Use this self-assessment as a guide to determine if a medical alert service is right for you.
A medical alert service can help independent older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions feel more confident to continue living independently in the one place they feel most comfortable - their own home.
To find out if it's the right time to consider a medical alert service for yourself or someone you care for, ask yourself the following 9 simple questions.
- Are you alone for several hours during the day and/or night?
- In the past year, have you fallen or been afraid of falling in your home?
- Have you been hospitalized or been to the emergency room in the past year?
- Do you have at least one of these chronic ailments (heart disease, stroke, COPD, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis)?
- Do you use a cane, walker, wheelchair, stair climber or other assistive device to help with balance or walking?
- Are you required to take several daily medications?
- Do you require assistance with at least one of the following activities (bathing, toileting, dressing, meal preparation, etc.)?
- Would a medical alert service provide peace of mind for your loved ones?
- Is it important for you to continue living independently?
6-9 Yes Answers
This high score indicates there is a serious risk for a fall or other medical incident, suggesting that a medical alert service may be strongly advised.
3-5 Yes Answers
This score indicates there is a risk for a fall or other incident, suggesting that a medical alert service would be helpful and should be considered.
1-2 Yes Answers
This score indicates a medical alert service could be an important step towards maintaining independent living. Ask yourself two important questions:
- If you fell tonight, how would you get up?
- If you can't get up, how will you get help?