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Remaining Independent at Home in Five Easy Steps

Though we oftentimes feel stuck at home in the winter, some seniors face the reality of being unable to maintain independence all year long. The risk of a fall can have life-long repercussions. With some assistance along the way, staying safe is a possibility!

1. Help in an emergency – One of the most important things is to have fast access to help when it’s needed. Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) give users the ability to contact emergency personnel at the push of a button. Many features, like fall detection, add an extra layer of speed and security.

“Fall detection is an automatic response by the system to call for help even when the user cannot push the button,” said Matthew Couillard, Director of Consumer Relations for STAAR Alert. “This allows for a fast response in any situation.”

STAAR Alert, based locally in Munhall, offers many solutions for remaining safe at home. The fall detection technology they offer is monitored 24 hours a day and can work at home or via mobile.

2. Medication management – Prescriptions have a significant effect on overall health. Failure to properly track dosing can cause instability, blurry vision or even immobility. Using management technology or other organization plan can help avoid falls.

3. Clear tripping hazards – Some of the biggest dangers in the home are the least obvious. Common items like rugs, cords and furniture can cause a fall that leads to hospitalization. Do an assessment of every room in the home and make adjustments as necessary.

4. Exercise for body and mind – Staying fit is essential to help manage falls. Physical fitness can improve agility and gait when moving around. Further, mental exercises will help gain stamina that will lead to greater reaction time.

5. Keep family involved – The largest support system in a senior’s life is their group of family and friends who are looking out for them. Find ways to stay involved and keep an eye on how your loved ones are doing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make suggestions when needed.

“It’s hard to admit when we need help,” said Couillard. “A small push from a family member can mean many more years of safety at home.”

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