9 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK BEFORE BUYING A MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM
Medical alert systems are lifesaving devices that help seniors live independent lives. With home medical alert systems, help is only a button away, and seniors never have to worry about being alone when an emergency occurs. When you begin looking for a medical alert system, you may find that you are confused with all of the options. However, you can narrow down your options by considering nine important factors. Top questions include whether you need a home phone, how the system works, and how far away you can get from the base of the alert system. Other factors you should consider include if there are other services that come with the system, cost of the alert system, and automatic fall detection. Be sure to ask what happens if the device stops working, how long you have to wait for help, and if it is waterproof or uncomfortable.
DO I NEED A HOME PHONE?
Whether you need a home phone depends on the medical alert system you choose. For most options, a landline is required. Wireless medical alert systems do not need a home phone. However, most services do require you to have a simple landline to connect to your medical alert device.
As technology continues to change, so do medical alert systems. Wireless medical alert systems make it easy for you to live freely, without being tethered to a base station. Wireless medical alert systems do not require a landline and the battery is rechargeable. Mobile GPS makes it easy for emergency personnel to find you in case of an emergency.
HOW DOES THE DEVICE WORK?
When you need immediate assistance, all you have to do is push the button on your bracelet or your pendant, and help will come immediately. Some devices have two-way communication with operators. There are also medical alert devices that contact relatives in addition to calling for assistance.
HOW FAR AWAY CAN I GET FROM THE BASE?
In most cases, you have 600 feet of space to work with, but you need to inquire about your particular medical alert system. Wireless devices, on the other hand, allow you to go anywhere with no restrictions.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES COME WITH MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEMS?
Some medical alert systems come with a home security system or other services. Check to see what else might be available when you begin looking at medical alert devices.
WHAT IS AUTOMATIC FALL DETECTION?
Some medical alert systems come with automatic fall detection. As soon as the device registers a fall, help is called immediately. This feature could be useful for seniors who need assistance walking and may be prone to falls and slips.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM?
There is generally a monthly fee associated with your medical alert system, which varies depending on the type of device you purchase. The cost can also vary depending on the services that come with this product. Most systems start around $30 per month and can reach roughly $55 a month with wireless options.
WHAT IF MY DEVICE STOPS WORKING?
Read the documentation that came with your medical alert system to find out what to do in the event that it stops working. Each company and device varies, so you may need to contact Customer Service to inquire about any repairs that need to be made.
HOW LONG WILL I WAIT FOR HELP?
Operators are standing by around the clock. If you need medical assistance, it should be dispatched to your residence within minutes.
IS MY DEVICE WATERPROOF AND IS IT UNCOMFORTABLE?
Medical alert devices, such as bracelets and pendants, are waterproof, which makes it easy to wear them at all times. These bracelets and pendants are lightweight and easy to wear. With thin, breakaway cords, devices will not get in the way in case of an emergency.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Knowing how to prepare for emergencies is important for anyone, especially those who use or are considering using a medical alert device. Would you like more information about medical alert devices? Call the experts at Alcom/Lifeline at (806) 352-2233 or Contact Us by email with your questions and concerns. Sign Up / Get a Quote Now - You can also visit one of our Texas locations in Amarillo, Abilene, or Lubbock.
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