Benefits Of Having A Senior Medical Alert System

27 Jan

Senior medical alert systems help ensure the safety of your elderly loved ones. Making sure they’re safe definitely is a challenge, but it can be made easier with the right approach.

Having a medical alert system installed at home has brought peace of mind to manner. With this set-up in place, you will know that your parents or loved ones can always get help when they need it. It consists basically of a console unit that is connected to a phone line, and a lightweight SOS button that is worn around the neck or on the wrist. They go by various names, such as personal emergency response systems (PERS) or fall alert systems.


Threat of falls. Among older people aged 65 and above, falls are one of the major reasons for them being hospitalized. Risks increase as they grow older, and every fall can result to more serious injuries such as fractions and trauma. Falling and staying on the ground for hours can bring serious complications. Examples of these complications are hypothermia, dehydration, muscle breakdown, pressure ulcers, and even renal failure.

Not as strong as before. Besides the threat of falls, as people grow older, they become physically less strong then before. Whether we like it or not, seniors can be more susceptible to ailments and diseases. For seniors who are recovering from surgeries or going through physical therapy treatment, having help at hand provides additional assurance. With these systems that are monitored by trained professionals, someone qualified is always available to provide them the necessary assistance.

These systems are not just for individuals at home. For operators of home health or senior facilities, senior alert systems are often deployed to ensure that help is readily accessible.

Benefits Of Medical Alert Systems

The owner can access help conveniently at any time. If he or she fell or slipped in the shower and cannot get up, a click of the button will connect them to a monitoring representative.

The elderly or the disabled find themselves living on their own. Perhaps their children work in far away cities, or have their own family to attend to. Even though physical presence of others is limited, having a medical alert system will ensure that assistance is available.

The elderly prefer to live independently. They would still want to have the life they used to have – these systems will give the elderly the independence and the security they need. These systems can delay the move to a nursing home, which reduces expenses tremendously. Not only that, for some, living independently enhances their feeling of self-worth and feelings of freedom.

It offers peace of mind to both elderly users and their families. As human beings, we constantly worry about what will happen if something bad befalls us or our loved ones. With a system set-up at home, it will reduce level of worry and anxiety.

Similar to insurance, the medical alert system is really a product that we buy hoping that no big emergencies will occur. However, it is still important to test the system out periodically to make sure that everything is working fine. Test calls are free.

Additional Considerations

Sometimes, the elderly are hesitant to use the system because of various fears and concerns. Perhaps it’s doesn’t feel very convenient, or they don’t like being classified as being physically less capable as they used to. Whatever their reasons, don’t try to force it upon them. Try to take a step back and see where the real objection is in order to neutralize it.

Medical alert systems are good tools, but the children and relatives have to ensure that it’s actually worn by their loved ones. There have been cases where the senior fell but was not able to ask for help because the button was just hanging by the bed rail, or left on the kitchen table.

What Are Shoe Lifts Explained

24 Jan

Shoes lift is also known as footwear lifts or elevator insole/inserts. Shoes lift is originated from Elevator Shoes. When shoes makers first made elevator shoes, they found it’s very hard to produce a lot of styles for elevator shoes as normal shoes. Also, customers ask for something like an insole to put in normal shoes to make them look taller. Then some footwear makers tried to take out the inner insole of elevator shoes and trimmed it to a standalone insole.

However, lift insert in the early stage are not comfortable because of material and the height of the insert. As time goes, there are more and more elevator insole products in markets with different material, style and height. Like elevator shoes, by wearing elevator shoes, one can look taller instantly and look slimmer. For some people, soft elevator insole can reduce foot pain caused by dress shoes. Also, a good elevator insole can help eliminate foot pain because of the additional arch support.

Shoe lifts are usually 0.5-2.5 inches depend on different styles and materials. Inserts more than 3” are generally very uncomfortable. Unless you have to, otherwise you should choose an insole lower than 2 inches.

Please note that height lifts are different from heel lifts. Heel lifts are for people with different length of legs[1], so that the added height is hard not soft. However, some people use shoes lift as heel lift. It depends on personal preferences.

Different types of shoe lifts
Manufactures try to make different kinds of insoles to adapt with different footwear. Unlike early days, we now have insoles including full, half and detachable insole.

Full-insole: It is designed to support the full foot. It’s like normal insole but the grade increase gradually from front to the back. Because of the full foot support, full-insole is generally the most comfortable kind of insole/insert. However, not every footwear can adapt this. It requires more room in the head part of the shoe.

