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Posted: Dec 16, 2014 - 4:30am

 kurtster wrote:
So my Mom lives alone.  She's 87 and in good shape, for 87.

She passed out at home alone this morning for several minutes.  She felt herself getting weak and made it to the couch in time to avoid the major fall to the floor.  We've been trying to get her to get a med alert pendant thingy for sometime now that Dad is gone, to no avail.  This time, I think it will be done.  We're really pissed that she drove herself to the hospital instead of calling us or 911 for the ride.

First, anyone with recommendations for med alert service ?   There are many but I would like to know who not to go with and avoid them before I get started.

Second and pretty concerning is that if she does manage to press the button and is immobile, she always keeps her doors locked, as she should.  So EMS shows up and breaks down the door to get in ?  I mean how else does this work ?  Breaking in can be expensive to fix and must be repaired immediately to secure the house.

I'm going to call her fire department tomorrow and ask what happens.  Perhaps they have a situation where certain elderly residents can give a key to the fire department in the event they get called to rescue her ? 

 
I believe we got this one for our mother, http://www.amazon.com/Medical-Alert-System-Monthly-Charges/dp/B006T4KYRK.

Main point, no monthly fee, set up to call our primary care-giver who lives next and my brother before going to 911. My mothers 80, has a walker and gets around the house, but due to dementia, cannot cook or drive, so we have someone there 3 times a day. We just put in internet service so I can work from there once a month, but this also enables putting in a wireless cam, which also does audio,

 
aflanigan
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Posted: Dec 15, 2014 - 3:04pm

 bokey wrote:

It can't be that rural if they have food delivery. {#Drummer}

 
Where I grew up, having deer frequenting your yard was considered "food delivery".

:rimshot:
 
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Posted: Dec 15, 2014 - 12:47pm

 kurtster wrote:

She's still pretty sharp.  When she goes out to the garden, she locks the front door, and takes a door key and the cordless phone with her.  This prevents anyone from entering while she may be out back and surprising her when she goes back in.  

Its pretty rural in her location.  One morning a couple of years ago she went to the kitchen window to get the day started and had a coyote looking in at her.  Another time, the local deer herd went through in the morning and a doe delivered a fawn in the front yard.  The herd moved on leaving the fawn behind, and returned in the afternoon, with the mother getting the fawn up on its feet and headed back to where ever they spend the evening.

 

 
It can't be that rural if they have food delivery. {#Drummer}
kurtster
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Posted: Dec 15, 2014 - 12:44pm

 aflanigan wrote:

At her age, I'm surprised your mom even locks the door. My mom doesn't care to, thinks that's only for people who live in the city/in "bad" neighborhoods, etc.

 
She's still pretty sharp.  When she goes out to the garden, she locks the front door, and takes a door key and the cordless phone with her.  This prevents anyone from entering while she may be out back and surprising her when she goes back in.  

Its pretty rural in her location.  One morning a couple of years ago she went to the kitchen window to get the day started and had a coyote looking in at her.  Another time, the local deer herd went through in the morning and a doe delivered a fawn in the front yard.  The herd moved on leaving the fawn behind, and returned in the afternoon, with the mother getting the fawn up on its feet and headed back to where ever they spend the evening.

 
aflanigan
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Posted: Dec 15, 2014 - 8:34am

 kurtster wrote:
Just got off the phone with the FD and this is what they referred me to regarding EMS and FD entry problems during rescue.

Knox Box.  It ain't cheap, but its what is needed.  Cheaper than a new door and frame.

 
At her age, I'm surprised your mom even locks the door. My mom doesn't care to, thinks that's only for people who live in the city/in "bad" neighborhoods, etc.
kurtster
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Posted: Dec 15, 2014 - 6:48am

Just got off the phone with the FD and this is what they referred me to regarding EMS and FD entry problems during rescue.

Knox Box.  It ain't cheap, but its what is needed.  Cheaper than a new door and frame.
kurtster
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Posted: Dec 14, 2014 - 8:03pm

 aflanigan wrote:

The one I chose for my mom is from Greatcall.com, called 5star. They've upgraded and renamed the device (made it waterproof), now it's called Splash.

