A good medical alert system is a cost-effective, simple tool that can help your elderly loved ones stay safe at home and retain as much of their independence as possible as they age. But, with all the different choices for medical alert devices available today, knowing that you’ve made the right choice can be a tricky and confusing process. We’ve put together some top tips that may be able to help you make the right decision.
#1. How They Work:
Medical alert systems have been around for about four decades and are popular with elderly people who live alone. You can lease the systems at a cost of around $1 per day, and they provide elderly loved ones with a wearable help button that they can quickly access to alert somebody to their situation if they fall ill, are injured, or need emergency assistance. At the press of a button, your loved one will be able to talk to a trained operator through the system’s base station receiver. They will find out what is wrong and notify family, friends and caregivers to the situation along with calling emergency services if necessary.
#2. Extra Buttons:
There are several medical alert device options on the market today, with many different features and functions to choose from. Most options will have a waterproof wristband or neck pendant buttons, but you can also get some systems that provide wall-mounted buttons too; these can be placed close to the floor in high fall risk areas such as the stairs, kitchen or bathroom in case your loved one is not wearing their wristband or pendant.
#3. Landline or Cellular?
Another factor to consider when choosing a medical alert device is whether it needs to be connected to a landline or not. If your loved one has decided to disconnect and is using a cell phone online or a VOIP system instead, you may find that you are more limited when it comes to the range of alert systems that you can choose from. However, there are some good options for cellular alert units available, or you might want to consider reconnecting a landline phone for this purpose. Whichever you choose, the base station should have a range of at least 400ft so it can be activated from anywhere on the property.
Before you buy a medical alert system it’s a wise idea to ensure that it is fitted with a good battery backup system, in case of power failure. Your loved one is likely going to need the system more than ever if they are caught in an emergency situation with no power. As a general rule, medical alert systems should come with at least eight hours’ worth of backup battery functionality.
Last but not least, it’s good to check out a device before you decide to buy it, and make sure that it’s well-received and has a good reputation amongst the care and elderly community. A quick search online will bring up issues such as the Greatcall Lively recall, helping you find out about past problems and more with your chosen device.
If you found these tips helpful, we’d love to hear from you.