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Emergency Assistance as a Senior

Falls and other injuries are very real risks for seniors, and the anxiety about when or if help will arrive in an emergency can be a major source of stress. Most senior communities offer alert systems in each apartment, meaning immediate help is available 24/7. Even if all the person at the front desk does is call an ambulance, the injured party can count on help arriving soon.

People sometimes ask, “Why do fire trucks respond first?” Firefighters are often required to obtain EMT certifications, and when they arrive first, they can provide initial treatment before an ambulance arrives. When injures require immediate attention, EMT-trained firefighters can begin care. Having a larger team can be beneficial in other ways; for example, the ambulance crew is not trained to knock doors down, but firefighters are.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.