Medical Alert for Senior Citizens

A Medical Alert for senior citizens is well worth its cost. because provides peace of mind as well as a sense of security. These systems offer emergency response in case of a fall, sudden illness or other emergency. They make it possible for older adults to remain in their own homes or apartments - even when they live alone.

What are these Medical Alert systems and how do they work.Most systems have a pendant that you wear around your neck or a wrist band that can be worn like a watch. Some have units that can attach to a belt. Each unit has a button that you press in an emergency. Instantly you are connected with a Response Center who will ask you what you need.

If you press the button but do not answer when the person asks what you need, the response team will call and ambulance immediately and then notify the contact person (usually a family member or friend) to let them know that you have an emergency.

If you do answer, you will be asked what the problem is. Examples: "I have fallen and can not get up." or "I have a terrible pain on the side of my head". These will bring an ambulance for medical assistance. Again, the person listed as Contact will be called to let them know that there is an emergency.

The alert can also be used in other emergencies - not just health. One owner of a Medical Alert system pressed the button and when staff answered they said: "I do not need an ambulance but please contact my son (or daughter ) right away and ask them to contact me." The emergency response person, who had the numbers on file, made the call and gave the message.

As you can see, one of the most important benefits of a Medical Alert for Senior Citizens is the sense of security it offers the senior AND to his or her children. Most seniors want to remain in their own homes or apartments as long as possible. And yet, there is the concern about what would happen if there were an emergency and the senior could not get to the phone, or getting there could not dial or speak.

This system takes away any worry about summoning help if there were to be a fall or if the senior suddenly became ill. A big advantage over a phone, even a cell phone, is that with this system if the person can not speak, the response center will send medical help immediately - no questions asked. Help will be on the way.

What to look for in a Medical Alert for Senior Citizens.

  • You want a legitimate company that has a track record in the field such as Lifestation Medical Alert

  • You want a system with its own UL Listed Monitoring System. You do not want a system that requires going through some bureaucratic system of agencies or that depends on volunteers.
  • You want something easy to set up, easy to wear, easy to use. Try to order from a company that will allow you to try out the system before committing to a contract.

    NOTE: Most systems require firm pressure on the alert button - so as to discourage accidental calls. You want to be sure that the person who will be using the system can press that button easily. Try it out. If there is a problem, contactthe company. Many companies can make adjustments to their equipment.

  • You want to be sure that those answering all alert calls speak clearly AND that they can understand your relative -especially if he or she speaks with a regional dialect or accent. This is important. Test it.
  • It is advisable to purchase your unit from a company that is so confident of its program and service thatthey will give you a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.
  • And finally, it is a good idea to find a company that does not require long, locked in contracts. Some peopleonly need their equipment for a short time. Example: for the first few weeks back after a hospital or rehabilitationstay. Afterwards, they may no longer need it. Or their living situation may change and help is more readily available. Avoid long term contracts if at all possible

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