Survival in the World of Living Alone 1

People who live alone are at serious risk every day. It does not require a great deal of imagination to recognize the potential danger associated with a person becoming incapacitated when no one is available to help them.

How do they get in a situation where outside help is required? They fall down; they suffer an incapacitating medical set-back; or they encounter a problem such as becoming stuck between two kitchen devices (an actual example).  Regardless, the possibility of becoming unconscious, disoriented, or otherwise unable to seek help is present in each case.

Falls in the Home

“Some people believe that falls are a normal part of aging, and as such are not preventable. But this is false. Falls usually are caused by certain health conditions (due to normal physical changes of aging or from illness) and/or environmental hazards in the home interfering with safety.” (Dr. Rein Tideiksaar Ph.D.). Click here to read “Avoiding Falls in Elderly” and learn from Dr. Tideiksaar how to reduce  the number of falls experienced, particularly by seniors.

Medical Oriented Incapacitation

Unconsciousness or disorientation resulting from medical conditions are  significant risks and sometimes are experienced by people who live alone. Obvious possibilities are heart problems and strokes. Less obvious are medical conditions such as diabetes related comas or disorientation, severe migraine episodes that render people unconscious, fainting due to dehydration or very high external temperatures. Regular visits with the doctor, a good diet, and a well designed exercise program are possibly the best ways to reduce the likelihood of the onset of a medical situation. And please note: a well thought out caregiving program can be instrumental in reducing the possible effects of the described situations.

Problem Mitigation

We at Sentry Telecare take very seriously our mission to mitigate the possible long-term effects of people being unattended following an incapacitating event. If, for an extended period, a person who lives alone is unconscious or disoriented, or otherwise prevented from seeking help, there is a real possibility that they will suffer a worsening health condition and/or be unable to continue their independent life style. The design of our Call Reassurance Service provides for a check-in call one, two, or three times each day to make sure such extended periods do not occur. Click here to learn about our Call Reassurance Service.

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