Stay Safe at Home and on the Go

Friendly Wheels, Issue 86
April 2015

With MedicAlert Foundation

 

Though staying safe is a priority for many, sometimes it's difficult to know what you'll need in an emergency until it's too late.

 

Even with safety measures in place, accidents can happen. After experiencing a few falls, Amigo owner Don Tykeson felt it was time to look at options to make him feel safer. Many people who live independently or are alone for long periods of time use personal alarm systems like Philips Lifeline to make it easier to contact emergency personnel.

 

After researching options, Don felt using an emergency support system was the best fit for his needs. "I have difficulty getting up, so it is appropriate to have. So far I haven't needed to use it, but I definitely feel safer when I am out on my own," Don said.

 

Along with using a personal alarm system, wearing a medical ID is another way to ensure proper care during an emergency. MedicAlert Foundation can be your voice during an emergency if you become unresponsive. If a person has underlying medical conditions, the personally engraved medical ID can minimize the potential of medical errors made during an emergency.

 

First responders and medical personnel are trained to look for MedicAlert IDs and are backed by a 24/7 suite of emergency support services, and will connect first responders to your complete health history.

 

There is a cost to these services, and some find it difficult to determine if they need support when it comes to safety. Here are a few questions to help decide if you or a loved one are ready for an in-home medical alarm system:

 

  1. Do you live alone?
  2. Do you have serious health issues?
  3. Have you fallen recently?
  4. Do you have trouble walking?

 

If you answered yes to some of these questions, it may be time to consider using an in-home alarm system to keep you safe and give your loved ones peace of mind when you are on your own. 

 

To increase safety when using an Amigo, extra care should be taken when transferring to and from your seat. Here are some tips to increase stability during transfer:

   

    To safely stand from your Amigo:

  1. Turn seat sideways
  2. Always lock the seat
  3. Place feet firmly on ground and push yourself up

 

Tip: Bending your knees and tucking your feet under your body will give you more strength when standing than if knees are at a 90-degree angle. Try it and see the difference!

 

    To transfer from an Amigo to a walker:

  1. Park Amigo next to walker
  2. Turn seat sideways and lock it
  3. Place hands on walker and feet firmly on ground
  4. Push yourself up with support of the walker

 

     Bathroom transfer tip:

  1. Back into the bathroom
  2. Swivel seat and lock it
  3. Transfer forward to use the toilet

 

Note: In this case you will be facing backwards on the toilet, but it makes transferring easier.

 

If you use your Amigo more than four hours per day, specialized cushions can help prevent pressure sores and keep you comfortable. Specialized cushions are higher and make it easier to transfer across the seat. Click here to see Amigo's specialized seating options.

 

At the end of the day, safety is important no matter where you are or who you are with. It's safer to have precautions and not need them than to need them and not have them. We hope these tips help you feel safe at home and on the go!

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