Home medical alerts, nurses can help keep residents independent

Alan Wu

March 16, 2011

While many older adults want to stay at home as they age, health conditions or limited mobility may make that a difficult option. Luckily, there are organizations such as The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), which has been attending to the needs of home-bound patients since 1893, according to The Manhattan Times.

"Home care helps keep people out of hospitals, out of emergency rooms, and out of nursing homes. And [home] is where people prefer care," Judy Farrell, director of Government Affairs of VNSNY, told the news provider.

Some of the most common conditions that patients of the VNSNY have include diabetes, hypertension and heart failure. When these are treated in a residence rather than a hospital, individuals are generally more comfortable and often save money as well.

Home medical alert systems can be another valuable addition for those who are looking to age safely and independently. These devices allow older adults to instantly send a personal emergency response message to caregivers if they require assistance.

NursingAdvocacy.org estimates that there are 2.9 million nurses in the United States and outnumber physicians 4:1. Many experts are predicting that, as the 78 million baby boomers require more care, there may be a nursing shortfall that will have to be supplemented by medical alarms and other assistive devices.