MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEMS – WHAT, WHEN, AND WHY?
Emergencies can happen at any time. Common emergencies include falling down the stairs, having sudden and debilitating chest pains, and not being able to get out of a bathtub. People need to prepare for emergencies whenever possible. One way for people to prepare for emergencies is to use a medical alert system. It is important to understand what medical alert systems are, when they are beneficial, and why they are essential to safety and peace of mind.
WHAT ARE MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEMS?
A medical alert system is something that a person wears at all times in the form of a bracelet or pendant. When an emergency happens, the person wearing the pendant can press a button and notify a central monitoring service. The monitoring service will notify emergency services that help is needed. Emergency personnel will respond only a few seconds after pressing the button on the medical alert system. Such a device can be truly life saving for someone experiencing a serious medical event or accident.
In the past, the choices with medical alert systems were limited. The pendant had to be within a limited range of a central console in order to work. The console was attached by a landline to a central monitoring service and a person had to wear a pendant which allowed them to send a call for help. When the person pressed the button, the notification was sent to the console which notified the monitoring service.
Basic landline service is still available for a medical alert system because it is affordable, reliable, and proven to work. However, there are other options available for medical alert systems today. In residences where landlines are no longer used, wireless systems are the obvious choice. When the central console gets the signal from the medical alert pendant, it uses a wireless carrier, just as a cell phone would, to notify the central monitoring center.
Sometimes, when a person falls, he or she may be unconscious or otherwise unable to move, which makes pressing the alert button a problem. Using the older alert system would mean the person is stranded with no help available, but today an automatic alert option is available. The pendant has the ability to detect a fall and automatically notify the console and central monitoring service of a problem.
The most advanced medical alert system option today is a Go Anywhere pendant. These pendants are stand-alone systems that can go anywhere the person goes. Portable systems offer two-way communication with the central monitoring service and automatic notification in case of a fall. There is no landline or central console required to use this medical alert system.
WHEN IS A MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM BENEFICIAL?
Seniors are the most common users of a medical alert system. Many older Americans want to stay in their homes as long as possible and medical alert systems make this possible. These systems offer a first line of help should falls or unexpected illnesses occur, and provide peace of mind to both seniors and their caregivers.
However, seniors are not the only ones that can benefit from a medical alert system. Some people have medical conditions that can trigger falls, such as epilepsy or nervous system disorders. Individuals in wheelchairs or who use canes or walkers can also benefit from the additional protection of a medical alert system.
Anyone who has had a stroke in the past would also benefit from having a medical alert system. According to the CDC, twenty-five percent of people who have had a stroke will have another one and are more likely to experience falls. People with a history of heart conditions should consider getting a medical alert system as well. Heart attacks can happen at any time and being able to call for help could be lifesaving.
WHY GET A MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM?
The reasons why a person should get a medical alert system depend upon the individual. These systems may be used to ensure an elderly person can stay as independent as possible or to protect a person who has mobility issues. Medical alert systems can also be there to help someone with a history of serious medical conditions.
If you are interested in learning more about how a medical system could help you, contact us here at Alcom/Lifeline.
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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