DID YOU KNOW?

After the age of 65, 6 out of 10 visits a person will make to a hospital emergency room are a result of a fall in or around the home. (Consumer Product Safety Council)

After a fall or emergency, 90% of people who get help within one hour will continue independent living, but after 12 hours without help only 10% of people will continue to live at home. (New England Journal of Medicine)

45% of all household accidents resulting in serious injuries take place in the bathroom. 20% occur in the kitchen. (Consumer Safety Council)

Subscribers of Personal Emergency Response Systems have fewer hospital admissions and shorter stays after they subscribe. This allows them to live independently longer. (New England Journal of Medicine)

For elderly people who live alone, becoming incapacitated and unable to get help is the common event which usually marks their ability to live independently. (New England Journal of Medicine)

There are many ways to help keep seniors living independently at home. A caregiver can be relieved of some of the stress of caring for someone while they live in their own home. A PERS pendant from TOWNE can help do this without placing them in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Often, individuals are dealing with multiple medical problems such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, limited mobility and arthritis. With a PERS pendant from TOWNE, help is available with just a push of a button.

A nationwide survey conducted by AARP states that 95% of American seniors in the age group of 75 or older prefer living independently in their own homes as against living in an independent senior care facility or a retirement home.

There has been extensive research on the living preferences of seniors and what is best for their health and wellbeing. According to these studies, even for having chronic diseases, illness’ or disabilities, living independently at home is the preferred and medically better option considering an elders mental health, comfort and wellbeing. There is always dislocation and re-adjustment necessary when moving to a different location. For seniors however, this is commonly not recommended.

Over 150 Million emergency calls are made each year in the United States.

There are many elderly persons living independently that need constant care and have daily caregivers. There are 54 million caregivers in the United States caring for a relative or elderly parent. Sometimes the emotional and physical toll it takes on caregivers and the elderly is enough to make them want to turn to other options and consider moving to assisted living facilities.

Nearly 75% of all deaths in the United States are deaths of elderly people.  For many decades, heart disease, cancer, and stroke have been the leading causes of death among the elderly, accounting for 70% of all the deaths in this age group.

Seniors and the elderly are not the only people that could benefit from a PERS alarm. Medical conditions and ill health can affect any person of any age.  Kids are just as vulnerable as the elderly. As parents, no matter how hard we try to protect our kids, sometimes we are not readily available in the event of a medical emergency. With our busy lifestyles of work and earning a living, our children are often left at home in the responsibility of a caregiver for long periods of time.

Seniors are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from all other causes.  Falls are the leading cause of accidental death for seniors.  (Centers for Disease Control)

50% of older adults hospitalized with a hip fracture are unable to return home or live independently again. (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons)

68% – Percentage of people 65 and older in households in 2008 who lived with relatives. 27% percent of all people this age lived alone. (2008 American Community Survey)

Moving can be the most stressful event in the life of a person. Giving up their home of many years sometimes makes them think they have given up independence and self-dignity. Physical conditions decline, activities become limited, frustration and anger can replace the peace and joy of aging gracefully. Living in an assisted living facility can become lonely for people used to independence and doing what they want on their own.  A simple solution like a PERS alarm can help seniors age in peace, enjoy the independence they desire and have the peace of mind that during an emergency, assistance is just a push of a button away.

In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized. (Centers for Disease Control)

Of the 42 million Americans over 65, about 1 in 3 will fall in a given year. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually. As alarming as they are, these documented statistics fall short of the actual number since many incidents are unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers. (Centers for Disease Control)

Many falls do not result in injuries, yet almost 50% of people who fall require assistance from someone else to help them get up.

Nearly 50% of the older adults who incur a serious injury never fully recover and many lose their ability to function independently for the rest of their lives.  A good portion end up in nursing homes, making falls and the injuries that result, one of the most substantial health threats facing older adults. (Yale University School of Medicine)

In the absence of medical treatment, about 50% of deaths occur within one hour of a heart attack. There is only a 6% to 9% early mortality rate from a heart attack for those who survive long enough to reach the hospital.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability.  Many strokes are preventable and treatable with prompt medical attention. (National Stroke Association)

Senior citizens aged 70 and over have the greatest risk of death by fire. The fire death risk among seniors is more than double the average population.

About half (53%) of the older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall within six months.