Are you one of the many members of the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation caring for elderly parents who don’t live nearby? Or perhaps they are close, but work keeps you too busy to get over to check on them daily? Would you like something made just for them to help them in the event of a fall or sudden illness?
My senior parents and their friends have wrestled over this situation themselves and we’ve come up with a couple of good resources. One dear senior prefers a personal emergency response system using an emergency pendant around her neck. Relatively inexpensive and very easy to use, these necklaces as well as the wristwatches they also offer, are usually monitored 24/7 by the alarm company.
If your senior parent falls or feels suddenly ill and can’t get to the telephone, they just push the button on their medical alert device and an operator should answer right away. If they push the button but are unable to speak, the operator should then call 911 for them automatically. Our friend has used hers 2-3 times over the last few years and been so grateful she had it.
Of course, you’ll want to use a reputable company. I always like to check for a good recommendation such as the Better Business Bureau or Good Housekeeping.
Another option that my senior mom and I prefer is a cell phone specifically made for senior citizens. We personally think that Jitterbug makes the best cell phone for seniors, as she has been using one for the past two years and loves it! It’s a flip-phone style of cell phone which means she can’t accidentally call someone from her purse or pocket. (My old “candy bar” style phones used to do that all the time! It drove me crazy and it would totally confuse our sweet elderly relatives.)
It has large numbers which are easy to read – always a great thing for cell phones for senior citizens! It is geared to work easily with hearing aids. Seniors have the option to dial their own phone numbers, use the menu to select the person they are calling, or just dial 0, like they once did when they were much younger. Just like then, an operator will come on the phone to help them in any way they need, including placing the call for them.
The reason we prefer the Jitterbug cell phone for our elderly parents is because they can keep it with them in their pocket. If they go for a walk and have a problem, they’ll have it right there with them. Unlike the medical alert device, it will work anywhere, not just at their home. And I love it for shopping! When we go to a big store, my senior mom can enjoy shopping at her own pace, while I grab my items or sit and write. When one of us is ready to meet up, we’re each just a simple phone call away. You will love the peace of mind it will give you!