FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICAL ALERT DEVICES
Most seniors who are still active and able to get around do not want to spend their days in a care facility or nursing home. One way for seniors to still live a fulfilling life is by using a medical alert system as a safeguard. These systems ensure seniors receive medical assistance, if needed, while remaining independent. There are several questions you should ask before purchasing a medical alert device including what a medical alert device is and what types are available. It is important to understand these concerns so that the right product can be purchased.
WHAT IS A MEDICAL ALERT DEVICE?
A medical alert device is a small pendant that you wear around your neck or a bracelet that you wear on your wrist. The pendant or bracelet is set up to automatically connect to a call center that sends immediate assistance in case of an emergency. In some cases, you can set up your pendant or bracelet to also contact friends or family members in the event of an emergency.
WHAT TYPES OF MEDICAL ALERT DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
The most common types of medical alert devices available are either pendants or bracelets. There are also wall units that can be used in the event that an emergency occurs and you are not wearing your other devices. There are multiple types of systems available depending on your budget, including systems that require a landline to operate. High tech wireless systems are also available that do not use a landline.
ARE MEDICAL ALERT DEVICES EASY TO USE?
Medical alert devices are very easy to use and comfortable to wear, if you are using the bracelet or pendant. These devices offer an easy to push button that calls for help immediately when you need it. Some systems are equipped with a fall sensor. If you fall down and cannot push the button, the system can automatically contact assistance for you. Pendants come on a breakaway cord and all systems are waterproof so you never need to remove them. With their comfortable, ergonomic design, you will never even know you are wearing your medical alert bracelet or pendant.
ARE MEDICAL ALERT DEVICES EXPENSIVE?
Medical alert devices are very reasonable, especially when you consider the peace of mind you are getting while you wear one. These systems allow seniors to maintain autonomy and independence while knowing they are taken care of if something happens. There are many types and price ranges, from basic models that have a low monthly fee to more elaborate wireless models. There are even medical alert systems that connect to home security alarms. Some models also offer two-way communication between you and an operator in case of an emergency.
Evaluate your budget as well as your personal situation to decide which medical alert system would be the best choice for you and your family.
CAN YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME WHILE WEARING THE MEDICAL ALERT BRACELET OR PENDANT?
You can leave your home with certain medical alert devices. Most models that connect to a landline require you to stay within 400 to 600 feet of the base. However, new wireless technology is making life with a medical alert device much easier. With a wireless system, you are free to be as far from your home as you desire while still using your medical alert device. Using GPS, emergency personnel will find you and come to your aid if you press the emergency button and require assistance.
Medical alert devices give seniors independence, give family members and friends peace of mind, and can be lifesaving in the event 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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