No Age Limit on Emergencies by Stephanie Martin – MobileHelp Support Specialist
We are active for much longer these days. With the improvements in modern medicine and increased elder care, people should be able to enjoy their lives to the fullest potential as long as they possibly can. Age is, after all, just a number.
I spoke to one customer, a 93 year old woman, who wanted to hurry her way through the activation process for her new MobileHelp (www.MobileHelpNow.com) medical alert system because she was late for her poker game. She told me that the only reason that she even got this “newfangled thing” was because her 70-year-old son talked her into it. She was, in her own eyes, much too young for such a thing. In addition to playing poker, she drives, plays golf, goes out for walks, and loves to shop. She thinks that because she is so active, she doesn’t need a medical alarm system of any kind because that’s “for old people”.
This lovely and vibrant lady was shocked to hear that we have customers in their 30’s and 40’s who live alone and just enjoy the peace of mind that a medical alert system brings. There is no age limit on emergencies, and who knows what could happen just stepping into the shower or getting out of bed to use the restroom in the middle of the night? The reality is that a telephone is not always within reach.
I often talk to people who don’t want anyone to know that they have a medical alarm system. They ask for advice on how to hide it. I can give them a few tips, such as wearing the pendant on a long and pretty chain so they can keep the device tucked into their blouse, or getting a new leather watch band placed on the wrist button, but why should we be embarrassed by a medical alert system? Most of our employees wear their Mobile Device with pride, clipped onto their belt or pocket. Why should caring so much about ourselves, that we want to stay safe, be anything other than celebrated?
People often say that they have a cell phone “for emergencies only” but then when they need to use it, they need to find it, make sure it’s charged up, turn it on, and figure out which phone number to call. Other than the obvious questions – will 911 know who you are? Will they know how to find you? Will they have any idea what your medical conditions are? – there are the more important questions – How do you know your cell phone will be within reach when you’re having an emergency? If you are able to reach your cell phone and dial 911 and are unable to speak because you have passed out or you are in pain, what will happen? With MobileHelp (www.MobileHelpNow.com), if you press your button and are unable to communicate, we will be able to dispatch help. We will contact you on your MobileHelp device and if you are unable to answer, since we have all of your information on file, we have the ability to assume that there is an emergency and based on GPS and cellular technology, dispatch help to wherever you are, even if you’re on vacation, playing sports, shopping, fishing, exercising, or going for a walk. It doesn’t matter if you’re 39 years old or 93 years old – you won’t need to lay on the floor wondering if 911 will be able to figure out who you are and where to send help.
There is no age limit on the desire for safety and security. We need not be self conscious about wanting to keep ourselves happy and healthy for as long as possible. A mobile medical alert system like MobileHelp (www.MobileHelpNow.com) allows us to stay safe in our own homes and beyond. It provides greater independence for seniors (and everyone else!) and keeps us vital and active. Moments matter. Getting help quickly in an emergency can mean the difference between quick medical attention and complete recovery, or taking too long to get medical attention with tragic results.
MobileHelp utilizes cellular and GPS technology when you are away from the home to provide you assistance nationwide. If you or a loved one wants to be prepared for an unexpected emergency in the home and away from the home, give Mobile Help a try. MobileHelp www.MobileHelpNow.com offers a 30 day risk free trial so you have nothing to lose and independence to maintain.