Do you know what a medical alert system is?

Medical alert systems are for anyone who is at risk of falling or having a serious medical emergency. While this includes individuals of all ages, unfortunately, senior adults are more susceptible to falls, accidents, and health emergencies than other groups. Thus, medical alert systems are effective safety devices for older loved ones. 

With the press of a button, a wearable accessory, such as a pendant, bracelet or necklace, sends a remote signal to an emergency control center, that in turn dispatches emergency medical help. Not all systems, however, are the same. They vary in features, services offered, and price. Which one is best for an older family member will depend on his or her specific needs.

To help better inform you about medical alert systems, here are three important things to consider:

Home-Based or Mobile?

Home-based systems come with a wearable call button that connects to an in-home central unit. When the call button is pressed, an emergency dispatcher answers by speaking through the unit, similar to a speaker phone. These systems are ideal for seniors who live alone.

Mobile systems are designed for seniors who live more active lifestyles. They connect to emergency help remotely from almost any location, just like a smartphone. One downfall, however, is that they rely on batteries and tend to be more expensive than home-based alert systems.

Monitored vs. Unmonitored

Monitored systems connect to a real person when the emergency call button is pressed, whereas unmonitored systems dial through a list of pre-programmed contacts. Monitored systems work best for seniors with limited mobility or who suffer from dementia and other illnesses. These types of devices, however, typically require a contract and a monthly fee.

Unmonitored systems sequentially contact family, friends, neighbors, or whoever is included on the user’s emergency response list, rather than an emergency control center. They are effective safety precautions for seniors who are active and in good health, and usually do not come with a monthly fee. 

Fall Detection Feature

Fall detection features trigger an automatic emergency signal if a built-in sensor detects a fall. This can be lifesaving if a senior is unconscious, however, harmless fall-like motions can create false alarms.

These are just a few things to consider when choosing a medical alert system. Did this article raise more questions than it answered for you? Do not wait to contact our office to discuss your questions.