Do medical alert systems work for deaf people? A customer recently wrote to me saying that her mother is deaf and she’s looking for a medical alert that will work for her.
Here’s what I wrote back to her:
Thanks for your question. This is something I haven’t researched yet, though I obviously need to add it to the site.
I just did a quick search for “medical alert deaf” and found one helpful result:
Basically, what they are saying on this page is that the regular medical alert system works fine for someone who is deaf, but there just won’t be any two-way communication. The monitoring service will have your mother’s information on file and will know she’s deaf, so they’ll interpret any activation as an emergency.
I would suggest calling different monitored medical alert companies (there are links on ElderlyMedicalAlertSystems.com) and asking them how they work with customers who are deaf. I’m sure one company will stand out as being experienced and competent with deaf people.
And please let me know what you discover.
As far as I know, there are no systems with alternate means of communication, such as TTY.
I hope that helps!
What about you? Have you looked into medical alert products for the deaf? Did you find a system that worked well for you? Please let us know in the comments.
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