My senior mom just made this Sandwich Generation granny nanny VERY happy as she got her brand new Philips Lifeline medical alert system with a necklace pendant that has a push button and the auto alert to notify them if she falls and is unconscious. Care to listen into a conversation we had about this?
"I love your new emergency medical alert necklace, mom," I said.
"The emergency pendant hides well under your shirt so no one even has to know you have it on."
"It really gives me great peace of mind, mom, to know you have some extra protection when I'm over babysitting the grandchildren, running on errands, or out of town."
"I sure do appreciate you giving me the gift of saying "yes" to getting this medical alert systems. And isn't it great that we got the Philips Lifeline system with autoalert in case you lose consciousness from a stroke or fall," I wheedled.
Deeper sigh. "Honey, I'm wearing this pendant for you, but I don't HAVE to be extremely happy about it!"
As you have probably guessed, my senior mom is not totally enthralled with her new elderly medical alert system from Philips Lifeline, that I've been encouraging her to try for several years to give her an extra cushion of safety. It's not because she doesn't like it, per se. It's because she feels she is giving up a piece of her independence – like when she quit driving a car. That is hard, isn't it!
But as I explained to her, it actually gives her more independence. Wearing one of these medical alert pendants by a reputable company like the Lifeline we got or the Lifestation devices, means I can leave her alone more confidently than before, knowing my senior mom has this terrific resource to help her whether she is in the house or outside working on her gardening projects. We tested its range on our really large yard and it works fine all the way to the mailbox in front as well as to the far back yard lot line. It probably goes further than that. I just didn't have the time to check further.
She leaves it on 24/7, even in the shower. And most of the time, she doesn't even notice it. But I do! And since Philips Lifeline is one of the few (if not the only) medical alert systems with auto fall detection, I have the confidence to know that if she falls and isn't able to push the medical alert button, in 95% of all cases, she will still get help sent to her. Talk about great resources for the Sandwich Generation!