As people age, they may require a little bit more help with their day-to-day activities as well as some assistance in the event of medical emergencies, slip-and-fall accidents or unsafe situations in and around their homes. That’s where medical alert systems come in.
A medical alert system is a monitoring device that is connected to a phone so that someone can be alerted in the event that there is a serious medical or health situation that needs to be addressed. So, for instance, an elderly person could have a medical alert device and, if need be, press on the button on the small device for assistance. The device is so small that it can be worn around the wrist like a bracelet.
For more information on how this important technology works — and how it can come in handy for elderly people living on their own — read on.
How It Works
A medical alert system works courtesy of a monitor connected to a phone, and it also includes a bracelet or pendant that has a button that the user can press whenever help is required. When the button is pressed, someone at a special call centre will be notified of the help request and will seek to establish contact with the assistance seeker to determine the extent of the problem. However, if the call centre person is unable to reach the distressed person, he or she will notify the authorities so that help can be dispatched right away. The medical alert bracelets are constructed in a way so as to make them waterproof, which means that they can be worn seven days a week and 24 hours a day.
There are various providers of medical alert systems, so it pays for buyers to do their homework to get the right solution. For starters, it’s important that buyers find a medical alert system that is suitable for people with their health issues. So if they have mobility issues where they can’t use one of their hands, their medical alert system should be useable with one rather than two hands. And if they live, say, in a rural area that is prone to power outages, then they might want to get a medical alert system that has a backup feature. If people looking for a system have health issues that may render them nonverbal, they should consider medical alert systems that are programmed, firstly, to detect slip-and-fall events and, secondly, to automatically notify the central command centre if the user can’t press the button.
As can be seen, medical alert systems can be used in a number of situations, but it’s important for people to get a system that meets their specific health or medical needs so that they have some protection in the event that they face an emergency.