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How Well Do Medical Alert Systems Work for Seniors?


  Winnie Thomas

How Well Do Medical Alert Systems Work for Seniors?

When people start aging and getting older, they become more prone to accidents (such as falling down) that result in serious, sometimes fatal, injury. To ensure that seniors have protection from these accidents wherever they go, their family and them may look into purchasing a medical alert system.

What is a Medical Alert System?

A medical alert system is an emergency response system put in place to make sure that if a senior has an accident, they’ll have quick and easy access to a trained emergency responder or a family member for help. These systems have been proven to be extremely functional for all types of lifestyles, as well.

Depending on the company that a client is buying from, you can order an in-home system linked to a landline/cellphone, or an on-the-go system that is linked to a cellphone that can track wherever a client is outside of the household. So whether a senior stays at home or travels away from their home more often, a medical alert system will surely be found and matched up with that particular person.

Image: MobileHelp Medical Alert System "Duo"

Why Can’t I Just Use My Cellphone or Another Device?

A cellphone could be used as an emergency system for seniors like everyone else, but it isn’t necessarily recommended. For example, people don’t always carry their phones on them. If someone gets up and leaves their phone where they were sitting and accidentally falls in a place where they can’t get back to their phone, that person would, unfortunately, be helpless in that situation.

Another obvious problem with cellphones is the fact that people don’t bring their phones into their bath or shower. Phones aren’t completely waterproof, and falling in the bath or shower is much more likely to occur since people are standing on a slippery, wet surface.

On the other hand, a medical alert system solves those issues. Those systems come with either an emergency button on a pendant worn around the neck or on a wristband worn around the wrist. These buttons are discreet, small, and can be worn all the time no matter where a senior is or what they’re doing. The pendants/wristbands are also all waterproof, allowing them to be worn in the bath or shower.

Overall, a medical alert system is a much smarter choice for an aging senior, considering that these systems are made to protect and serve them.

Image: Medical Guardian Product Family
All in all, medical alert systems have worked well for seniors everywhere, providing them with the right amount of safety and protection that they need. Hopefully, the next time that a customer of a medical alert system company is faced with the option of purchasing a medical alert plan or sticking to the communication device that they have, they choose the former.
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