This post is just a bit of a rant.
I don’t understand why the medical alerts from the major companies that make them are all so ugly.
It’s not the base station that bothers me so much. (But maybe it should.) But the pendants are godawful. It’s clear they are made using the cheapest materials and design process imaginable.
It’s embarrassing to presume that just because someone is old they’ll be willing to wear an ugly gray panic button on their wrist.
These kinds of devices practically scream, “I’m old and I can’t take care of myself.”
I suspect if you asked people over 65, “would you like a device that could call for help if you got hurt?” most would say yes. But if you showed them the average medical alert system, they’d run screaming.
Back to the base station for a moment. If you look at the marketplace for phones and answering machines, you won’t find many products as unstylish as the base stations for medical alerts. All you get is a plain white plastic box that looks like it was state of the art in 1984. Compare that to even a middling cordless phone and you have to wonder what’s going on. The units are ugly in comparison, like something out of Soviet-era central planning.