Caregiver Resources

There's a lot of good information for caregivers, but some resources are better than others when it comes to the care of a loved one. We've compiled a list of these resources that may be useful to you.

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Fall Management

Technology innovations are proving to change the future of fall management and prevention. Image credit: Zibrio The Future of Fall Management and Prevention Falls in the senior population are a serious public health concern. With falls causing more than 3 million emergency room visits annually and 800,000 hospitalizations each year,
Lifeline Program for Low-Income Seniors

Lifeline Program for Low-Income Seniors

Many older adults live with a fixed income and for some, that fixed income is quite low. In fact, an estimated 7.2 million seniors live in poverty, which can be stressful for both the older adult and their loved ones. Fortunately, there are programs that are specifically for older adults
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Fall Detection FAQ’s

Featured Image Credit: geralt / Pixabay Does Medicaid pay for Life Alert? There are four Medicaid programs that may cover fall detection devices. These programs are Home and Community Based Services, Consumer Directed Services, Personal Attendant Programs, and Money Follows The Person. These programs can vary from state to state
Senior Safety Guide

Senior Safety Guide

Senior safety awareness is more critical now than ever. The percentage of the population that are seniors is rising, as is the average life expectancy and the number of people over 80 years old. The fact that the population is becoming dominated by seniors means that a large part of
3 Main Types of Medical Alert Systems and Devices Explained

3 Main Types of Medical Alert Systems and Devices Explained

There are so many medical devices out there that alert you to different medical needs. How do you know which one you should choose? You can start by reading our Medical Guardian reviews. Medical alert systems and devices are a way of allowing your aging loved one to remain at
DIY Emergency Buttons for the Elderly

DIY Emergency Buttons for the Elderly

There is no shortage of choices when it comes to choosing a medical alert device, yet some of the “geekier” among us choose to build their own. Not out of necessity, but out of the sheer love for hacking. If you’ve read our Bay Alarm Medical reviews and decided, who
Downsizing Tips for Seniors Looking to Age in Place

Downsizing Tips for Seniors Looking to Age in Place

Living in a large home can eventually become a burden once the kids have moved away and established lives of their own. Many seniors decide to downgrade the size of their homes because they no longer need the extra space. Furthermore, the money they receive from selling their homes can
Surprising Facts: Top 9 Causes of Senior Falls

Surprising Facts: Top 9 Causes of Senior Falls

One of the greatest dangers a senior can face is falling, especially when no one else is around. Fall statistics for seniors are alarming. A senior is taken to the hospital for injuries related to a fall every 11 seconds. Even more alarming is the fact that a senior dies
Find and Apply for Senior Benefits

NCOA’S Benefits Checkup Site – Find and Apply for Senior Benefits

A new feature has been added by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to its web-based program BenefitsCheckUp that has the potential to assist millions of patients who are not enrolled (but are eligible for) Extra Help Benefit — a service that’s made available through Part D, Medicare’s Prescription Drug
Emergency Checklist For Seniors

Emergency Checklist for Seniors

When it comes to elderly care, you always want to be prepared in the case of an emergency. If you’re the caretaker of a senior citizen, you should have an emergency checklist on hand at all times to make your job that much easier. Knowing who to contact during an
Best Smartphones For Seniors

Best Smartphones for Seniors

Technology continues to evolve at an astounding rate. With new advancements made practically every day senior citizens are in danger of being left out of touch. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. Especially when it comes to one of the most useful and innovative inventions of our age
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Top 5 Strategies for Implementing Fall detection

For most of us, when we think of hazards, falling isn’t the first thing that typically comes to mind. However, every year more than 37.3 million falls are deemed severe enough to require medical attention. According to the World Health Organization, falls are the second leading cause of accidental or
Medical Alert Checklist

How to Choose a Medical Alert System

Medical alert systems save lives. This is especially the case for those who are at risk of falling, those who have dementia, and for the elderly who live alone. Choosing the right type of medical alert system will give you the peace of mind that help is only a click
Trends In Telemedicine For 2018 and Beyond

Trends in Telemedicine

The world is globalizing. With information and technology expanding at a massive rate, there are no signs of our swift advancements slowing down anytime soon. One of the industries that are taking advantage of this massive growth of technology and information is telemedicine. Telemedicine is the very epitome of technology-driven
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New Technology for Aging in Place

A new trend has been gaining popularity within the senior citizen population of the United States — aging in place. In other words, an increasing number of seniors would rather grow old in their homes rather than live in a senior care facility. Though the idea is admirable, aging in
Senior man sitting on a bench with cue in hand, waiting for his turn at shuffleboard.

