Imagine the following situation: you are walking peacefully on the streets, when suddenly you hear an ear-piercing noise. What would you do? Most people would likely investigate the source of the high-pitch sound. The curious nature of humans is what makes safety whistles work.
These handy little items are designed to attract the attention of people nearby. Safety whistles and personal alarm devices were originally created to protect the user against attempted robberies and other acts of violence, but they were quickly adapted by the senior community as a signaling tool in case a medical emergency occurs. A safety whistle is as simple as it gets, while personal alarm devices are nearly as easy in usage as they just require a push of a button or the pulling of a pin to produce a loud noise.
A safety whistle is as simple as it could be, and many seniors will have good childhood memories to whistles. It can simply be worn around the neck or it can be tuck away in a purse or bag for quick access whenever necessary.The action of whistling obviously requires effort from the user, which is something that an elderly person might not manage during a heart attack, and certainly won’t provide much help if they become unconscious. However, they still serve a lifesaving function if it’s being used by the patient’s spouse.
Whistles do have other benefits when compared to personal alarm devices, though: they are much cheaper, often coming in five-packs. Furthermore, they don’t easily break and your whistle never runs out of battery power. Heimdall safety whistles come with a lanyard, and are even lighter than the portable alarms. Lastly, the Ontrip whistles are made from water-resistant materials and can therefore be used by the aging wearer when swimming.
Personal Alarm Systems
Personal alarm systems are small, lightweight items sporting a stylish look so they don’t raise suspicion. People can mount it on their bag, attach it to their belt, carry it in their palm or simply hide it in their pocket. When the hidden pin is pulled out, the device emits a shrieking sound.
Such alarms provide peace of mind for an elderly user in more than one way. They can intimidate criminals or anyone who might assault them on the street and, unlike pepper spray, personal alarm systems don’t require any skill to be effective. If the user is lost, the tool can be used as a signal beacon. And last but not least, if they have a sudden heart attack or fall to the ground, the alarm’s screech would attract a crowd of helpful people.
Enhancing Safety With Medical Alarm Systems and Safety Whistles
Personal alarm systems and safety whistles add another layer of safety to the older person’s life, even if they have a medical alarm system. For example, if a senior cannot afford a mobile system, they can wear a personal alarm alongside their medical ID tag. So when the emergency response team finds them they will also notice the ID, informing them about important allergies and family members to contact.
It’s a good idea to give whistles to a caregiver or the elderly patient’s spouse, not the person who actually needs help. Such a clever and affordable addition to the senior’s arsenal can ensure they remain safe even when they are far from their home.