How to choose a medical alert system
Which medical alert system is right for you depends on many factors. These include your needs and abilities. Some systems are for 24 hour care and some are for occasional help only. Understand what kind of help is needed. If you can drive yourself, or if there is someone there, you may need different systems.
Here are some important questions to ask when looking for the best life alert system.
What type of health problem do you or a loved one have?
Are they suffering from diabetes, heart disease, COPD, dementia, etc. ? Knowing your conditions or those of a loved one will help you determine the type of system you will need. A fall alert system detects falls, while a wheelchair or bed alarm is perfect for a stationary person.
Where do you live?
Are you in an apartment complex, condominium, square footage house, etc.? Knowing where you are will help you find the best system for you. A home system will support more weight, while a mobile system is smaller and easily transportable.
How much money do you want to spend on the system?
There are different price ranges for the systems available. You can get a simple system for a few hundred dollars, or a more complex system that costs more. The latter can monitor vital signs and vital signs in addition to detection capabilities.
What kind of assistance does the user need?
This is especially important if you are purchasing an alert necklace or watch. A mobile pendant that looks like a small cell phone helps someone who cannot move around easily. On the other hand, a mobile system is perfect for those who need extensive surveillance capabilities.
Which features are the most essential?
Different systems offer different capabilities and features. Therefore, it makes sense to check them all before making your decision. Some basic alerts include fall detection, activity tracking, and the resulting measurement of health and wellness statistics. Others even have GPS tracking in the case of a full-fledged medical alert system.
Where do you want to place the device?
Some people use medical alert devices in their homes. Others opt for systems that allow them to carry the device with them or wear it on the wrist. It can be something like a wristwatch to wear while going about their daily activities.
Look for a unit that is suitable for the room in which you plan to place the device. For example, a small one is suitable for a bathroom.
Who else will use the system?
Consider who else will be using the system where you live. If this is your child, make sure he or she sees the phone in time to answer it before calling for help.
Determine if you want a system with multiple handsets. This is especially the case if more than one person may need to call for help. It is also an advantage if you can use one handset while charging another elsewhere.
What type of monitoring is required?
Different types of medical alert systems offer a somewhat different approach to the user interface. In this case, it is important to understand how you will interact with emergency operators and what kind of assistance they can provide. Make sure the company offers 24/7 surveillance services in your area.
Do you need immediate help?
If so, does your system offer automatic fall detection? If so, what is its accuracy? Some systems are very sensitive to drops and can detect when someone has taken a spill. On the other hand, some people might be at greater risk for an accidental fall than others. However, they might still need help if they are in distress.
How much storage do you have on your landline?
Do you have enough to last several minutes? Otherwise, consider a unit with an alternate notification method. This could be a device that can send a wireless signal or use a cellular network to contact help.
Medical alert systems are very useful in caring for the sick and those who need support in an emergency. However, they come in different types. For this reason, you should study the options available to choose the one that is best for you.
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