Notfallerkennung für SeniorenLivewell Lifeline Tip: Using The Libris Fall Detection With The Personal Health Record Can Save Lives

For the elderly, falls can be deadly, and many of these deaths are not immediate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2009, 2.2 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 581,000 of these patients were hospitalized.

Seniors who survive falls may slowly decline as a result of their injuries. The CDC says, “20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.”

With so many elders’ lives cut short, or reduced in quality due to falls, caregivers understandably seek ways to lower the risk. Emergency responders see the causes of many falls and can offer additional ideas for prevention. Rubber-soled shoes would prevent many falls as walking around the house in socks is extremely dangerous for older adults.

Awareness of fall risk is especially important for the many elders who take multiple medications. Several medications may be necessary, but can be one of several other risk factors for falling.

Aside from preventing falls, caregivers who monitor medications help avoid other emergencies. It is recommended to arrange medications into pill organizers. Many common conditions like hypertension and heart failure are a result of elders who have neglected or forgotten to take their medications. Seniors who must take these medications regularly may need help from a family member to make it easier to remember.

Attempting to remember medication dosages and schedules can cause confusion in seniors and lead to hospital readmissions. The proverbial ounce of prevention may mean a bit more work for families and caregivers who divide the medications and aid with scheduling, but it could prevent tragic disasters or at least hours spent in the emergency room.

When the elder lives alone or spends time alone, prepare for the worst-case-scenario and have medical information accessible to emergency workers. One of the best ways to do this is by using the medical health record portal and using a Livewell medical alert. In the event of an emergency the Livewell emergency response call center can deliver the elder’s medical information to first responders and ER staff. Also using the Livewell Libris mobile medical alert with auto fall detection can provide for emergency response even if the elder is not able to push the medical alert button. Having the delivery of the elders medical information it will be easier for emergency responders to deliver the most appropriate care.

A Lifeline Tip: Use the Livewell Libris mobile medical alert along with your personal Health record to provide the best emergency response.