Staying safe in our later years is a big consideration when deciding whether to stay put or to relocate. Medical alert systems are no longer confined strictly to the home or a measly 600-foot base monitor range, which means we can get up and go at the drop of a hat. But where to?
If you are cost-conscious, then you might want to consider going South, whereas if you have a known team of trusted medical advisors, migrating to the Northeast might be more suitable. That said, and if you fall into the latter category, New Jersey could be the place for you and your mobile emergency response system.
Nearly two decades ago, New Jersey used to be one of just a handful of states that had over nine million persons aged 65 or older. These days, however, the state has only a fraction of that same demographic or roughly 1.3 million folks. This equates to approximately 15 percent of the total population, which is nothing to scoff at, especially given the concentration of all citizens within and across New Jersey.
While this might seem off-putting to some, those aged 65 and over report having great social lives, as well as easy access to popular beaches and well-maintained highways.
New Jersey lands in the middle of the pack when it comes to emergency response times. On average, patients waited 24 minutes for urgent care, over two hours to be checked into a long-term care room after arriving at the ER, and another 2.5 hours to be discharged. This says nothing of the 53-minute wait for pain management while sitting with a broken bone. Like all other states, though, older adults can speed their access to emergency care by investing in a subscription-based medical alert system that maintains their medical history on file.
Additionally, some seniors may feel comfortable wearing their files vis-à-vis a USB-enabled pendant or bracelet. No matter which option you go with, be sure to let first responders know of any known allergies, as well as where to access your details.
Health care in New Jersey received high marks from the U.S. News survey with an overall ranking of #12 based on a top-five score in public health. Quality of care came in at #23 with access to care finishing a solid 17th. Adult dental visits also scored a top-five finish with wellness visits graded as #2 in the nation, just behind Rhode Island.
These top marks do not come without their trade-offs, though, as affordability ranked 32nd on account of higher costs of living as well as spending nearly the most on healthcare per person—a whopping $8,859 each and every year.
Health services in New Jersey are definitely at a premium. Consider that an average year spent in an assisted living facilities costs, on average, $68,700, with nursing homes almost double that at $117,000. Aging in place might be a far better option if one is able to take advantage of Medicare and other incentive programs, but true savings might come at the expense of moving.
Need yet another reason to leave the Jersey Shore? Look no further than the fact that the state ranks #46 for wellbeing. In terms of people liking where they live and having a sense of community pride, this is not a great score. If you are unable or unwilling to move, however, then do consider investing in a robust in-home medical alert system to offset the need for 24-hour care.
While healthcare in the state of New Jersey can be of high quality, affordability is not always an option. New Jersey is a very densely populated state with options for continued social interaction, but as with all things comes with tradeoffs that could hurt your bottom dollar. If you need to stretch your money still further, then phone-based and non-subscription medical alert services could afford you the peace of mind to continue to live independently and safely. Any health conditions should be reported to first responders to speed your emergency response time.
Overall, the best bet for receiving quality care in the Garden State might just be looking for a less densely populated area with strong cell phone service and medical alert network providers.