Oswego Health, Menter Ambulance team to make senior citizens safer

In this photo, assisting seniors at Fulton’s Towpath Towers complete the medication forms are from left, Tracie DeSantis and Niki Samuels, both of Menter Ambulances. The mediation forms were developed by the local ambulance company and Oswego Health.
In this photo, assisting seniors at Fulton’s Towpath Towers complete the medication forms are from left, Tracie DeSantis and Niki Samuels, both of Menter Ambulance. The mediation forms were developed by the local ambulance company and Oswego Health.

Oswego Health and Menter Ambulance Service, along with Lifeline and the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition, recently teamed up to offer a safety program for Fulton seniors.

The program was held at senior living facilities, as well as during the senior lunch program at the Fulton Municipal Building.

At the presentation, 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 Ambulance Service developed medication forms on which seniors can list their prescribed medications. The medication form can then be placed in a folder.

The folder is placed on the senior’s refrigerator with a magnet. 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. According to state statistics, two older individuals die every day in New York due to complications related to a fall. 

To learn more how they themselves could prevent a fall, the participants played a version of the game, “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?”

The Fulton 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 can be used to summon medical help.

Specially-training people are ready to take calls from Lifeline subscribers 24 hours a day. The staff has at their fingertips all necessary medical information on each of Lifeline’s subscribers. 

More than 500 individuals, mostly senior citizens, are enrolled in Lifeline.

Lifeline also has a new medication dispenser that can loaded with medications that are then dispensed at scheduled times. The dispenser holds 40 days of medications and can dispense up to six times a day. 

To learn more about Lifeline, community members can call 343-1887.

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