A medical button saves lives

Investing in a medical button is a cost-effective way to protect yourself and the ones you love this winter.

Elderly lady on floor

A medical button can summon assistance in the case of a trip or a fall

 

Trips and falls are the most common cause of death from injury in the over 65s, accounting for at least a third of all elderly hospital admissions and costing the NHS more than £2bn a year.

Other worrying facts include:

• Falls significantly impact on long term outcomes, e.g. being a major precipitant of people moving from their own home to long-term nursing or residential care.

• Almost 3,653 people aged 65+ died from having a fall in 2013. This was almost equally divided between men and women, and would equate to ten people every day.

• Around 70,000-75,000 hip fractures occur in the UK each year. These are mainly due to falls.

• A common, but often overlooked, cause of injury, around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.

Winter is a particularly hazardous time for the old and infirm and, with the colder months upon us, it is important to keep a check on the well-being of older friends, neighbours and relatives.

Many trips and falls don’t result in serious injury. However, there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn and feel as if they’ve lost their independence.

The IndePENDANT alarm is a medical button designed for the elderly to provide assistance and reassurance for anyone who may be vulnerable. It’s small, lightweight and waterproof and it can be worn around the wrist or neck, allowing the wearer to move freely around the house or garden. The system is ideal for the elderly or anyone who wants a panic alarm while maintaining an independent lifestyle.

Take a look at how the IndePENDANT medical button could help you or someone you love.