Your bones get brittle as you grow old and so do your reflexes. You lose your independence and have to depend on others too often. In such circumstances, staying at home alone for several hours at a stretch might prove disastrous, especially if you fall down, cannot get up, and need medical assistance immediately. Fortunately, you can depend on a medical alarm system in such situations. It provides you the ability to get help from trained monitoring professionals when an emergency occurs. These systems consist of three parts:
• The console unit: A battery or mains powered desktop telephone sized unit, connected to the phone line. Since the device depends on wireless signals for activation, the elderly person should get it installed in the same room where he or she stays.
• The panic button: Also known as the `help’ or `emergency’ button consists of a depressible button attached on a bracelet wristband or on a necklace button. You can also attach this button on to your belt with the help of a clip supplied as a part of the kit. Depressing this button sends out a wireless signal to the base console, which initiates a distress call to the monitoring center.
• The monitoring center: This is a round the clock monitoring center staffed with professionals trained to help the user.
These systems work on a subscription basis, which includes the costs of renting the panic button, the base unit, and access to the monitoring center. Generally, the vendors allow two individuals to avail the facilities of the help center. However, certain companies charge an extra amount for the second panic button. It is better to choose a model that runs on batteries. This ensures that the base unit remains activated even if a power outage takes place.
What to Look for Before Purchasing a Medical Alarm System
Hundreds of companies manufacture the medical alert system. You need to select a proper one since your life depends on it. These tips will allow you to take a wise decision.
• Check the competency of the company and the number of years it has been in this field.
• Check for user’s reviews on their website as well as their Better Business Bureau ratings.
• Confirm if the company is a regular or associate member of associations like the Medical Alert Monitoring Association.
• Check for the technical knowledge of their support staff and the speed at which they respond to your distress calls.
• Opt for a company that has its own call center and does not depend on a different agency.
• Certain companies charge more for the same service. This does not imply that they are better than those who charge less.
• Check the contract term carefully before closing the deal.
• Go for an annual contract only if the situation demands it.
• Avoid companies that demand multi year contracts.
• Check whether the price of the medical alarm system is inclusive of installation costs.
A senior citizen using a pacemaker should never use the necklace model and seek guidance from their physician for other models. The radio frequency emitted by the panic button can interfere with that of the pacemaker, causing the latter to malfunction.