Medical Alert Self-Assessment
A medical alert service gives older adults and those with chronic medical conditions the security and confidence to continue to live independently at the one place they feel most comfortable – in their own home.
Is it time to consider a medical alarm for you or someone you care for?
To find out answer the nine simple questions below.
|1.||Are you alone for several hours during the day or night?||2|
|2.||In the past year, have you fallen, been worried about falling, or otherwise been at risk of falling in your home?||3|
|3.||Have you been hospitalized, or been to the emergency room, in the past year?||2|
|4.||Do you have at least one of these chronic ailments: Heart Disease? Stroke? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease? Osteoporosis? Diabetes? Arthritis?||2|
|5.||Do you use a cane, walker, wheelchair, stair climber or other assistive device to help with balance or walking?||3|
|6.||Are you required to take several daily medications?||3|
|7.||Do you require assitance with at least one of the following activities: Bathing? Toileting? Dressing? Meal Preparation?||3|
|8.||Would a medical alert provide peace of mind for you or your loved ones?||1|
|9.||Is it important to you to continue living independently?||1|
|Determine Your Need|
|Your total points indicate the level of need for a medical alert service.|
|15-20 points – Urgent Need||A medical alert is likely to be recommended with some urgency by doctors, nurses and professional caregivers in this situation.|
|8-14 points – Elevated Need||A medical alert is likely to be highly recommended by hospitals, doctors, nurses and professional caregivers.|
|4-7 points – Moderate Need||Hospitals, doctors, nurses and professional caregivers might advise you to consider a medical alert.|
|0-3 points – Limited Need||A medical alert may not be required immediately, but re-evaluation is recommended as time goes on or the situation changes.|
|Important Note: Every situation is unique, so if you have any particular concerns, contact a trusted health professional, or call Lifeline at 785.452.6177.|
To enroll or for more information, call Salina Regional Health Center Lifeline
800-242-1306 - Ext. 4793