Grandma Doris fell after stepping on a bunch of grapes on the floor while trying to grab a bag of salad from the shelf. Not only was she embarrassed and in pain but no one had witnessed her fall. Fortunately a worker from the meat department saw grandma on the floor and called the store manager immediately. Grandma was bruised, had a swollen knee and was feeling dizzy.
Things could have been worse if Grandma had been unconscious and needed medical attention immediately.
Unable to drive home, the store manager needed to call Grandma Doris’ emergency contact person. But she didn’t have an emergency contact number and was not in a position to recall. Since grandma had very minor injury without the need for emergency medical treatment the kindhearted store manager took grandma home in his car.
Grandma’s car was parked in front of the local grocery store and had to be picked up by her daughter who lived miles away.
What if her daughter lived in another state and grandma’s elderly friends couldn’t drive? It may be possible to get help from the local AAA. What if grandma was not in a position to do so?
What if immediate emergency medical attention was needed? Who would the store manager call? Is calling 911 the only answer to grandma’s needs?
Sadly, one out of three older adults ages 65 and above fall each year. A lot of times grandma doesn’t want to talk about it. Either she is embarrassed or just doesn’t want to add more stress to her busy children’s schedules.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. The report stated that in 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults needed emergency treatments. More than 662,000 of these were hospitalized.
Not only is a fall going to cost heartache and grief to family members, it may cause severe injuries such as hip fractures, head traumas and increase risk of early death.
How could we help prevent this situation from happening?
Keeping in Touch Solutions has free “My Emergency Contact” cards for you and your loved one as shown below.
Just give us a call and we’ll drop it in the mail for you. This card looks like a hundred dollar bill. It is portable and compact and fits easily into a wallet or small purse. Inside you’ll have space for 10 names and telephone numbers.
Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Get prepared and reduce the heartache and headache.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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