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Preserving Independence

September 27, 2013

We love to have guest bloggers chat about things going on in their businesses that might be relevent to our clients and followers. Thank you to Diane Betkoski, MS, RD, LNHA of Griffin Hospital for sharing information on Lifeline and the risk of falling!

Falling or even being at risk for falling could have a negative impact upon one’s quality of life. Avoiding falls is important to aging well. Creating a safe home environment can prevent injuries that lead to disabilities. The best way to stay strong and independent, most experts agree is to exercise.

However falls will occur. Here are some startling statistics:

  • 13.3 million people 65 years plus will fall each
  • One fall occurs every 2.3 seconds on average
  • Quality of life can be impacted by falls
  • Half of older adults who fall cannot get back up without help
  • Falls occur 4 times more frequently in the first 2 weeks after hospital discharge!

When a fall, medical issue or other emergency occurs, every second counts. If you are alone delayed medical care can jeopardize your recovery. Griffin Hospital’s Lifeline Service offers quick access to help, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year.

The Basic Lifeline service provides a wristband or pendent which when pressed, sends a help call to a trained Lifeline Associate. The Associate answers this call within 30 seconds and has the ability to speak with the person through a communicator device then quickly calls for local emergency response if need be.

Lifeline with AutoAlert also enables a person to push the pendent-style button for help at any time, however in addition, AutoAlert provides an added layer of protection that can detect a fall and automatically place a call for help if a fall is detected and the person can’t press the button because he/she is disoriented, immobilized or unconscious.

Lifeline personal alert buttons are waterproof, have a battery back-up system in case of power outages and is registered with The Food and Drug Administration.

For more information please contact: 1.800.242.1308 x4722 or visit www.griffnhealth.org/lifeline


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