OSWEGO, NY – Area senior citizens have had the opportunity to learn important safety tips from Oswego Health and Menter’s Ambulance Services staff members, as well as from two groups that work to prevent falls.
The senior safety program was recently held at St. Luke’s Apartments, Bishop Commons and Simeon Dewitt Apartments, all in Oswego.
At the presentations, the seniors were provided a helpful tool that readily makes their medical history and list of medications available to emergency responders, if they are summoned to a senior’s home.
Oswego Health and Menter’s Ambulance Service developed medication forms where seniors can list their prescribed medications.
The medication form can then be placed in a folder that with the help of a magnet is placed on the senior’s refrigerator.
In the event they need to call an ambulance, all their medical information can be found in one convenient location for use by first responders.
The safety program also included safety tips on how to prevent falls in the home, presented by members of the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Oswego County.
According to state statistics, two older individuals die every day in New York, due to complications related to a fall.
The seniors also learned more about Oswego Hospital’s Lifeline Program, which allows seniors and others with medical conditions to live more independently knowing that medical help is just a phone call away.
Subscribers wear a small, simple to use device that if need be can be used to call for medical help.
Ready to take calls from Lifeline subscribers 24-hours a day are specially-trained individuals.
The staff has at their fingertips all necessary medical information on each of Lifeline’s subscribers.