Medical Alert Devices: Options and Upgrades
Medical alert devices provide unparalleled safety and security protection for elderly people living at home independently. Rather than having to move into an assisted living facility, retirement community or nursing home, millions of seniors are choosing to live at home, where they are happy, knowing they are quite safe. Emergency medical alert systems provide 24/7 monitoring services, allowing those with a system in their home to contact emergency services immediately in the event of an emergency. If unable to reach the phone, these devices can provide an essential lifeline for elderly homeowners.
There are many different types of medical alert systems available on the market today, including: necklaces, pendants, bracelets, wrist devices and belt clip devices. It’s important to make sure the device you choose is waterproof so you can wear it when showering, in the bath or in the pool. For many elderly people, accidents are especially common in the bathroom, when getting into or out of the bathtub.
Necklace and pendant medical alert devices are very common; however, bracelets are also gaining a large market share in the U.S. currently. Small enough to be concealed underneath your shirt, it’s likely no one will even notice you are wearing the device. While bracelet and wrist devices are more difficult to conceal, they are designed to be fashionable, but more importantly comfortable. While belt devices are quite convenient, it can be a bit of a nuisance having to move it every time you change clothes.
All medical alert devices have a transmitter that is activated by pushing a small button, which will then contact the base or console. The base is plugged in to your phone line and dials out to emergency services. The console unit is programmed during installation to contact the medical alert monitoring station when a signal is received from the device worn by the owner. With a range of more than 450 feet, there is no risk of the signal not being received. Moreover, each unit is installed with a backup battery in the event of a power outage at your home.
The programming created when your device is setup will include a custom notification list that can contact anyone you specify. You may not want to contact emergency services each time you press your the button on your medical alert devices, but rather notify family members, neighbors or friends instead. This is completely up to you, but just a nice personalized option with medical alert devices.