Sports and Games for Seniors: Fun and Exercise in One

Fitness, it is on the fast track and has been trending across the United States for years. Exercise moves and routines are recycled, new twists and improvements are added to make them the latest “new old” craze across all age groups from the very young to seniors. When it comes
Seniors Walking and Talking

How to Keep Your Elderly Loved Ones Busy and Active

These seniors enjoy each others company while they walk for exercise. As your loved ones get older, retire, and possibly move to new communities, they may not have as many opportunities to get out and socialize as they did in their younger years. It will also be harder for them
Medical Alert Device Recommendations

Medical Alert Device Recommendations

With senior living focusing more on independence than ever before, the need for medical alert devices has soared. Recent monitoring systems advancements have allowed aid to many people suffering from medical hardships. But with all of the companies and personal emergency response systems on the market, where does one start
Senior Independent Living

Senior Independent Living

As our loved ones age, we want them to remain healthy and safe in their own home for as long as possible, so it is important to make sure their environment is appropriate for their physical needs. Unfortunately, several issues that affect seniors can make living environments dangerous, including medication
Will Medicare/Medicaid Pay for Life Alert Devices and Monitoring?

Will Medicare/Medicaid Pay for Life Alert Devices and Monitoring?

For most older adults on a fixed income, finding ways to offset the costs of potentially life-saving or life-enhancing resources is an important part of meeting health goals. It can be difficult, however, to figure out what equipment is covered under Medicare or Medicaid, and what equipment you might have
Aging in Place - Preventing Falls

Aging in Place – Preventing Falls

Falls are a major public health concern for older Americans, and many of these falls occur where you feel that you should be the safest: in your own home. These falls are often due to hazards that can be easy to overlook, but most are simple to fix. There are
Caring for Chronically Ill Seniors

Caring for Chronically Ill Seniors

When a senior citizen develops a chronic condition, they often require much more care than usual. This is because in addition to the chronic condition, they are also affected by various age-related issues such as diminished eyesight, arthritis, difficulty bending or standing, and other problems. Three of the most common
Stay Healthy with Tai Chi

Stay Healthy with Tai Chi

Tai chi is one of the most well-known and popular exercise forms in China. Originally a variety of martial arts, tai chi utilizes breathing exercises and body postures that are performed in a slow, sequential pattern. These exercises can improve a senior citizen’s balance and alignment while enhancing coordination and
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Coping With Pet Separation

Pet owners know that a strong bond can develop when having a pet, so being separated for even a short period of time can be stressful for both the owner and the animal. For pets, separation anxiety can result in destructive behaviors. Owners may have a difficult time dealing with
Healthy Eating after 50

Healthy Eating after 50

Good nutrition is recommended at all ages, but as you get older, healthy eating becomes even more important. For adults who are 50 or older, a proper diet can give you the energy you need to stay active while helping you to stay mentally sharp. Good nutrition is also essential
Senior at Home Safety Tips

Home Safety for Seniors: Safety Solutions for Independent Seniors

As a senior citizen, you have a variety of housing options available to meet your needs. Active and independent older adults sometimes choose to live in adult retirement communities that provide recreational and social activities, while seniors who might need some extra help at home may benefit from assisted living
Simple Exercises for Seniors

Simple Exercises for Seniors

When you were a child, your parents told you to get out and exercise. When you were an adult you stayed physically fit with a daily workout. Now that you’re retired, it would be great if you could retire from exercise routines too but…alas, in order to achieve a healthy,
The Accelerometer: Fall Detection and More Interesting Applications

The Accelerometer: Fall Detection and More Interesting Applications

From the functionality of medical alert devices to measuring proper acceleration or g-force, one needs an accelerometer. However, this small device doesn’t measure what most people think of as acceleration (an increase in speed). Instead, accelerometer’s measure what scientists consider proper acceleration, or the acceleration of an object relative to
Carer Resources

Carer Resources

According to a 2009 study completed by AARP, there are over 65 million people in the U.S. that are acting as unpaid caregivers to provide care for an adult who is ill or has a disability. This number makes up approximately 29% of the U.S. population that are spending an
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How Do Medical Alert Devices Work?

Part 1          Part 2          Part 3 Traditional Medical Alert Systems Here are some examples of typical medical monitoring devices that you may find while searching for the right medical alert company These models provide the two-way voice feature, made popular in the industry by Life Alert systems,

Here are some other great resources that you may find useful.  If you find a site that may help others readers, please send it to us so we may consider posting it on this page.

Family Caregiver Alliance

U.S. Administration on Aging Eldercare Locator


Home Instead Senior Care

Caregiver Action Network

New Lifestyles

Electronic Security Association (ESA)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.(UL)

The Monitoring Association (TMA) Five Diamond Program

Medical Alert Monitoring Association (MAMA)