Pacheco, CA (PressExposure) April 08, 2009 -- Seniors who live at home alone without an emergency alert system in place are at risk. If they should fall without anyone knowing, it often can result in a serious or life-threatening injury. Without monitoring in place, they risk losing their independence and may be faced with the need to move into a nursing home, a much more expensive alternative. Serious falls alone affect more than one-third of all Americans over the age of 65 every year.
"According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury death for Americans older than 65," explains Warren Heffelfinger, the CEO of Bay Alarm Medical ( http://bayalarmmedical.com/ ), a leading provider of medical alert systems for seniors. "Often, someone who has fallen may be left on the floor for hours or even days until someone finds them and can call for help. If they remain on the floor for long, they could die or become severely disabled."
As the Baby Boomer generation ages, there will be more seniors than ever before living at home. Bay Alarm Medical offers one of the most effective solutions to this growing problem. Even if seniors are not living alone, their caregivers cannot be with them continuously and respite care may be too expensive and not covered by insurance.
With the aging Baby Boomer generation 78 million strong and people living longer than in decades past, one of the biggest issues seniors and their families confront is the prospect of needing, and potentially providing, long-term care at some point in their lives.
According to Heffelfinger, with the aid of a personal emergency response system, an immediate response is just a push of a button away. With live, trained operators available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the system makes it possible for seniors to get the help they need in their own homes, when they need it, and where they need it. And the cost is far less than nursing home care.
Monitoring systems typically have two key components. The first is a 2-way voice base station, which connects to a power outlet and a standard phone jack. The second is a transmitter that can be attached to a necklace, waistband or wrist, for easy and continuous wear. They are waterproof, so they can be worn in the bath or shower, where falls are particularly common.
How the Bay Alarm Medical System Works ( [http://bayalarmmedical.com/HowItWorks/] )
* Alert Button - Immediately activates your Emergency Response System and connects you to a Medical Response Alert Center
* Live Operator - A trained emergency response operator will quickly respond to assess your situation and needs
* Quick Response - The operator will stay in contact with you until help arrives
Robert Teichera, a Bay Alarm Medical customer who cares for his wife at home, is pleased with his experience of the medical alarm service. "A friend of mine has the system, so I went through all of the procedures with him," said Teichera. "You could hear a pin drop on his end. It picked up a very light voice from the other room. I no longer worry if I need to leave the house."
For more information about personal emergency response systems, or for a Free In-Home Fall Risk Assessment, contact Bay Alarm Medical at 1-877-522-9633 or visit http://www.BayAlarmMedical.com.
About Bay Alarm Medical
Bay Alarm Medical provides peace of mind for seniors, their children, and their caregivers by providing a system that will bring a ready response to any medical emergency. Funded by Bay Alarm, which provides home and fire protection for customers throughout California, Bay Alarm Medical began offering its medical alert system in 2008. Press Release Distribution By PressReleasePoint