What should I do if I need to call the paramedics and my door is locked but I ca

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (8 posts)
  1. kathyjones1952@at profile image61
    kathyjones1952@atposted 7 years ago

    What should I do if I need to call the paramedics and my door is locked but I can't get to the door?

    I live alone and I have often given this a lot of thought.  I'm not sick or anything right now but I think it's a good idea to plan ahead.  I'm 61 years old and I'm just concerned that if I were to fall, have a heart attack, etc. what should I do once the paramedics get here and I can't get to the door?  For safety reasons, I always keep my door locked.

  2. jlpark profile image83
    jlparkposted 7 years ago

    FIrst suggestion - would be to contact your local EMT service, and see what they recommend...as they would know what they can and can't do to get to you.

    I'm not a paramedic, nor am I in the US - from what I know from discussions with our paramedics is that they CAN break in if required - usually just enough to unlock a door, so a small window in a door, or next to a door, or jimmy open a window and unlock once they are in.

    I can't remember if they have to seek permission from a supervisor (via radio) if no one is answering, or if they get permission from the person (if they are able to call out).

    Perhaps a key with a neighbour may help?

    1. kathyjones1952@at profile image61
      kathyjones1952@atposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm afraid I don't have any windows in any of my doors but this is a good suggestion.  I do have a peep hole in my back door.  I also have a large windown next to my front door but I don't think that will work.  Maybe I will call my local EMT service

  3. kj force profile image66
    kj forceposted 7 years ago

    Kathy..first off..why and how were the paramedics alerted ? did you call ? do you have a Medic Alert Band ? with MAB the info would already be known, and if it was a 911 call..the dispatcher would get as much info as possible from the caller...if you are unable to speak, she would alert the paramedics...they would knock on the door, if no response they would call out...and then break a window or the door.. to get in...because if you are unconscious you couldn't respond...if you have a cell phone it might be a good idea to have a friend/neighbor/family member's phone number programmed so when you hit one number their phone would be alerted..this way it would notify them also..of course discuss this with them first so they are aware of what you opt to do..always keep your door locked..
    If you decide to do medic-alert ..you could have the option of hid a key and they would know this ahead of time, thus eliminating a needless repair of breakage..
    very interesting question..thanks for addressing it...look forward to other responses..

    1. kathyjones1952@at profile image61
      kathyjones1952@atposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I haven't had to call the paramedics in a while.  I was just wondering what I should do in case anything like this should happen in the future.  I always keep my door locked!!!!  I keep my cell phone with me at all times.  No, I dont' have MAB.

    2. kj force profile image66
      kj forceposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you kathyjones1952....glad you thought my response was a winner...I have relatives that have been in this situation....have a great week-end

    3. kathyjones1952@at profile image61
      kathyjones1952@atposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You too, kj force smile!

  4. innerspin profile image90
    innerspinposted 7 years ago

    Here in the UK there is a warden call service for older people, available for a small fee. They provide a key safe for outside the house, lockable with a combination number, which they keep a copy of. If you need urgent medical help, you can press an alert button, (which can be worn round the neck or wrist,) which notifies the wardens. The wardens then call an ambulance and tell the paramedics the safe combination number. They will also alert a friend or relative for you. My father-in-law uses the service now he's on his own, and finds it reassuring.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)