Many seniors find themselves concerned about falling or experiencing a medical emergency when they are alone. Medical alert systems enable seniors the convenience of pressing a wearable alert button which connects them with a dispatcher, who can send emergency help or contact a friend or family member. Seniors are usually at a higher risk of falling or experiencing a medical emergency and may benefit significantly from such a device. There is a wide variety of medical alert options to choose from, allowing seniors the option to select the best system to fit their needs.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Washington's population exceeds seven million. Its population grew by nearly 30 percent between the years of 2000 and 2017, rising from the previous average of 13 percent. The aging trend is similar to what’s happening across the nation. The nation’s number of seniors ages 65 and older rose to nearly 22 percent over that seven-year period, rising from a previous 13 percent.
It is estimated that at least 28 percent of Washington’s seniors are living alone. Fortunately, a medical alert system can provide seniors with security and peace of mind in knowing that they are never truly alone during an emergency.
For decades, Washington has led the nation in its 911 medical response times. The ambulance system is "based on a medical model," which focuses on the seamless flow of providing quality care to those who are in need. First responders take pride in arriving quickly to the scene of medical emergencies. Each first responder is trained as an emergency medical technician who can provide the needed lifesaving skills. Washington boasts an average response time of eight minutes or less, 90 percent of the time.
A state’s quality of health is determined heavily by the overall health of its residents. In evaluating Washington’s quality of health, a Best States study rated overall health care as sixth out of all states in the nation. The study compared access to preventative medical and dental treatment. Additionally, the percentage of adults without health insurance plummeted to a record low, falling below 10 percent. The quality of health care provided by the state of Washington ranked second in the nation.
To determine which seniors receive the highest and lowest health care quality, WalletHub compared each state in the nation. Experts provided insight on the future of seniors health by comparing a variety of different metrics. Seniors across the nation have access to health care; however, the costs and service quality may vary widely from state to state. The metrics compared were overall health of the population, advanced medical capabilities, and treatment. In a ranking of 1 to 50, Washington ranked in at 26.
Washington offers a variety of services to its senior community. In addition to services, seniors should also consider investing in a medical alert system, especially if they live alone. These systems provide the reassurance that help can be called simply by pressing a button. Due to increasing medical alert technology, medical alerts can also be beneficial to seniors who have active lives.
Many medical alert devices can be upgraded to include mobile systems which can travel with seniors wherever they may go. Systems can also include GPS and cellular technology, which can determine where the senior is in the event an emergency occurs away from home.