According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 30 percent of seniors over the age of 65 will experience falls in their homes each year. A medical alert system can help seniors to ensure that they are protected in the event that a medical emergency occurs and assistance is not readily available in the home. A medical alert system can serve as the perfect addition to a senior’s life. By simply pressing the alert button, a senior can immediately be connected to an agent in the monitoring center who will quickly send help.
According to statistics, there are more seniors aged 65 or older living in California than in any other state in the nation. San Francisco has an estimated population of 870,000. The city has experienced a nearly 21 percent increase in the senior population since the year 2000. By 2030, it is expected that the over-65 population will grow by four million people. Many members of the senior population live alone, suggesting an increased number of accidents and falls in the home.
Medical alert systems can help seniors to remain independent by providing a link for seniors to reach help in the event of an emergency. Preserving senior health and longevity can be as simple as the push of button, allowing independent seniors to live alone without ever really being alone.
When an emergency occurs, the public expects emergency services to arrive within minutes; however, there are many response factors that may delay arrival times. National guidelines require that 90 percent of emergency calls be answered within 10 seconds; however, San Francisco has not met that standard since 2012. In 2015, only 79 percent of the 1.27 million emergency calls received were answered within the 10-second standard.
San Francisco ambulance response times are nearly meeting the target goal of arriving on-scene within 10 minutes, 90 percent of the time. The improvement is attributed to the hiring of more staff and greater coordination between private ambulance companies.
San Francisco’s medical facilities consistently surpass the national standards of care. U.S. News and World Report ranked more than 4,500 hospitals and medical centers in the nation. Each facility was rated in 25 specialties, conditions and procedures. Twenty facilities received an exceptional distinction, given to hospitals that provide exceptional treatment across multiple specialties. To receive an exceptional distinction, the facility must excel in caring for the most medically complex patients. UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco was ranked number five in the nation. UCSF Medical Center also achieved the highest rating possible in eight procedures and conditions.
Seniors in San Francisco face a number of health-related issues as they grow older. Some of the most common health issues seniors face in San Francisco are: heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and congestive heart failure. The diagnoses of coronary artery disease have declined, however, cases of congestive heart failure are rising and are expected to increase dramatically as the population ages. A medical alert system may be an essential tool in allowing seniors to remain in their homes safely.
According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly 30 percent of the senior population lives alone. For added protection, seniors can choose a medical alert system. Systems can also be mobile, to protect seniors wherever they may go. Medical alert systems can also be equipped with GPS capabilities. In the event a senior needs help but does not know their immediate location, an agent at the monitoring center can pinpoint the senior’s exact location.
In addition, systems can be customized to include sensors that detect falls. If a fall is detected, the senior will be automatically connected to the monitoring center. Medical alerts allow seniors to age at home, leading to improved health and prolonged independence.