It can locate you no matter where you are. The way it works is if you push the button briefly an operator comes on the line and talks to your mom, tries to call you or your siblings (or whoever is on their contact list) if appropriate, etc. If your mom presses and holds the button, it connects her to 911 service.

http://www.greatcall.com/

 

 
Very cool.  That's been the top of my list for awhile.

We might even switch our own cell phones to this outfit. 
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Posted: Dec 14, 2014 - 7:24pm

 kurtster wrote:
So my Mom lives alone.  She's 87 and in good shape, for 87.

She passed out at home alone this morning for several minutes.  She felt herself getting weak and made it to the couch in time to avoid the major fall to the floor.  We've been trying to get her to get a med alert pendant thingy for sometime now that Dad is gone, to no avail.  This time, I think it will be done.  We're really pissed that she drove herself to the hospital instead of calling us or 911 for the ride.

First, anyone with recommendations for med alert service ?   There are many but I would like to know who not to go with and avoid them before I get started.

Second and pretty concerning is that if she does manage to press the button and is immobile, she always keeps her doors locked, as she should.  So EMS shows up and breaks down the door to get in ?  I mean how else does this work ?  Breaking in can be expensive to fix and must be repaired immediately to secure the house.

I'm going to call her fire department tomorrow and ask what happens.  Perhaps they have a situation where certain elderly residents can give a key to the fire department in the event they get called to rescue her ? 

 
The one I chose for my mom is from Greatcall.com, called 5star. They've upgraded and renamed the device (made it waterproof), now it's called Splash.

It can locate you no matter where you are. The way it works is if you push the button briefly an operator comes on the line and talks to your mom, tries to call you or your siblings (or whoever is on their contact list) if appropriate, etc. If your mom presses and holds the button, it connects her to 911 service.

http://www.greatcall.com/

 
kurtster
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Posted: Dec 14, 2014 - 6:49pm

 bokey wrote:

They have a lockbox like a realtor uses on the outside that you keep a doorkey in.

I've never used one of the services so I can't offer a recommendation.

 
Cool on the lock box.  That'll do it !

and the remote lock is also a good possibility.
 

Thanks.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2014 - 6:30pm

 kurtster wrote:
So my Mom lives alone.  She's 87 and in good shape, for 87.

She passed out at home alone this morning for several minutes.  She felt herself getting weak and made it to the couch in time to avoid the major fall to the floor.  We've been trying to get her to get a med alert pendant thingy for sometime now that Dad is gone, to no avail.  This time, I think it will be done.  We're really pissed that she drove herself to the hospital instead of calling us or 911 for the ride.

First, anyone with recommendations for med alert service ?   There are many but I would like to know who not to go with and avoid them before I get started.

Second and pretty concerning is that if she does manage to press the button and is immobile, she always keeps her doors locked, as she should.  So EMS shows up and breaks down the door to get in ?  I mean how else does this work ?  Breaking in can be expensive to fix and must be repaired immediately to secure the house.

I'm going to call her fire department tomorrow and ask what happens.  Perhaps they have a situation where certain elderly residents can give a key to the fire department in the event they get called to rescue her ? 

 
They have a lockbox like a realtor uses on the outside that you keep a doorkey in.

I've never used one of the services so I can't offer a recommendation.


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Posted: Dec 14, 2014 - 6:28pm

 kurtster wrote:
So my Mom lives alone.  She's 87 and in good shape, for 87.

She passed out at home alone this morning for several minutes.  She felt herself getting weak and made it to the couch in time to avoid the major fall to the floor.  We've been trying to get her to get a med alert pendant thingy for sometime now that Dad is gone, to no avail.  This time, I think it will be done.  We're really pissed that she drove herself to the hospital instead of calling us or 911 for the ride.

First, anyone with recommendations for med alert service ?   There are many but I would like to know who not to go with and avoid them before I get started.

