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.