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What is a medical alert system?
One of the best ways that seniors can stay independent and overcome fear of fall injuries is to invest in a medical alert system. A medical alert system, often called a personal emergency response system (PERS) or fall button, is a combination of state-of-the-art communication and computer technology. There are two types of systems available: in-home systems and mobile systems.
These easy-to-use communication tools allow seniors to remain living safely in their homes as long as possible. After all, the risk of falling should not discourage you from your favorite physical and social activities.
How do medical alert systems work?
An in-home medical alert system has two components, a console and a pendant with a button. Your home is monitored electronically by a base unit that is plugged into a standard wall outlet and telephone jack. The help button (pendant) is worn around your neck, on your wrist, or on your belt. For the mobile option, you only need the help button, and no base station is needed. If an emergency occurs, you simply push the personal help button on the pendant which then alerts the U.S.-based call center. A live agent at the call center will then call emergency medical personnel or your emergency contact numbers. Call centers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and callers will always be connected directly to a live agent.
Medical alert system users
A medical alert system is an excellent investment for seniors who live alone and especially for those who want added protection in the event of an emergency, and may be a wise choice for anyone who:
Wants to remain independent and continue doing activities they love with an added level of security.
Has a fear of falling at home or on the go.
Has poor hearing or eyesight.
Has declined cognitive function like those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Is recovering from surgery or other medical procedures.
Lives with a difficult-to-manage disease like epilepsy and diabetes.
Takes medication that may make them faint, dizzy, or sleepy.
Lives alone and wants an added sense of security.