Medical alert system can help relieve costs of caregiving

Alan Wu

January 12, 2011

The costs of caregiving are not just financial, they are also physical – one study conducted found that 20 percent of working women over 50 who were also attending to an elderly spouse or parent suffer from poor health, according to

Some of the most common problems that family caregivers may experience include diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

One way to relieve some of this stress is to install a medical alert system in a residence. This can allow one to leave the home with the comfort of knowing that an older adult can immediately send a personal emergency response message if he or she requires assistance.

This device can also help those who have had to take time off from work to care for a senior. The news source reports that 37 percent of caregivers have had to cut back on hours or quit their jobs just to make sure that an older adult is safe.

Theresa Davis, the director of a county division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans told The Daily Record that the average caregiver can lose up to $649,000 total in wages and benefits that are lost due to their responsibilities.