7 Tips For Helping Mom Or Dad Understand The Benefits Of A Lifeline Medical Alert Service

Caring for an aging parent presents challenges that can be difficult to overcome and choices that can be very hard to make, especially when a crisis hits and you are suddenly faced with the responsibilities of taking care of your mother or father. Caregiving can also begin when unsettling mishaps start to occur in their home and you begin to see warning signs that something is wrong.

As difficult as these challenges can be, none is more difficult than trying to talk with your parents about an injury, a condition, a disease or an illness that threatens their independence and quality of life. They won’t want to leave their home and they won’t want to go into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Maybe they won’t have to. Maybe all they will need is a little help from you and from a Medical Alert Service.

Here are seven tips to help you help your parents better understand our service and all the benefits that can be derived from it.

Tip #1. Talk to your mom or dad about their health and talk to their doctors as well. If they have recently suffered an injury, had surgery resulting from a fall or have been diagnosed with a medical condition or disease, go with them the next time they visit their doctor so that you know first-hand what their condition is, what medications they’re taking and what care is needed for them.

Talk to the doctor and ask him or her to recommend a Medical Alert Button. Let them expound on the benefits of having one. Their words may carry more weight than yours in driving home the benefit of having this service. Be sure the doctor tells your parents that every second counts in the event of an emergency. It can make the difference between life and death. That’s the key reason they recommend a Medical Alert Service to their patients.

Tip #2. Depending on the extent of their injury or illness, let your parents know they have a choice in the matter. Discuss the Medical Alert Service with them before you make the decision to get one. They will be far more receptive to that approach than your telling them you’ve already purchased it and it’s ready to be installed. Talk candidly to them and let them know if they elect to go with the Lifeline Button, they will be able to maintain their independence and live in the comfort of their own home for a longer period of time. Otherwise, they will have to consider assisted living or pay for home health care help. It’s their choice.

Tip #3. Let your parents know that you want them to get the Medical Alert Service for you – for your peace of mind and so you can sleep better at night knowing that all they have to do is push a button and help will be summoned immediately. Tell them you’ll just feel better knowing that they have this button with them at all times and that help will be on its way to them in a matter of minutes.

Tip #4. Offer to pay for the Medical Alert Service for your parents. It will relieve them of the worry of another bill to pay. If that is too much of an expense for you, offer to pay for the installation and set-up fee and tell them you’ll arrange for month-to-month service on a trial basis only. Let them know the cost is a little more than $1.00 a day. Assure them that there are no long-term contracts to sign, no equipment to buy, no hidden costs and no fees associated with this service.

Tip #5. Let your folks know that the Medical Alert Service can be easily transported from one residence to another. If they want to travel to Florida for a month in January or live with their daughter for the summer, their Medical Alert Service can go with them.

Tip #6. Highlight some of the key benefits of the Medical Alert Service that your parents may not even think about until it’s too late. Tell them that their button has a 72 hour battery backup, so that in the event of a power outage, it still functions properly. Also, let them know that the Medical Alert button has a signal range covering a large area outside the home. If they happen to fall outside – in the front yard, backyard or driveway – emergency help will be sent to the house. Lastly, make sure they know that their button can be submerged 100% when taking a shower or bath.

Tip #7. Talk to family, friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers, and ask if any of them know someone who uses a Lifeline Button and if that “someone” knows your parents. Then create your own testimonials about how the Medical Alert Service worked for them and the benefits they derived from using it.

You could say something like, “Mom, did you know that your neighbor, Alice, two doors down the street, fell last month and spent six hours on the floor until one of her children found her? I talked to her the other day and she said she got one of those Medical Alert Buttons and feels so much safer now that she has it. She said the button works great!”

Or you could say, “Dad, do you remember when Uncle John fell and broke his right hip last month? You know, he had his Medical Alert button on in the shower when he fell and help was there for him in minutes. Can you imagine how long he could have been there in the tub before one of his kids checked on him and realized he was hurt?”

Whether you are in the middle of a crisis and decisions have to be made quickly, or you are helping your parents plan ahead because you’ve seen the warning signs, help is available to you. One of the best pieces of advice we can give you as you start your caregiving journey is to get your parents a Lifeline Medical Alert Service. This is not an easy journey you are about to undertake, so anything you can do to help them transition to a new and safer way of living as they age is highly recommended. It will be one of the most important decisions you make regarding their care and it will truly help ease the worry for you.

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