Medical Alert Systems Can Help Seniors Age in Place

When our children reach a certain age, we sit them down to have “the talk.” Then, once our parents reach a certain age, they sit us down to have “the talk.” For most elderly parents, that conversation dances around the idea of moving into an assisted living facility, trying out a retirement community, or hiring a home health aide. 

Maybe you’ve already considered a home health aide. Perhaps you’ve already hired someone to visit a few times each week. But, if you’re aging in place, it’s almost impossible to have round-the-clock care.

The best solution for a tricky problem is often the simplest: a medical alert system. These devices can be the perfect complement to at-home care, but they can also be an alternative. With the Alert1 Call Center, emergency services, and family just a button-push away, our devices contribute to safe, comfortable, and confident senior lives – and can sometimes help postpone difficult conversations.

Avoiding “The Talk”

Talking about moving to an assisted living community is a difficult subject for most seniors. Many of us want to stay in our homes for as long as possible. A 2018 AARP survey of adults showed that 3 out of 4 adults aged 50 and older wanted to stay in their dwellings and communities as they age. But kids will be kids, and they will always worry about you – even if you’re mobile, healthy, and getting along just fine. 

Many of our members see a medical alert system as a compromise. Rather than moving to a retirement community or an assisted living facility, these devices can help seniors age in place. Whether a complement to in-home health care or a stand-alone safety measure, keeping emergency services a button-push away is often enough to satisfy your worried children. In advocating for a medical alert system, you’re telling your children: “I’m not quite ready for assisted living, but I’m willing to compromise.” 

Alert-1 Monthly Rates Just Make Sense

In the world of senior care, a medical alert system monthly fee is almost negligible. Still, some providers are costlier than others. We at Alert1 pride ourselves on being able to deliver a reliable, compassionate product at a fraction of what other, better-known brands cost. Our popular in-the-home system with wearable button is available for around $20 per month.

We know that some folks new to medical alert systems might not have an informed perspective on this cost. For context, in 2019, the average home health aid charged $22 per hour. So, for less than the cost of one hour of care per month, seniors can have access to 24/7 monitoring services and unlimited button pushes. The average cost of a private room in a nursing home is over $8,000 per month.

We know that medical alert systems aren’t for everyone. Some seniors have health impairments that require in-home or live-in care. But, if you’re looking for an approachable, accessible, and cost-effective step toward a safe aging in place experience, a medical alert system from Alert1 is a wonderful option. 

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