Half-insole: It is designed to only support the heel part of the foot. Because of the missing support for the front part of the foot, this kind of insole is less comfortable than full-insole. But half insole/inserts are more adaptive. It can be put on very light shoes.

Detachable Insoles: It has multiple layers (usually two or three). Wearers can adjust the height of the insole based on personal preferences. Both full-insole and half-insole can be made as detachable insole. Some people even put detachable insole into elevator shoes.

Materials used in lift inserts
There are generally four types materials used in elevator insoles, wood, hard-rubber, soft-rubber and gel.

Wood: Wood is usually used in heel lifts because it’s hard. However, in early days, people also use wood lift as footwear lift. No manufacture is producing shoes lifts in wood now.

Hard-rubber: Hard-rubber is also mostly used in heel lifts. Some people prefer hard-rubber as shoes lift because the hardness which is between wood and soft-rubber. Also, this is probably the cheapest material.

Soft-rubber: Soft-rubber is the most common material used in elevator insoles. The only problem for soft-rubber is smell. New insoles made in soft rubber have an odd smell. This smell usually goes away once you wear it. Most people like soft-rubber because it’s softness.

Gel: Gel is most update to date material for shoes lift. It was used as body plant material. Because most shoes lift gel is low class silicon gel, it has a little petrol smell when it’s new. This is most comfortable material for shoes lift. Of course, it’s also the most expensive one.

Who are wearing footwear lift?
Both men and women wear elevator inserts today. Most people like to put elevator insole in boots because it’s hidden and more comfortable. There are more people wearing elevator insole than elevator shoes because elevator insole is cheaper and easy to adapt with normal shoes. However, most long-term wearers choose elevator shoes because of the comfort.

What To Expect At A Psychotherapist Session

23 Jan

Some people think that going to a therapist is like going to a car mechanic: they expect the therapist to diagnose a specific problem and fix it just as the mechanic puts in new brake pads or readjusts the carburetor. These clients expect something to happen to them. That is not the case. Don’t expect the other person to have all the answers. Therapists don’t come with crystal balls. You have the answers. They are already within you. The psychotherapist helps you discover those answers as you examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I think of therapy as education. In therapy you may learn new skills to help you communicate better, decrease difficulties in your life and increase benefits.

Don’t be afraid to shop around for a good match between you and your therapist when looking for psychotherapist near me. No matter how well trained the therapist is, if you are not at ease with him or her or willing to talk about personal problems or feelings, you will be wasting your money. Trust your intuition.

When my daughter was a teenager I was a single parent in a quandary about how to parent my children. I wasn’t a therapist at that time, and our small family was in turmoil. I found a psychologist who was well known and highly credentialed. After two sessions with him I cringed at the thought of going back, but I told myself that he knew what he was doing since he was so well known. Fortunately, my daughter trusted her intuition and absolutely refused to go back under any circumstances. It turned out that none of us liked him or felt comfortable with him. We found someone else that we liked and trusted and got better results.

About a year later I bumped into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in a long time. She looked happy and excitedly reported that she had the most wonderful therapist. He had helped her change her life. When I asked who it was she gave me the name of the man my family had hated. The lesson here is not that someone you don’t like isn’t a good therapist, it’s that someone you don’t feel comfortable with is not the right person for you. Ask your insurance company for more than one referral just in case, so you can choose wisely.

If you have a friend or family member who raves about their therapist take the recommendation seriously only if your friends or family have shown significant and visible changes in behavior and attitudes during their therapy.

Once doctors have finished their basic training they can continue with specialty trainings to become surgeons, obstetricians, cardiologists, and more. This is not the case with psychotherapists. Most psychologists, marriage and family therapists and social workers get basic training plus the equivalent of an internship before they take their license exam. Those who are interested in specific areas like addiction, bi-polar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders etc. must get additional training on their own.

It is OK to ask direct questions about your therapist’s background and ask what qualifies them to be a specialist in the problem you want to deal with. When you go to a medical specialist you want to see a doctor who has seen hundreds of cases or be operated on by a surgeon who has done hundreds of the procedure you are having. It is the same with mental health professionals

Beware of a therapist who acts like a judgmental parent. Mary eloped just before her thirty-fifth birthday with someone she had dated twice. The marriage immediately fell apart. As Mary told me about her problem she reported that when she was in her twenties and went for therapy following a romantic breakup her psychiatrist said, “If you aren’t married before you are 35 you never will be!” She took his word as the word of God and unconsciously jumped into a marriage before it was too late.

The most critical factor in successful therapy is the development of a positive, trusting and understanding relationship with the therapist. Don’t settle for less. Read more: