Senior Care in Norwalk CT: Persuading a Resistant Parent to Wear a Medical Alert Device


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Persuading a Resistant Parent to Wear a Medical Alert Device

Senior Care in Norwalk CT

Senior Care in Norwalk CTMedical alert devices are one of the best tools for older adults who insist on living alone. With the push of a button, an emergency response team will be alerted that the elder is in danger and be on their way to help. For most seniors, it is their adult child who makes the decision to purchase this device. But is it something their parent will actually wear?

There are a number of reasons elders may refuse to wear a medical alert device. They could feel as though it interferes with their independence, it portrays them as frail and old, and the list of reasons could go on and on. If your loved one is 100% against the use of this product, a senior care provider can provide the elder with companionship all day, while also making sure they are safe and offer medication reminders.

Getting your loved one to wear the device may not be easy, but here are some tips that could make them more willing to see it your way.

Show Some Compassion

It may not be the device itself that your loved one is against, but what it symbolizes. Seniors usually do not want to be thought of as weak or unable to care for themselves, which is why they probably will not jump at the chance to wear a medical alert device. Try to understand their point of view and listen to their concerns. Yet, you also need to remind them of the dangers they could face if an accident were to occur and no one was around to help them. By showing a little compassion and understanding, they may be more likely to listen to what you have to say.

Demonstrate How Easy it is to Use

New technology can be intimidating for elderly adults, which could be a reason they are resisting the use of a medical alert device. One look at it could overwhelm them because they may think it is too complicated and difficult for them to learn at their age. Show them just how easy it is to set up and use. They might also feel more comfortable with this device if you are present for every stage of setting it up.

A Little Guilt Goes a Long Way

You are never too old to guilt your mom or dad into doing something you want them to do. And there is no better reason to get them to see things your way than pulling on their heartstrings a little. They may be hesitant to use the device, but one thing they are sure of is how much they love you. If they are still not willing to wear the medical alert device after hearing your reasons for wanting them to wear it, ask them if they will wear it for you. Let them know how important their health and safety is to you and that you would feel much better knowing they had this device with them.

These three ideas should help you persuade the elder to wear this device for their own well-being.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAMâ„¢.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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