Who should wear a medical alert system?
We’ve all seen the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial, but despite the stereotype, medical alerts aren’t just for the elderly or the infirm. These systems can be lifesavers for anyone with heightened medical needs—especially those who live alone and may not be able to call for help on their own in case of an emergency. This can be in case of a fall, a cardiac incident, a seizure, or any potentially fatal or debilitating condition. In addition, most medical alerts have a mobile setting, so you can be covered outside the house as well.
What should I look for in a medical alert system?
When ordering a medical alert system, some basic features should be universal. The user should be able to press a button to summon help, and this should be accessible by a device based in the house as well as one that is wearable by the user at all times. A mobile device is key, so that you can stay covered outside the house and maintain your independence.You should make sure the company has a 24/7 call center that can dispatch emergency help and notify loved ones if need be. Some companies offer a fall detection device, which can register that you have fallen and summon help, in the event you have suffered a medical incident that has incapacitated you and you are unable to press the button for help.
What kind of emergency help will I get?
Your medical alert company should be set up to dispatch help 24/7 in the event of an emergency. In addition to sending help, the company should also be able to contact people on a list you provide, such as loved ones or a caretaker. The company should keep a full record of your medical ailments on record, so that in the event you need emergency help, the company knows exactly what to provide and which types of treatment to avoid, if need be. Some companies can also monitor the level of smoke and carbon monoxide in your house and notify you if there is anything out of the ordinary. For people living alone, some companies can contact police in the event that a break-in is detected.