Month: April 2012

Medical Alert Systems Reviews: Top 5

Medical Alert Systems for the elderly have evolved to the point where assisted housing or considering in-home care can be delayed and in some cases – even eliminated. There are numerous high quality systems on the market that can offer peace of mind to loved ones. As the market for these devices has evolved, prices have fallen while ease of use and simplicity of installation has improved as well. Among the top 5 models evaluated, there were common features with one another. All of the top rated units offer these key benefits: • Ease of installation • Low initial prices and affordable monitoring programs • Fast, efficient and well-trained support staff • Ease of cancellation in the event of dissatisfaction • Small, waterproof pendant or bracelet monitors • Numerous additional options that may be desirable Based on Our Research, These Are The 5 Top Rated Medical Alert Systems: 1 - Bay Alarm Medical [youtube url="" width="560" height="315" rel="0" showsearch="0"] Bay Alarm Medical alert system combines the best aspects of simple, efficient monitoring with impressive performance and support. The Bay Alarm system's pendant or wristband monitors are both conveniently small and have an operating range of 1000 feet. The units can even be worn outdoors as long as the wearer remains within the operating range of the system. Customer service has the capability to respond effectively in an incredible 170...

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When Is It Time to Take Your Parents into Your Home?

Much like deciding to have a new child, deciding to ask your elderly parent to move in with you is a giant decision that can come with a lot of responsibility and have major repercussions. But sometimes all the extra cost and work can be worth it if the alternative is simply too risky for your aging parent. Your elderly parent's safety is the most important thing, and if he or she can no longer live safely alone, you may have to simply grin, bear it, and take him or her into your home, shouldering the extra load that caring for him or her around the clock will mean. Here are a few tips on how to know when it is time to take your parent into your home. Signs It May Be Time To Move Your Parent in with You Every family and every parent is different, and it's not always easy to tell when the time is right to invite your parent to live with you. Although his or her safety has a lot to do with this intensely personal decision, it is also important to consider your parent's emotional stake in his or her current residence and weigh that against the possible risks of staying there. You don't want to your parent to come to any physical harm, but neither do you want to damage or...

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What Is A Roll In Shower?

Roll-In Showers: Restore Bathing to a Pleasant Experience When showering becomes a challenge due to illness, limited strength or mobility, a roll-in shower can be the perfect solution. Roll-in showers are designed as an open stall with no curb so that wheelchairs can be rolled in and out easily. The shower floor is level with the bathroom floor, so there is nothing to step over or into. For those who cannot stand, a roll-in shower can provide a convenient way to bathe without assistance from others. For caregivers, roll-in showers make bathing those with upper body limitations or severe disabilities easier. Who Can a Roll-In Shower Help? Roll-in showers can make life safer and more pleasant for the elderly, the disabled, those with serious injuries, those recovering from surgery, patients with balance problems, neuromuscular diseases, chronic pain, arthritis, spinal disorders and anyone caring for those who have such challenges. Seniors who are able to stand and walk can still benefit from the barrier-free design of a roll-in shower. It eliminates the need to lift the legs high enough to step over a barrier. Benefits of a Roll-In Shower The convenience of being able to roll into a barrier-free shower can give those with physical challenges increased independence. These showers offer easy entry and exit, and they eliminate the risk of bathing-related falls. Various models offer safety grab bars, seating...

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Benefits Of Renovation For Aging In Place

I’m often amazed at how often we are enthusiastic about tearing down a 1950’s home in favor of a more current style. Certainly if there is sufficient development pressure there is little anyone can do. However, for a current homeowner or prospective buyer I think we may be shortsighted in our vision for a new home by not considering the possibilities. The post war boom in housing produced millions of these homes throughout the country. Significant inventory of these homes exist and thrive today in communities such as Ladue, Olivette, Town & Country, Frontenac, Clayton, and Kirkwood to name just a few in St. Louis County. Considering The Possibilities Go Green: If a home is in sufficient repairable state, then we are doing the environment and our communities at large a favor by preserving that which took a significant amount of energy and material to build in the first place. In other words this is a sustainable or “green” thing to do. A recent study indicated that a 30% increase in energy efficiency will essentially remain a plus for the environment more than a newly constructed home of similar efficiencies. Give It A Facelift: Many of those ranch homes are easy to renovate compared to homes built early in the century. It often is relatively simple to remove walls and rearrange spaces for a more current life style. The...

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Aging In Place Certification

Aging in place is the ability for someone to continue to live in their home as they age no matter what their income or ability level is. Most adults would rather age in place than move to another home which could possibly be an institution for the aged. Moving to an institution puts a big financial strain on Medicare and Medicaid that could be reduced if more people age in place. There are professionals who are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) who know the technical and business management as well as the service skills required for home modification for aging in place. Different Categories of Aging in Place The different categories of aging in place include urgent needs, progressive conditions and no urgent needs. Urgent needs require immediate changes in the living environment such as universal design or home modifications. Progressive conditions are conditions that are not urgent but will become manifest in the future. They include heart or lung disease or diabetes that may cause difficulty in living at a later stage in life. No urgent need includes people who do not have any health or mobility issues and prefer to remain in their homes. What are the Home Modifications needed for Aging in Place? Homes need to be modified to include conveniences that make everyday living easier for aged people. Falling is one of the most common injuries...

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