Medical Alert Systems – How to Choose the Right OnePosted on December 30, 2013 by ElderCare Resources in Blog
People now have a much longer life expectancy than they did a few decades ago, and in most developed countries the average person commonly lives beyond 70 years of age. Whilst this is clearly a good situation, it does require people to be cared for in their later years; something that those who have been used to living an independent life can have trouble adapting to.
Few people want to be under the constant care of others unless absolutely necessary. There is a solution to this problem though. By using a medical alert system, elderly people can live as they wish, but can still be supported in the event of an emergency arising. It gives peace of mind both to the user and their family.
So, what exactly is a medical alert system? Well, it gives the user a direct line of communication to a care specialist at all times – they simply need to press a button and then they can speak with someone trained to deal with a wide range of situations and emergencies.
The difference between this service, and simply calling 911, is that a lot more flexibility is provided. By dialing 911, an ambulance will pretty much always need to be called out, but a medical alert system can be used for minor emergencies as well as serious ones. The user, as well as requesting an ambulance, can, for example, just call for advice, or ask that a doctor pay a visit the next day.
Many companies are offering medical alert systems, but what specifically they are offering is not the same, with some being much better for the purpose than others. Therefore, before making a decision on which one to opt for, answers to the following questions should be sought…
– Is it simple and easy to operate?
– Is the medical alert button, or pendant, easy to carry about?
– Does it have inbuilt two way communication?
– What is the range of coverage?
– Is the service available throughout the day and night, for 365 days a year?
– What level of medical certification do the Emergency Response Technicians have?
– Can relatives and neighbors be contacted through the service?
– In the event of a power failure or disaster, will the service still operate?
– Are the call center operatives native English speakers?
Any reputable provider of medical alert systems should give open and full answers to these questions. Also, be wary of trying to save a few dollars a month by choosing a service that does not meet the full requirements of the user.
Another cost related point to be aware of is that different providers set-up their packages differently, so be sure to get, and read through thoroughly, a copy of the contract before making any commitments. You should not have to pay a set-up or activation fee, and there should be no long term contract. Monthly subscription contracts are advisable, whereby the user can return the equipment at anytime without incurring any penalty costs.
By: Mark Thomas Walters