Elderly Medical Alerts are systems comprised of a small unit that is worn as a necklace or a bracelet and a base unit that attaches to the phone. The small unit is a wireless, two-way communication device with an alert button that the senior pushes in an emergency.
There are many elderly medical alert companies and it can be confusing to know what features are important. The following are 7 tips to consider when purchasing an elderly medical alert.
1) Waterproof – Ensure the unit that the user wears is waterproof so the user can wear it in the bath or shower. This ensures the user does not forget to put it back on after bathing/showering. It also ensures they are wearing it if they have an emergency while showering/bathing. The bathroom is a dangerous and slippery area of the house and falls are common.
2) Dependable, Respected Company – Make sure the company has been providing service for many years and has good reviews. The internet is an excellent source for reading consumer reviews for elderly medical alerts. It is also a good idea to talk with other seniors and their families in deciding on what provider you will use.
3) Regular Testing – Make sure the provider has a monthly test that makes sure the elderly medical alert is functioning properly. This device is something you hope you never have to use but when you do need it, you want it to work! It’s like other alarms – such as a smoke detector – you want it to work when you need it but hopefully you never have to use it.
4) Style and Function – Make sure the user will wear the device (necklace or wrist band). There are different styles available and its important the user feels it is comfortable and stylish so they will wear it. Elderly medical alerts are no use if the user is not wearing it!
5) Cost – It is worth researching different service providers as costs can and do vary. They can include buying or renting the device and a monthly fee. Some service providers are covered by extended medical or other health benefit insurance. For example, in Canada the Veteran Affairs Canada sometimes cover the cost of an elderly medical alert for veterans.
6) Contracts – Read the contract and see what obligation you are agreeing to before purchasing. Make sure you understand the agreement as some companies have contract lengths such as 6-12 months or longer. They may also have cancellation fees if the full contract term is not met.
7) Wear It! – Some seniors do not wear their elderly medical alert because they think they do not need it, they do not like the look of them or they forget to put it back on after taking it off for their bath or at bedtime. It’s only good if the user wears it so whenever possible, its best for the user to wear it at all times so they do not have the opportunity to forget to put it back on!
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