When a person over the age of 65 falls, they are more likely to suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas. According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls also increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, this public health problem is largely preventable.

Helen Thompson, of Liverpool, started stumbling a bit because of the medications she’s taking. At the age of 90, she’s still living at home. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The doctor says she’s really healthy and has a strong heart,” her son Peter says. “I wanted her to be as safe and independent as possible at home…because that’s where she wants to be.”

It often becomes a necessity to leave home as you age, so you can receive the proper services and care to keep you living longer. However, the decision to move from the home you love comes at a high emotional and financial cost. That’s where home-based services step in. They are now available to delay or avoid an alternative living situation.

Peter Thompson ordered the Lifeline Medical Alert system for his mother last year. He had to convince her that the service would enable her to live at home, which it has.

“I wanted to make sure she had the button in case something happened,” Peter says. “She didn’t like any of the services I got for her initially, including having an aide. But now she loves it,” he says.

Lifeline is available locally through Franciscan Companies. The newest device has AutoAlert, which calls for help even if a fall results in someone being unconscious, immobile or just disoriented.  For someone who falls as a result of a stroke or heart attack, getting help quickly can improve the outlook for survival and recovery and possibly reduce length of stay.

“It gives me some reassurance and peace of mind,” Peter says. “She’s 90. She deserves the right to live her life the way she wants.”

Call Franciscan Companies Lifeline at (315) 492-8175 for more information.