With medical alert services, a senior can continue to live a safe, productive and independent life. If an emergency should occur, the senior simply presses the button on a wearable medical alert pendant to immediately be placed into contact with a highly trained operator who will dispatch first responders. Some medical alert service pendants even boast fall detection components and GPS location to further keep the senior safe.
If a senior falls, the pendant will summon help if the senior is unable to speak. Also, the GPS location service helps emergency responders locate the senior if they should become lost or wander away from the home. A GPS medical alert pendant is ideal for a senior suffering from early onset dementia.
Sacramento has been labeled one of the fastest growing cities in the state of California. Recent retirees and other would-be residents are flocking to the region to establish a life. Currently, Sacramento boasts a population of just under half a million residents. Seniors make up 12.1 percent of the population. That ratio is only expected to grow as baby boomers start to retire every year. By the year 2020, the senior population in and around Sacramento is forecasted to double, according to the California Department of Aging.
Despite the state of California’s dismal overall emergency response times, Sacramento does not appear to suffer from the slowness that plagues so much of the state. In Sacramento, 90 percent of all calls are responded to within six minutes. This is substantially below the standard response time of eight minutes in the United States. There is no doubt that a fast response time can save lives, especially in the event of a cardiac arrest or a stroke.
The city of Sacramento is home to the University of California, Davis Medical Center, which is considered the best hospital in the city according to U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is nationally ranked in 11 specialties. It is also considered high performing in one adult specialty and seven procedures.
The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is considered high performing in two specialties. The Methodist Hospital of Sacramento is high performing in one procedure. The Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California is nationally ranked in two pediatric specialties. The Sutter Roseville Medical Center is considered high ranking in two procedures. There a total of 20 hospitals in the Sacramento area.
Within Sacramento, 70 percent of the Latino population is overweight, according to the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. Over 50 percent of the city’s Asian residents are also overweight. Caucasian obesity also remains a serious problem. Obesity contributes to a wide array of health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. It would appear that seniors within the city are simply not receiving the needed amount of exercise, which places them at a considerable risk for a bevy of health conditions.
Sacramento is growing by leaps and bounds. With the growth and expansion of the city, it is becoming very important that a senior living an independent lifestyle can quickly summon emergency help. With medical alert services, a senior can rest easy knowing that no matter what emergency they face, they can always call for first responders with the medical alert pendant.
Medical alert services are typically never covered by Medicare and rarely by private insurance companies. However, there are usually a variety of state or local services that can help cover the monthly expense for qualifying seniors.