Thankful Thursday-Life Station comes in handy tonite

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Hi everyone-As many of you know I live with and take care of my 85 yr old mother. 2 yrs ago I had called and ordered  a medic alert system(Life Station) for her because at that time she lived by herself and had been falling quite frequently. Problem is when she was by herself when she would fall she would never press that button to get help. Since I have been here which next month has been a year. In that time she has only fallen once and it was in the first month or two and it was early morning about 6 am and I think she missed the bed because I heard the thud when she hit the floor and went in and she was sprawled at the end of the bed.

I tried unsuccessfully for about an hour to get her up. With my back problem there is no way I can lift dead weight of 160#. She didn't want me to call them. I think she was afraid they would take her to the hospital and she didn't want to. I finally convinced her after both of us struggling for an hour I would need to call them. They were there in a matter of minutes and two folks one of each side helped her up.

Thankfully she has not fallen since then until tonite about 9 p.m. I was in bed reading when she hollered she needed help. She apparently went to sit on the edge of the bed and missed. I tried for about 5 minutes with no luck. I told her we needed to push that button and get help and all they would do was come help her up. This time there was no fussing from her.  We pressed the button and within a few minutes a lady came on the line and we told her that she had fallen and I couldn't get her up.

Again the medics were there within 5 mins and two fellows helped her onto the bed. She thankfully wasn't hurt either time. So tonite I am thankful she didn't get hurt and thankful for a medic alert system that is there when she needs it.  There are several to choose from but we went with Life Station because it was least expensive for the same coverage and it wasn't hard at all to hook up. I did it myself so if I can do anyone can

So I urge ANYONE who has an elderly parent, relative or close friend if they live by themselves or even if they don't have them get a life alert system. For less than a dollar a day it is so worth the peace of mind that someone will be there when you need them. I know I am and tonite I know Mom is too.

 

Here is a little info from their website. You can get more info at their website   http://www.lifestation.com/

3 options for wearing your life-alert device

 necklace, a wristwatch or a belt clip — is included.

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More details about how LifeStation's Medical Alarm system works:

  • Your medical alarm button comes with three free attachments, allowing you to wear it as a neck pendant, wristband or belt clip.
  • All Care Specialists are LifeStation employees and have been trained and certified according to industry best practices. LifeStation does not outsource or offshore our monitoring service.
  • The LifeStation medical alarm console's enhanced speaker and voice equipment helps you communicate with a Care Specialist even if you have fallen down.
  • If you are unable to speak, the monitoring center will immediately follow your personalized emergency action plan, contacting emergency services, friends and family in the order you requested.
  • In the event that LifeStation needs to call emergency services or friends and family, one Care Specialist will always remain on the line with you while another notifies EMS or your contact list.

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Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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This is a great device and the cost is worth it.  Just wondering if the client can wear it in the shower?  Glad you did this post.   Hope your mom is doing well.

Jul 14, 2011 10:32 PM #1
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Great real life story for all of us Sharon with the Medic Alert button and I am glad you used it and all turned out ok. My Mom at home got helped up a lot with the neighbor's assistance too as a back up plan. I hope your Mom stays ok now.

Jul 14, 2011 10:32 PM #2
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Pam Miller
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Sharon - I have been considering one of those for my Mother.  Maybe, it is time to give them a call.  Thanks for sharing.

Jul 14, 2011 10:33 PM #3
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Sharon Lee
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Joan-Mom doesn't shower so I don't know but I would think you would have to take it off in the shower but if someone was alone and fell they could leave it right outside the shower where it could be reached in the event that someone fell.

Gary-Mom wasn't hurt and is safely in bed. Thanks for stopping by.

Pam-All the info is on their website I would urge you to do that for your Mom. It is so worth it. It could literally save their life.

Jul 14, 2011 10:38 PM #4
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
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Hi Sharon,

Oh my heart goes out to you both. Good to hear about the device and I'l try to remember that one.

Jul 14, 2011 10:43 PM #5
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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Sharon - thank goodness your Mother is ok.  I arranged one of these "panic buttons'  for my Mother several years ago and she jokes that it is more for my peace of mind  (she's probably right!)    I remember the first night she had it, I slept like a baby lol

I second Sharon's suggestion:  they are the best investment you can make!

Jul 14, 2011 10:43 PM #6
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Fred Griffin
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Sharon - I got a call from a neighbor today.  Her husband (who has Gout and cannot use his legs) was on the Floor.  Neighbor asked, "Could I come and help get him up onto the bed?".

I'm in good shape, but the guy weighs about 250 pounds.  It was a challenge!

 

 

Jul 14, 2011 10:44 PM #7
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Sharon Lee
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Lynda-it is a life saver and does give you peace of mind.

Susan-It does give you peace of mind. I make sure Mom wears it all the time and if I ever see it laying on her nightstand I pick it up and take it to her and have her put it on. She is a lot better about that than she used to be.

Fred-The only caution I would give you about doing that is if they had got hurt and you moving them without calling for backup could have caused a problem not only for them but you as well.

Jul 14, 2011 10:54 PM #8
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Mimi Foster
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Thank you for this information, Sharon.  My 90 year old mother lives with me and it is her greatest fear. 

Jul 15, 2011 12:35 AM #9
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Katie McBride
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
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The life alert system is definitely worth the money and the peace of mind.

Jul 15, 2011 12:37 AM #10
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Roger D. Mucci
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Thank God she wasn't hurt Sharon............a bit of advice.  I went through this with my parents.  Their concern was the sirens and flashing lights alerting the neighbors something was wrong.  Simple solution, made a phone call and asked if they could not use sirens and flashing lights when they came out to the house.  After the first time we called and they realized all they had to do was sign a form saying they were not hurt and didn't need medical attention.............it was smooth sailing.  May be worth a try.

Jul 15, 2011 06:19 AM #11
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Sharon Lee
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Mimi-You are most welcome. I urge you to get something as well.

Katic-That it is.

Roger-Thank you for the advice. The first time they came they did having the flashing lights but they came in a cruiser this time with NO flashing lights because I had told them she wasn't hurt she just needed help up. With her it wasn't to do with the flashing lights and sirens it was that she was afraid if she had to go to the hosp she might have to go in a nursing home. A fear my brother put into her head when he was here for a few months.

Jul 15, 2011 07:09 AM #12
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, it is scary with elderly parents losing balance and falling!    You are a wonderful daughter to be sure your mom has this medical alert to rely on!

Jul 15, 2011 09:55 AM #13
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Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
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Glad that your mom wasn't really hurt during her fall.  I had a Mom medical experience yesterday too, went to the ER but she is okay and feeling much better today.

Jul 15, 2011 02:10 PM #14
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Sharon Lee
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Joan-Thank you it is indeed scary. I am grateful for that service.

Ann-I am glad that your Mom is OK. Going to the ER is never a pleasant experience

Jul 15, 2011 04:51 PM #15
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