May 21 to 27 is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. This observance is designed to bring awareness to the amazing people that act as EMS practitioners—responding to medical emergencies and saving lives on a regular basis. EMS workers include first responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. They provide basic and advanced care at the victim’s home and while transporting to the hospital.
Seniors and EMS
Seniors and EMS are intricately linked. This population is the one most likely to use this profession’s assistance, whether from a heart attack, fall, stroke, or other illness or injury. Americans age 65 and older account for one-third of all ambulance transports.
Personal Emergency Response System
One of the concerns seniors face is determining how they can contact EMS should an emergency occur and they are unable to get to the phone. Using a personal emergency response system, a senior has the ability to page for help in an emergency situation. A pendant is usually worn around their neck or ankle. Should a fall or other emergency occur, your parent can simply push a button. This will forward a call to trained personnel who will determine if the emergency medical team or caregiver should be notified. There are also models that place a call immediately should a fall occur, without a push-button notification required.
One of the many services the EMS provides is education. This includes CPR programs, bleeding control education, diabetes care and fall prevention. They also educate communities on resources that are available for seniors. Many of these can be found through the Area Agency on Aging.
Area Agency on Aging
There are over 600 of these agencies that were created in 1974, mandated by a federal law. They are designed as an outreach for seniors and their caregivers and provide information concerning community services such as transportation, health, and wellness and were designed to “maximize the independence and dignity of older adults.”
Elderly Care Provider
If your loved one requires assistance with the everyday activities of living, an elderly care provider can help. They can assist with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation. They perform light housekeeping and help your parent with any mobility issues. They run errands and provide transportation. They can be your eyes and ears when you can’t be there, providing you, the family caregiver, peace of mind. Most importantly, they offer the companionship and social engagement so vital to seniors as they age.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.