Second and pretty concerning is that if she does manage to press the button and is immobile, she always keeps her doors locked, as she should.  So EMS shows up and breaks down the door to get in ?  I mean how else does this work ?  Breaking in can be expensive to fix and must be repaired immediately to secure the house.

I'm going to call her fire department tomorrow and ask what happens.  Perhaps they have a situation where certain elderly residents can give a key to the fire department in the event they get called to rescue her ? 

 
I would think that the med alert services would have answers for you on how they deal with locked doors. maybe remote locks are an option. like on-star does for cars.
kurtster
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Posted: Dec 14, 2014 - 6:24pm

So my Mom lives alone.  She's 87 and in good shape, for 87.

She passed out at home alone this morning for several minutes.  She felt herself getting weak and made it to the couch in time to avoid the major fall to the floor.  We've been trying to get her to get a med alert pendant thingy for sometime now that Dad is gone, to no avail.  This time, I think it will be done.  We're really pissed that she drove herself to the hospital instead of calling us or 911 for the ride.

First, anyone with recommendations for med alert service ?   There are many but I would like to know who not to go with and avoid them before I get started.

Second and pretty concerning is that if she does manage to press the button and is immobile, she always keeps her doors locked, as she should.  So EMS shows up and breaks down the door to get in ?  I mean how else does this work ?  Breaking in can be expensive to fix and must be repaired immediately to secure the house.

I'm going to call her fire department tomorrow and ask what happens.  Perhaps they have a situation where certain elderly residents can give a key to the fire department in the event they get called to rescue her ? 


Alexandra

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Zodiac: Libra
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Posted: Nov 24, 2014 - 6:37pm

 helenofjoy wrote:
She looks so happy!  I'm so glad she had a great day!

 
 
Thanks! Me too....and today her 6th great-grandchild was born—-and named after her! 
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Posted: Nov 24, 2014 - 3:48pm

 Alexandra wrote:

 
No one Skyped but they posted photos. Looks like it was a smashing success!
 
(don't know if this is password-protected or not)
 


  She looks so happy!  I'm so glad she had a great day!


oldviolin
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Posted: Nov 23, 2014 - 8:53pm

 Alexandra wrote:

 
No one Skyped but they posted photos. Looks like it was a smashing success!
 
(don't know if this is password-protected or not)
 


 
{#Good-vibes}
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Posted: Nov 23, 2014 - 7:37pm

 Alexandra wrote:

 
No one Skyped but they posted photos. Looks like it was a smashing success!
 
(don't know if this is password-protected or not)
 


 
{#Good-vibes}
Coaxial
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Posted: Nov 23, 2014 - 7:10pm

Great shot, Alexandra.
Rod
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Posted: Nov 23, 2014 - 6:33pm

 Alexandra wrote:

 
No one Skyped but they posted photos. Looks like it was a smashing success!
 
(don't know if this is password-protected or not)
 


 
Very sweet photo! {#Heartkiss}
Alexandra

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Zodiac: Libra
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Posted: Nov 23, 2014 - 6:17pm

 Alexandra wrote:
Mom turns 92 this coming Tuesday. One of my sisters planned a brilliant birthday party for her tomorrow...all the local/semi-local kids and grandkids and grandlings are coming to her facility with home cooked food, instruments and song, and a special video put together by my filmmaker sister—-who compiled all the personal videos of those who live far away. Then Mom can always watch it and know where everyone is and what they are doing.
 
 
It's going to be a good, good day for my Mom. I hope someone Skypes me in so I can see her radiant face when everyone is there with her.

 
 
No one Skyped but they posted photos. Looks like it was a smashing success!
 
(don't know if this is password-protected or not)
 

sirdroseph
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Posted: Nov 22, 2014 - 11:52am

 Alexandra wrote:

 
So I'm guessing it's yours too?
 
She also shares it with my nephew who will be 13 (holy CRAP) and one of my best friends, Dave. 

 

Yep. Sagitarrius to the core!{#Lol}
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