Almost one-third of people 65 and over fall each year, half of which take place in the person’s home. It can be scary to have a loved one living alone. What if they fall and injure themselves? What if they can’t reach the phone? There are a few ways to get peace of mind for you and your loved one.
One of these ways is a medical alert system. A medical alert system is essentially a small receiver that plugs into your phone line. This receiver connects to a pendant that can be worn around the neck or the wrist. If the wearer has a problem, they can activate the pendant and this sends a call through the receiver to either an operator or 911. A system like this provides a great way for seniors to live independently with a sense of security. Getting one of these systems can be a tough process however.
There are as many as 10 different providers of medical alert systems. Each provider has different features and drawbacks. You should consider what the battery life of the pendent is. If you fall and the battery is dead, you can’t call for help. The range that the pendent can call for help varies from provider to provider. Some cheaper pendants can’t even signal through walls. Make sure to do your research before you pick a medical alert system provider. A personal alternative to medical alert systems is to hire a home caregiver to look after your loved one.