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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Jun 13, 2019

Do personal alarms actually work?

It’s no exaggeration to say a personal alarm can save your life - just ask Leyna, who suffered a fall when she was alone on her property near Geelong. In 2017, Leyna became unwell. “I was in and out of hospital, I lived alone, and I needed extra support,” she explained. [caption id="attachment_13303" align="alignleft" width="300"] Leyna wearing her personal alarm. Image supplied.[/caption] A friend suggested she get a personal alarm. After doing some research, Leyna decided to go...
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Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Mepacs

Karen has over 20 years marketing experience across multiple brands and has been working for MePACS as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the last two years spreading the word of the good work the MePACS team do. MePACS is backed by an Australia Health Service and has over 39,000 customers. They have 28 years’ experience in saving lives and keeping older Australians safe whilst living independently in their own homes and giving their families peace of mind.

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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Apr 18, 2019

Staying independent as we age, with a little help

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz3_VBYu2o4 As we age, there may come a time when we have to accept we need a little more help. We know most senior Australians wish to remain living in their own home independently and, as such, accepting support can give them the confidence to ensure this happens.    A survey by The Productivity Commission in 2015 found that 83 per cent of Australians over the age of 60 would strongly prefer to age in place, in...
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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Mar 4, 2019

Healthcare workers put those they care for first, but they must also look after themselves

When pathology collector, Sarah, was attending to a patient one day, both were alarmed to suddenly hear aggressive and agitated behaviour outside the consultation room. Sarah was the only member of staff on site, so she knew it was up to her to deal with the matter alone. Both Sarah and the patient became increasingly anxious about what was going on outside the room as the consultation progressed. 95% of healthcare workers have experienced violence at work Sarah was right...
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Karen Smith
Karen Smith Jan 22, 2019

When is the best time to start wearing a personal alarm?

It’s not easy to let a loved one know you are concerned about their ability to continue living independently. There is the very real risk you will hurt their sense of pride, and perhaps make them confront issues about their life they would rather ignore. But it is better to bring the subject up early - if you delay and an adverse incident occurs, your loved one’s independence could be eroded even further. Encouraging a loved one to wear a...
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