Okay, so you’re interested in monitored medical alerts.
Monitored alerts give you professional responders on the other end of the phone. Their business is to respond to emergencies, which can be an advantage over having your emergency call go to a friend or family member.
That’s a great choice, and we still need to narrow it down.
Where do you want the unit to work?
A. Just around your home
B. “Everywhere” you go
Many people immediately want the mobile unit because it’s got the “most protection.”
Not wrong, and I’m not trying to talk you out of it.
But here’s the big consideration:
The place you absolutely NEED your medical alert to work is at home.
If you have a medical emergency at home, there’s no one around to see it happen and no one to call for help if you can’t get to a phone.
You might be there for days before someone comes by or thinks to check on you.
But if you’re out in public, there’s a much higher chance that a) someone will see you right away or b) someone will come by soon and see that you need help.
So that’s why I think your top priority should be to make sure you buy a system that will protect you at home, whether or not it’s a mobile solution.
Advantages of mobile systems for home-based protection
Some of the well-designed mobile medical alerts are pretty small, keep a battery charge for a long time, and of course they offer 2-way communication right from the unit. (There’s no base station.) And they don’t require a land line. This makes them great around the house and around the yard, with a bonus that they also work around town.
Downsides of mobile units
First, mobile medical alerts only work if you’re carrying the panic button and it has battery power. Depending on the unit you purchase, a mobile medical alert might be a lot larger than a similar home-based unit. And some of them run through batteries pretty quickly, so if you’re not staying on top of charging it, you’ll be out of luck. (For some people, remembering to charge the unit will be tough. For others, that will be easy but remembering to start carrying it again will be hard. Ever leave the house without your cell phone??)
Second, you need a good the cell signal in your area. It’s not very good at my house, so I wouldn’t be able to buy a non-landline unit.
Overall, a good “home” unit will probably offer better at home protection than a mobile unit, but a good mobile unit could provide better home protection than a bad home unit.
Ready to choose?
Not sure? I sympathize. It’s actually a tough choice. Start with the coverage at home systems. You can always come back here and choose differently.
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