The loss of independence is a serious condition no matter what the cause. Yet, the harsh reality is that the number of dependents—aging, disabled, or temporarily compromised—is on the rise and with that is the concern and even fear for the safety and well-being of those we love.  In many cases, a personal medical alarm system can allow those individuals to continue to live on their own, or to maintain a self-sufficiency they would not otherwise have. With the simple and quick push of a button, loved ones can alert emergency services in the case of a medical situation, a fall, or even an intruder, and family members can check in and stay connected, allowing for peace of mind.

How a Personal Medical Alert System Works

medical alert systems for the aging and elderlyTypically, there are two main components to a personal medical alarm. The emergency pendant, which has a large help button to push in the case of an emergency, is worn as a necklace around the neck, as a bracelet around the wrist, or even as a clip for a pocket or belt. The pendant is linked to the base station, which is programmed to call for help via phone line, or may be directly connected by the internet. The base station, and sometimes the pendant, is capable of two-way communication so that the individual and monitoring service or emergency personnel can speak to one another.

Personal Medical Alarm Features

The array of features available for personal medical alarms make it all the more comforting knowing that individuals with compromised abilities can continue the freedom of independent living. Consider how they can work for your loved one.

  • Long range capability (up to 300-600 feet away) is especially helpful for properties with outdoor areas
  • Back-up battery station
  • Email and text message communication
  • Combination high and low temperature sensors to alert extreme temps
  • Personalized monitoring by a team who knows the individual’s medical history

How to choose a Medical Alert System

The physical abilities of the individual will determine the features you choose for the personal medical alarm. Consider everything that may impact your loved one’s safety such as mobility, medical conditions, balance, and hearing, as well as the living situation. The size of the property, number of rooms, outdoor access, etc. are also important. Some basics to put on your system’s checklist:

  • Easy to use
  • Waterproof, durable pendant
  • Test it in the home to be sure it works from all areas
  • Test light to remind you to check regularly that it’s working
  • Two-way communication capabilities
  • Trained monitoring staff to assist and call for help

Who Benefits from Medical Alarms

Any family who feels concern for a loved one’s well-being, as physical and medical abilities are compromised, will immediately experience the security that comes from a personal medical alarm system. Others who may benefit include:

  • Seniors who are not ready to give up independent living, but realize potential physical and medical concerns
  • Anyone with medical conditions that may require immediate attention
  • Loved ones in the same home whose fall or call for help may not be heard
  • Families who want the peace of mind of knowing loved ones are safe, even when they are not there