Alert Sentry

Personal Emergency Response System

Minutes Really Count

What are the Facts? The New England Journal of Medicine reports the following statistics for victims that fall in their home and cannot reach a phone:
  • The average time spent incapacitated was 18 hours.
  • Victims were found by family members only 11% of the time.
  • 28% of victims died, often as a result of the effects of waiting and not receiving help in a timely manner.
  • 62% of survivors required a hospital stay averaging 8 days and costing thousands of dollars in extra medical fees.
  • And, only 38% of those that survived were able to return to living independently.
The statistics clearly point out that minutes really count! The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that for elderly people who live alone, becoming incapacitated and unable to get help is a common event, which usually marks the end of their ability to live independently.