Hospital readmissions due to falls or other in-home emergencies can be an unfortunate part of independent living. Quick response time and accurate determination of medical needs helps to decrease readmissions and increase peace of mind. Healthcom’s CareLink services provide a variety of medical alert solutions with the most advanced technology for patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers.
Research shows Medical Alert Services provide:
- Improved Outcomes – Minutes matter! The longer someone lies on the floor after a fall, the worse that injury becomes.
- Reduce Readmissions –
- 48.4% fewer hospital re-admissions
- 69.3% decrease in number of days hospitalized
- 6.5% fewer ER visits
CareLink Medical Alert services offer:
- Unlimited phone access to registered nurses, with patient medical history readily available.
- Options for any type of phone line or no phone line at all.
- Support Center available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Trained operators determine the level of medical need and contact the appropriate help.
- Clear, two-way hands free communication.
- The rate of falls in the first two weeks after hospitalization is 4 times higher after discharge compared with 3 months later. (i)
- One in every three seniors will fall this year. (ii)
- Studies show medical alert users are 3 times less likely to be transported to the hospital after a fall. (iii)
- Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their actual risk of falling. Medical alert can reduce this fear, by knowing they can receive assistance with the simple press of their pendant. (iv)
(i) Mahoney JE, Palta M, Johnson J, Jalaluddin M, Gray S, Park S, Sager M. Temporal association between hospitalization and rate of falls after discharge
(ii)Hausdorff JM, Rios DA, Edelber HK. Gait variability and fall risk in community–living older adults: a 1–year prospective study
(iii) Kylie Johnston, Anthea Worley, Karen Grimmer-Sommers, Michele Sutherland, Lorraine Amos; Personal alarm use to call the ambulance after a fall in older people: characteristics of clients and falls
(iv) Scott JC. Osteoporosis and hip fractures