Seniors typically strive to live independent lifestyles, and with a medical alert service, they can safely achieve this goal. A medical alert pendant will provide a senior with the ability to effortlessly summon help in the event of a medical emergency. They simply press the pendant’s button and they are immediately put into contact with a highly-trained operative who will evaluate the situation and dispatch first responders.
Some medical alert pendants also feature fall detection and GPS components. When a senior falls, the pendant automatically summons help. GPS pendant services effortlessly locate a senior who has become lost or disoriented.
Tucson, Arizona has a population of 530,706 individuals. Out of that population, 13 percent is made up of seniors over the age of 65, according to the United States Census Bureau. The senior population in the town will only continue to grow as baby boomers retire at a rapid rate. Estimates project that the population growth will continue and that within 30 years, it will burgeon to a city that boasts over two million individuals.
The sheer size of Tucson makes rapid emergency response difficult. Unlike many cities, Tucson spreads out over a distance of 200 square miles. The city has over 80,000 emergency calls every year. Approximately 60 percent of the time, responders achieve a four-minute response time. Other times, the response time can reach six minutes. On rare occasions, in some sections of the city, the response time is seven or more minutes. Overall, the response times in Tucson are considerably less than in most of the United States, which hover at around eight minutes.
The Banner University Center Tucson is nationally accredited in four adult specialties, according to a U.S. News & World Report. They are also high performing in four specialties and five procedures. The hospital is not only a medical center but a teaching hospital. Also within the city are the Banner University Medical Center South, the Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, the CHG Hospital, the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern Arizona, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson, the Kindred Hospital, Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital, Sierra Tucson and the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
Despite the numerous hospitals, only one has achieved national accreditation.
In recent years, diabetes has become an epidemic among seniors. It is believed that many have a genetic predisposition toward the disease. Native Americans and Latin Americans appear to be at an increased risk. A high rate of obesity among seniors nationwide also contributes to a wide array of health disorders like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
Tucson is the second most populated city in the state of Arizona. Its senior population tends to grow and recede seasonally. Many retirees flock to the city during the winter months, but when the heat of summer arrives, they leave town for a few months. There is little doubt that medical alert services can help a senior maintain their independence.
Although Medicare and most private insurance companies do not pay for medical alert services, there are typically local and statewide programs that may help absorb some of the monthly expenses. Medical alert services provide peace of mind by letting a senior know that no matter what should happen, help will be on the way.