Offering a Button May Save a Life
Life sometimes has a way of challenging our confidence
Unfortunately, life sometimes has a way of challenging our confidence without any warning. An unforeseen accident, fall, mini-stroke or other emergency can occur without warning to anyone, at anytime. In particular, the older adult population (i.e. those aged 65 or older) can be especially vulnerable to accidents and falls.
Getting to the phone in such an emergency situation is not always possible. For the elderly and infirm, the possibility of an emergency suddenly striking while they are alone and without the ability to call for help can be very real, and very terrifying.
These buttons actually save seniors’ lives
The CMC strongly encourages and facilitates seniors living alone to obtain an emergency medical button, because it is an important way of providing significant peace of mind, and because of the dozens of times that we have personally seen these buttons actually save seniors’ lives. Having an emergency medical button is a step that is highly recommended by doctors, social workers, and just about everybody in the geriatric field. The button is worn on an inconspicuous and comfortable necklace or bracelet. The system’s technology is such that pushing the button enables the wearer to instantly connect with a live operator, without needing to hold a telephone or even have one nearby. After a few short questions to gather information about the nature of the emergency, the operator quickly dispatches first responders to the site. First responders may be the local 911 units or it may be the Hatzalah ambulance, depending on the choices selected by the client at the time of signing up for the service.
The CMC strongly encourages and facilitates seniors or anyone living alone to obtain an emergency medical alert button. The system provides significant peace of mind, and it really does save lives - perhaps just as much or even more so than helmets do for bike riders and seat belts do for automobile passengers.
Critical assistance under potentially life-threatening emergency
We keenly urge and encourage everyone in the community to take note of a friend, relative, or neighbor who may be living alone, and to take just a couple of minutes to have a discussion with them about the life-saving potential of a medical alert button. Alternatively, you may request that the CMC reach out to the senior to offer them a button that just may save their life. The CMC is proud to provide this service because over the years, there have been dozens of instances in which seniors whom the CMC helped to obtain an emergency button later successfully used the system to receive timely and critical assistance under potentially life-threatening emergency circumstances.
For example, one senior smelled smoke in her home and found that an electrical fire had started in one of the rooms. The senior quickly pressed the emergency button, whereupon the fire department was dispatched to the home, and the senior was successfully extracted from the dangerous environment.
In a second incident, a senior had just gone out on her porch to enjoy a cup of coffee, when she slipped and fell. Unable to get up unaided, the senior pressed her emergency button, and just a few short minutes later, she was helped up to her feet by the local fire department.
In a third example, a senior gentleman was hanging a picture on the wall at the top of the stairway in his home when he lost his balance and tumbled all the way to the bottom of the stairs. The fall broke his neck, but he managed to press the button on the pendant just before losing consciousness. Unable to elicit a verbal response from the unconscious man, the system operator immediately dispatched the paramedics to his home, and the quick response time was certainly responsible for saving his life.