According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , “Unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of deaths among adults aged greater than or equal to 65 years in the United States.”
Getting dependent on someone is never the first choice of elderly people. Like us, they prefer to live freely and self-sufficiently on their own in their own homes. However, the natural process of aging makes them mandate them to move into an assisted living setting for health and safety reasons.
Now, as the technology leave its imprint on human timeline every day we expect our lives to get easier and more convenient. To ease the lives of elderly, a home medical alert system has been devised that adds the lost element of safety to their lives.
This innovative system supports individuals to live alone in their own home setting safely. The medical alarm system coupled with an effective monitoring system enables seniors to retain their mobility and increase their confidence when moving around the house, at the grocery store, or out for a long walk at the park.
Seniors often limit their mobility because of fear of falling and getting severely injured but limiting mobility is not the solution rather one should look for a medical alert system.
Here are the tips that will help you pick a medical alert system that fits your needs.
What to consider before buying?
- Determine the amount that you are willing to pay
- It is a wearable so ask yourself where you’ll wear it
- What is the upfront cost and what amount is attributed to continual monitoring fee
- Investigate the reputation of the service provider
- Determine additional features and benefits of each option
A typical home medical alert system constitutes two main pieces of equipment:
- A transmitter, which is to be worn and equipped with a button that can be pressed easily in case of a medical emergency.
- A base unit, which is further connected to an existing telephone line or uses a cellular transmitter to communicate with emergency responders. Those base units that use your landline phone can’t be easily moved, while GPS-enabled medical alert systems that use cellular transmitters are highly portable and can be brought wherever you want without interruption of service. This makes a lot of sense for the seniors on the go.
Extremely lightweight, the portable device can be worn around the neck as a pendant or around the wrist as a wristband. They are water resistant and can survive even shower. In case of a medical emergency, the user just needs to press the button of the transmitter which will transmit a radio signal to the base unit that will automatically dial for sending out the emergency message.
There is an option is to buy a standalone medical alert system or buy a package of a home alarm system with the embedded medical alert system. These packaged home alarm systems come in a range from $50 to over $500. Generally, these systems can be used within the home, or up to several hundred feet from the home. While standalone medical alert systems aren’t dependent on your alarm system. In case you decide to move from your residence or for some reasons choose to discontinue your existing alarm coverage, still, your medical alert coverage will be functional.
The other expense will involve the monthly cost of monitoring services which may cost anywhere between $25 – $50 per month, including the basic alarm services.
How can a medical alert system help you?
- It enables you to get instant and effective access to medical help in case of a trip and fall
- It provides round the clock health monitoring
- 24/7 telehealth services and friendly tech-teams provided by the vendor
So, instead of picking a medical setting for those you love choose their preferable place and let them live with confidence and feel safe without limiting their mobility. For more info, contact us here.