Medical Alert Systems - How to Use

At the present moment about 33% of all senior accidents happen due to falls. Elderly people are not as agile and strong as they used to be and the risk of falling is much greater after 65 than it was in earlier ages.

Surely, falls are not only situations when family members can get worried about their seniors. That is why personal emergency response systems have become so popular - there are many other ways of providing care; but not every senior needs a nurse and many are quite able of living alone and independently. Medical alert systems provide peace of mind to caregivers and timely assistance to seniors - which is really a very convenient compromise.

How It Works

The majority of systems work in a similar way - they consist of three major components, which are a transmitter (in the form of a button or a wristband), a base unit, or a console, and a response centre that answers immediately after the signal is received. The person who wears the alert button presses it in case of emergency; the signal is then sent to the base console and transmitted to an emergency response centre. When an operator receives a signal, they contact ambulance as well as family members and all other services that may be needed at once.

One of the major things about medical alert systems is that their choice can be quite misleading and it is necessary to make a small research and dwell on some issues.

How to Choose

  • First of all, it is price as well as all hidden costs should be considered. Many companies offer monthly subscriptions, others have installation fees and charges, some have long-term contracts only. It is always better to check in advance and make sure that there are no hidden fees or features that might appear out of a blue. A contract is also something that should be taken into consideration as well as the options of its termination.
  • A company's experience is also very important - some companies have developed out of old security companies, others are narrowly specialized, some have just appeared on the medical alert scene. It makes sense to deal with an experienced and a well-known company with some reputation.
  • As long as the system's users are seniors, it is always better when the system is easily operated. Besides, it should be able to provide help 24/7. That is why the next issue is certified operators and own operating centre.
  • The same refers to the issues of repairs, working hours, the number of features and the quality of the basic ones - monitoring range and battery life. It is equally essential to have a fall alert option available.

These simple tips will help in the choice as well as operation of a system - different people have different needs with regards to medical alert systems. It is, however, a very good option for aging parents as well as caregivers.