by Heidi Nestor, Writer and Editor, Life Alert
Many Americans are under the misconception that when they reach a certain age, such as 62, 65, or 67, the government comes in and takes care of them. This is not true. The government sends social security checks, which consist of money you’ve paid into the system, but that’s only a small percentage of what will be needed to continue to live comfortably.
The government may provide Medicare services but it’s limited with deductibles, and a percentage of prescriptions will still be a cost to you. Then there’s hospice - those wonderful people who come in to feed you, wash you and clean up. But those angels only arrive if you’re truly disabled or at the end of your life cycle. So, who is to help you with your long-term care needs? There’s only one person – YOU!
The cost of getting older is becoming more expensive and medical costs are rising far more than social security check increases. And if you don’t receive help quickly during an emergency what may have been a minor sprain or break can turn into medical complications costing you more money. Moreover, a serious emergency gone untreated can result in you having to move into a retirement community which is far more expensive then remaining in your own home.
The key to a happy, safe, and independent retirement is to plan for it by understanding what your needs and preferences are, anticipating what medical problems may arise, researching the cost of services you might need, as well as, doing the everyday basics of eating well and exercising so you remain healthy.
And part of your retirement plan should include a Life Alert medical alert system. With Life Alert Protection as part of your retirement plan you can continue to live at home safely knowing that if any kind of medical emergency such as a fall, fire, or home invasion occurs, help will be sent fast, 24/7, even if you can’t reach a phone.
The shine on your golden years will depend on how comfortable, safe and independent you can be without draining your retirement fund. Life Alert allows you to remain living affordability and safely in your own home while giving you peace of mind that if a medical emergency happens, you have a great plan.
The information provided above is, to the best of our knowledge, reliable and accurate. However, while Life Alert always strives to provide true, precise and consistent information, we cannot guarantee 100 percent accuracy. Readers are encouraged to research any statements made and use any resource links provided to gather more information before drawing conclusions and making decisions.
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