Medical Alert Systems vs. Senior Assisted Living
Posted on May 05, 2014
in Elder Care Planning
Updated 8/14/15 3:26pm | Alert1’s
alert systems aren’t always the right choice for every family. Deciding
where your father or mother should live is one of the hardest decisions you
will have to make. Should
mom live in an independent living facility or choose assisted living? Should
they move in with me or can they age
in place at home? Which homecare option is the best?
explores the top three factors when deciding
between Alert1 and assisted living.
Alert1 Cost vs Assisted Living:
On a cost basis, a medical
alert system for seniors is the most affordable option. According to a Genworth survey of long-term care providers, the
annual cost of a room in assisted living is $87,600. Assuming your mom spends
three years in assisted living, that room would cost $262,800. That’s far more
than an Ivy League education!
you opt for a semi-private assisted living room instead. That’s $77,380, it’s
little less than a private room but still a hefty amount. If the senior
costs of living continue to rise relative to inflation, there is a slim
chance that more than a handful will be able to afford such care.
Alert1 is a more affordable alternative to LifeAlert and a much more affordable than
assisted living. With Alert1, your mom receives medical attention only when she
needs it. At the push of button, your mom can alert the emergency operators at
our 24-hour emergency
monitoring center. The price of this aging in place option is much less–
only $300 per year.
comes to cost, Alert1 is the clear winner.
Seniors and Familiar Surroundings
keeps you in familiar surroundings. Assisted living does not.
living means moving mom from her home. This might leave her without the
items she treasures. The move displaces her from the community she has spent
years involved in. For some seniors, this can be a traumatic experience.
in place with Alert1 means staying in her home. It means continuation of
her life. It means keeping the memories alive and building new ones. No
displacement. No traumatic experiences. And for many, better outcomes.
criteria of familiar surroundings, Alert1 is the clear winner.
Social engagement for Seniors
interaction is vital to senior’s health and happiness. Assisted living
facilities ensure an active social life. People are everywhere, and no one is
completely alone for the entire day. Your mom’s new best friend could be right
next door. Meals are akin to social hour. Communities put the social life in
the residents’ hands. Social committees help plan events, bring in
entertainment, and exercise together. This empowers residents and makes sure
they always have something to do.
Alert1 system doesn’t bring any more programming or social activity to your
loved one’s life. Seniors remain active members of their community as they age,
others do not. Some seniors
increase internet use to keep active socially but for many seniors, going
out becomes harder with age.
comes to social interaction, assisted living facilities beats Alert1.
Our Senior Champion is…
three even rounds, Alert1 comes out on top. First, aging
in place reduces the costs of aging. Second, your loved one does not have
to leave home and hearth. For many, this is priceless. Finally, while the
social elements of assisted living appeal to some, uprooting your life is not
of living choice, your job is to help your parents pursue their happiness. If
they are choosing to age in place, Alert1
is the company seniors can trust. You can rest assured that you made the
right decision for your family.
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