If not now, when?

The Coronavirus crisis has brought to a head how interconnected we are. No man is an island and we all rely on a system of interconnections to provide our comfort and wellbeing.

Some of the ways we had of looking out for loved ones are being tested by self-isolation. Perhaps now is the time to explore how you can make sure loved ones can get help when they need it.

The hierarchy of needs

In 1943 Abraham Maslow codified the Hierarchy of needs. We in the developed world have long taken the lower levels for granted. Generally, we are able to enjoy shelter, clean air, clean water and food, if not by our own effort then through the safety net of state provision. The state also legislates and polices our safety and we have been lucky enough that we could focus on nurturing our sense of connection to others and also to our community and how we can become who we want to be (even if that is only to watch box sets).


Sars-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19 brings us back down the pyramid. We have to consider how we will get our physiological needs served. Those of us in homes have shelter, clothing air and water, but even then getting food (and toilet paper) has become a bit more challenging.

Considering our Safety Needs

Shielding ourselves from the coronavirus does not eliminate the other dangers that we face. People will still fall and all the ‘normal’ illnesses still exist. Some experts consider that having to change our normal routines exposes us to more danger. Reconstructive surgeons are reporting a spike in accidents where people are undertaking at home tasks they might normally have someone do for them, such as gardening and DIY.

Now more than ever it is important to make sure those living alone have an effective system of getting help if and when they need it.

Choosing the right protection

We all like to think that if needed we will get a telephone call from them but if someone is short of breath, in sudden pain, has fallen or even become immobile getting to the phone becomes impossible. Whilst we think the Assure (our solution) will suit many with its easy to wear wristband that is designed to be worn all the time and an array of triggers for comprehensive protection for all of these eventualities, we recognise that there is no one-size fits all when it comes to finding the best personal alarm for the elderly and vulnerable.

We developed a Guide to choosing the right protection for your needs and it is available to download here.

What has become more important with COVID-19 is whether you can get a system active as quickly, safely and simply as possible.

The Assure is simple to set up for yourself or on behalf of someone else. If you don’t want to do it yourself, we can preconfigure it before it is shipped so that it just needs connecting in the house – and we can talk you through that too. Click here to tailor a system to suit your needs and see how much it will cost.
If you’d like to make use us helping to set-up the service please phone us on 0345 25 75 080 as we will need to take the names and phone numbers of the wearer and a couple of responders as well as at least one email address.

 

Once you have done as much as you reasonably can to keep loved ones safe you might want to explore

Ideas for using technology to keep in touch

This article has several ideas for how to keep connected using internet technology. You will probably be aware of a lot of them but one or two might be new.
https://www.acticheck.com/making-the-most-of-social-distancing-and-social-isolation/

 

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