According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three seniors will suffer a fall each year. Some of these falls are minor; others, however are very serious. For the latter, a medical alert system with a fall alarm could mean the difference between life and death.
The statistics show 95% of all hip fractures are from falls. We all know of someone who was perfectly health, then fell and fractured their hip. Often times it begins a downward spiral that ends in tragedy.
Studies show the longer it takes for help to arrive after a fall, the less likely it is that you will make a full recovery. So literally, every second counts.
If you live alone and suffer a fall that leaves you unable to get up and call for help, you could lie there for days until someone finally comes to check up on you. By that time, if you are still alive, the odds are very small that you will make a recovery that will bring you back to your former life.
If you had a medical alert with a fall alarm, your pendant would detect the fall and automatically call the monitoring center. If you are unable to respond, the monitor is instructed to send help immediately to your home. Help would arrive in minutes and you would likely make a full recovery.
Certainly it costs a little more to equip your medical alert system with a fall alarm. Equipment costs might be higher and the monitoring charge would increase. But if the time comes when you are lying on the ground and praying for your doorbell to ring, you will be happy you spent the extra money. If you can afford it, it makes no sense not to get a fall alarm.