Don’t live in the boonies

Pali Momi Medical Center

If you are old and retired, there is a big reason why you should not live in the boonies, far from the city. While it is pleasant to experience Mother Nature, you should realize that it is neither safe nor convenient.

What will happen to you if you have a heart attack or stroke? How soon will the ambulance arrive, and how long will it take to get to the hospital? Minutes matter. The sooner you receive treatment, the better off you’ll be. Time is of the essence.

You should not only consider the distance to the hospital, but also the amount of traffic on the road as well as the number of lanes on the road. If there is only one lane in one direction, and there is always a lot of traffic, then it will take longer to get to the hospital. In some instances, the patient might have to be airlifted, which would be extremely expensive.

Location is important. Do try to live near the hospital.

Minutes matter when you are having a heart attack or stroke.

15 Responses to “Don’t live in the boonies”

  1. DavidH Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. We are so fortunate that the nearest hospital is only minutes away. If you have a heart attack time is of the essence.

  2. Valerie-Jael Says:

    I live on the outskirts of the town, in a rural area, but we have 2 hospitals here and many doctors and specialists, so feel well prepared. Have a great day, Valerie

  3. AC Says:

    It is most definitely a consideration.

  4. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …medical attention is so important at any age, but particularly when you get older.

  5. Nancy Chan Says:

    So true, minutes matter when there is an emergency.

  6. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Good point but also to consider is what kind of hospital are you close to. We have a small town and this hospital is just a stopping off place for the bigger hospitals miles away.

  7. Olga Says:

    I moved from the boonies into the “civilized” world so I wouldn’t have to make a 20 mile round trip just to get bagels on a Sunday morning. As a side benefit, I am now very close (4 miles) to the hospital — but only two mile from the nearest bagel shop!

  8. Christine Says:

    You are so right Gigi! Not to mention being close to Doctors and Specialists for appointments.

  9. dkzody Says:

    We have recently had two separate friends move to the same area of our valley, and it’s way out from a serious hospital. They both said that they could get taken to the larger town’s medical center if needed, but it’s tiny too in comparison to a large city’s abundance of medical facilities. Yes, when you get older, and health problems occur, it’s better to be close to help. Also, moving out of state could present a problem if you have insurance through your employer (if you worked for a state agency) and that insurance would not be as good as if you stayed in the state for whom you worked all those years. Lots to consider when you get older.

  10. Douglas Morris Says:

    I grew up in the boonies, but knew someday I was going to live in the city–the older I get, the more glad I’m here now.

  11. Wisewebwoman Says:

    I moved from my beautiful rural home for just such reasons, Gigi. too far from clinics and hospitals. Now two hospitals and my doctor are just around the corner.


  12. Elephant's Child Says:

    You have to do what is right for you, and that is certainly a consideration.

  13. Julie Says:

    We live in the boonies; it is 1 hour to a small hospital and 2 hours to a major hospital. But we are in our mid 60s and healthy, so we aren’t too worried right now. Maybe we’ll decide to move when we get older. By the way, we have Lifeflight insurance that covers any costs of emergency helicopter transport that our regular insurance won’t pay. The insurance costs only $65/year for the entire household.

  14. DJan Stewart Says:

    I live five minutes from our hospital, and it is reassuring in case we need it quickly.

  15. Iris Empereur Says:

    Or if you have a chronically ill husband…

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