Medical Alert Systems
The universal tag line for medical alert systems is “help me, I’ve fallen”. It comes from the uncountable television ads with an older person lying on the floor and saying them into a device.
It appears these resources for seniors no longer need you to speak at all. They come equipped with a sensor that sends a signal to a notification device when it senses you have fallen.
And we all know falls can be detrimental to your health and wellness.
The notification device, depending on your plan, and there are a myriad number of plans being offered, will notify a list of pre-entered names and phone numbers or a central monitoring dispatch center.
The names can be of friends and/or relatives. The device alerts your local emergency service system if the people on your list don’t respond.
As you might imagine the key difference between the two systems is price.
Monitored systems carry a monthly charge. And you’ll be charged for the device. Plus there may be activation fees and a minimum commitment via a contract.
Different Systems Mean Different Features
Each company’s medical alert system(s) has different fee structures. And different charges and services. All notify someone or an emergency responder. But the costs will vary. And so will the types of services.
This shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone considering a medical alert system. After all, as we age we sometimes lose our balance more often, slip in the shower or bathtub or trip over what we thought was a flat rug with no tripping wrinkles.
You might be thinking, well I live with my spouse so I don’t need one. That isn’t always true. Your spouse may have just exited the home to run an errand. Or do the weekly grocery shopping, or to visit a friend when you fall.
A system that connects to their mobile phone may be your life saver. When he or she sees the message that you have fallen and can’t get up, they can immediately abort the trip and come back home. The simple act of pushing a button in that instance could mean the difference between a lengthy hospital stay or a helping hand to get back up on your feet.
Some Final Thoughts on Medical Alert Systems
There are really only three questions to ask yourself when making an alert system decision. First, do you want a home based or mobile system? Second, should you have a monitored or non-monitored system? And, third, should it have a fall detection feature?
Remember, medical alert systems come in various packaging. Only you know what is right for you.
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