At least once a month I see a news story about how someone has activated their medical alert system because a criminal has broken into their home.
While this isn’t one of the main uses for which a medical alert system is designed (they are designed to get you help if you have a medical emergency and can’t reach the telephone), it’s a perfectly acceptable use. In fact, the news stories I see usually indicate that the planned attack was foiled by the use of the medical alert.
Not only can the alert system get the police to your house, but often the mere fact that you are reporting the crime and talking to someone who will be sending help is enough to make the would-be robber leave the house.
But what kind of medical alarm will work best in this situation?
What you don’t want is a situation where your medical alert system is calling and calling to reach your family and friends, but no one is available to answer.
And you don’t want a situation where your base station speakerphone is out of range of your voice, so you can’t describe the problem. What happens in a situation like this is that the medical monitoring company will send an ambulance. 95% of the time this is just the right thing to do, but not if you’re being attacked or if your house is on fire. You also wouldn’t want the robber to be closer to the base station than you are, to the point where he or she could try to tell the responders that there’s really no problem.
(Believe it or not, I’ve read one news account where this happened. Creepily, the attacker was the older person’s child, and they tried to tell the medical monitoring responders that the older person was delusional.)
For my money, the best medical alert to have in a home-invasion situation is the MediPendant. That’s because the talk-through-the-pendant functionality means you can always have a clear conversation with the monitoring center, no matter where you are in the house, and even if you have to hide or move from room to room.
It’s not any more expensive than some popular medical alerts that don’t provide the same level of functionality.
Find out more at GetMedipendant.com.