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How To Get Mom (or Dad) To Wear Their Medical Alert Pendant

If Mom or Dad won't wear the medical alert pendant button you just got them, what can you do?

A lot of seniors resist wearing a pendant – we have 92 year-olds who say “those things are for old people!”

We encourage folks to wear their button and view it as a way to empower them to be more active in their own home, and live independently longer. But if the positive, empowerment approach doesn’t resonate with your mom, you may have to have a more difficult conversation.

Here are some ideas that other clients have had success with to talk to their loved ones about wearing a button:

  • It’s not for you, it’s for ME. Let your mom know that you worry about her, and that it gives you peace of mind to know she can summon help at a moment’s notice.
  • Nobody needs to know. Some folks don’t want to be seen wearing one of these – the system you have has a very lightweight button that can be worn around the neck and under a blouse…nobody needs to see it or know.
  • If you don’t have a system, you may not be able to continue living alone in your home. This is tough, but the reality is that many families can’t allow an elderly person to live alone and have to move them to assisted living or some other arrangement.
  • Falls can be deadly. 1/3 of Americans over 65 will fall in their own home each year. If left on the floor, the consequences can be awful. We don’t want your mom laying on the floor for 8, 10, 24 hours or longer….the psychological and physical trauma is awful. Getting help quickly is critical. Unfortunately, it's not a matter of if she will fall, but when and how.
When talking to someone about the best medical alert systems for their needs, it's important to be mindful of how they live day-to-day. Are they active just inside the house, or do they get out-and-about and need protection everywhere they go. The idea is to understand that a medical alert device won't get in the way of how they live every day.

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