even easier to use. A medical alert system can provide a senior with peace of mind. When the alert button is pressed, the senior will be immediately connected to either an agent, a predetermined loved one or an emergency contact.
Minneapolis’ population is approximately 420,000, and it is the sixteenth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city is also the largest in Minnesota. It is projected that by the year 2030, the number of adults ages 65 and older will have doubled, while the younger population will increase minimally. In 2020, Minnesota's senior population is expected to surpass the school-age population for the first time in history. This projected major demographic shift will have a major impact on the city’s workforce, economy, housing, health care and social services.
In 2017, Minneapolis’ average response time was 9 minutes 47, seconds. In southwest Minneapolis, the average response time for a Priority One was 10 minutes, 22 seconds. The standard state average response time should be nine minutes. The average Priority One response times have fluctuated between 9 minutes and above since 2013. In 2016, the average response time was 9 minutes 35 seconds.
Officials claim that staffing levels play a significant role in delayed response times. City officials confirm that the number of emergency personnel currently stands at 852, however that number is expected to increase to 900 by the year’s end.
The federal government recently conducted a study and released ratings for hospitals nationwide, including dozens of facilities in Minnesota. The study was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the ratings were based on statistics such as patient satisfaction and hospital standards. Only 102 hospitals in the country received perfect scores. The Mayo Clinic’s hospital in Rochester was the only facility in Minnesota to earn the highest rating. More than 40 Minnesota hospitals received four stars, including Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Hennepin County Medical Center and Regions Hospital in St. Paul were the only Minnesota hospitals that received two stars. No facilities were ranked with one star.
Minneapolis is often viewed as one of the healthiest cities in the country, however, it faces the same challenges as the nation overall: an aging population and the presence of many chronic diseases. Chronic diseases are among the main causes of disability in Minneapolis. Seniors exhibited the highest rates of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They also had the highest rate of congestive heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart disease and kidney disease. Seniors who are at risk of experiencing a medical emergency may find reassurance in knowing that a medical alert system can help to increase a senior’s quality of life while helping them to stay independent.
Minneapolis is infamous for its cold winters, but even so, many seniors flock to the city in preparation for retirement. As seniors age in Minneapolis, their goal is to remain mobile and independent. A medical alert system featuring GPS can help to ensure that seniors can receive prompt and efficient medical attention when needed, even when they are out and about. Systems can also be customized to include: fall detection, GPS capabilities, reminders, sensors and monitors, to suit each senior’s specific needs.