Medical alert system can help keep parents safe

lisa_wurth

March 7, 2011

Many adult children are unsure of what to do when they start looking after their parents. One of their top priorities should be a senior's safety, but it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start.

Falls can be one of the biggest problems for older adults who are living alone – a slip could result in a broken hip and may permanently affect their independence and mobility. That's why families should focus on preventing them, according to ParentYourParents.com.

Luckily, there are a few preventative measures one can take to make sure that a senior is safe from falls.

First, make sure that older adults get their vision screened regularly. When it comes to a residence, try to help a senior adjust their home so that it's more age-friendly. That means fewer obstacles on the floor and other renovations, such as grab rails on the stairs or in the bathroom. One may also want to consider installing a medical alert system in a home. This device enables users to instantly send a medical alarm to doctors or caregivers if they do experience an injury.

Families should review a senior's medications as well, to make sure that there are no negative side effects that could cause dizziness or lightheadedness.