“It\’s clear to us that Mom (Dad) needs one of these units. But I\’ll have to speak to them about it first.” The key to senior safety is convincing our parents or loved ones accept the help we can offer. Sadly, we are sometimes at a loss for what to say to convince our loved ones to accept the help they really need. We simply can\’t say what we heard when we were kids “Just do what you\’re told!” It didn\’t seem right then, it\’s certainly not right now. It isn\’t easy for a person who has been independent all their life to come to terms with limitations. It isn\’t easy to convince a person who has provided for others all their life that they now need care. They want, and deserve, the dignity of self-reliance. Often, fear is a factor; fear of encroaching confinement in a nursing home or a hospital. It\’s all about maintaining control over your decisions and your independence. Studies show that older adults fear the loss of independence more than dying! When making a decision to use MultiAlert, it is their decision. They own it. Otherwise, an accident or other medical emergency can change all of that and take control away from them. Being proactive and deciding now, is staying in control. When approaching a loved one with the idea of MultiAlert, tact is extremely important. Put yourself in their place. Stress the freedom that comes from having the system. Tell them that the federal government reports that more than 25% of people over 65 and in nursing homes needn\’t be there if they had received to proper care in a quick amount of time. Let them know that this is the way of keeping them in your lives that gives them security, and you peace of mind. Let them know that MultiAlert is like insurance – they may not use it today, but if they ever should need it, they\’ll be glad that they have it. Let them know you love them and want them around as long as possible.