medical alert

Answer the following questions to determine if a medical alert system is right for you:

  • Do you live alone?
  • Are you 65 years of age or older?
  • Have you fallen in the last 3 years?
  • Are you worried about falling in the shower?
  • Do you have difficulty using steps or standing up?
  • Do you have any of these conditions: heart disease, osteoporosis, COPD, Diabetes, arthritis?
  • Do you have poor vision and find it easier to simply press a button than use a standard telephone?
  • Do you use a cane for balance or walking?
  • Are you loved ones worried about you when you’re home alone?Is it important for you to continue living independently?

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Count your “yes” answers to see if you need a medical alert system:

0-2           Not required.
Your health and living situation don’t require a medical alert system, but it can provide peace of mind against the unexpected.

3-5           Moderate need.
You are at risk for a fall or other incident. A medical alert system helps ensure that aid can get to you quickly.

6-8           Highly recommended.
Several factors put you at risk for a fall or other incident. To maintain your independence, a medical alert system is highly recommended.

9-11        Urgent need.
You are at a very high risk of an incident requiring medical attention. A medical alert system is strongly advised.


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Questionnaire courtesy of AmeriCare Homecare, with offices in Raleigh, NC and Chapel Hill, NC