You have an elderly parent or grandparent that lives by themselves and are on their own. But then one day you get a phone call from the hospital, saying that your parent or grandparent has been admitted into the hospital because they fell down in the snow in their front yard. One small detail: they were by themselves and no one knew what had happened until the morning, when one of the family members went out to see them.
It does happen every day to those that are living by themselves. But what if there was something that you could do to help them out? There is something that can be done.
People have heard about small things life LifeAlert. LifeAlert is a small device that families can get for their loved one so that if they fall down, they can press the button and someone calls their house phone to let them know that help is on the way. But that only works if they are near the phone and or if they can reach it in time.
With the advancement of technology, there is now “mobile medical alerts” that can be used to help with the elderly that lives by themselves.
What are Mobile Medical Alerts:
Mobile medical alerts have the same concepts like LifeAlert. Instead of having a necklace that hangs around the person’s neck with a button that connects to a medical alert base station, the mobile medical alert is not connected to one necessarily. It has GPS tracking in order to help locate the person that is in trouble. According to Mobile Medical Alert Systems, mobile medical alert systems come in two designs:
- Portable mobile medical device along with a medical pendent
- Medical alert pendants that are shaped to look like a cellular device
What are the benefits to having a mobile medical alert device:
According to Mobile Medical Alert Systems, the benefits to having a mobile medical device are:
- Inside and outside of home protection:
It allows for the senior to be out and about. Unlike the LifeAlert or similar systems, the person wearing it does not have to be near a stand at home or a phone. They are free to go about their lives, outside their home, without worry about whether or not the device will work. If something does happen, as long as there is cell phone reception, then the device will be able to connect and call emergency.
- GPS tracking:
Most people have GPS tracking in their vehicles nowadays though many still purchase things like Tom Tom and have GPS navigation their cell phones. It is sort of the same thing, but with the mobile medical alert, it actually lets the call center know their location and that is valuable for them because of the possibility of not being able to speak or if the elder person is lost and outside. According to Mobile Medical alert Systems, some devices also use online dashboards that lets caregivers and or children of the person that is using it know their physicians location, which will allow for them to know where they are.
- No need for a landline
Gone are the days of people have phones inside of their homes because of the fact that everyone is on the go and it is easier and faster to get a hold of someone on their cell phone. Technology has advanced to where people communicate now without being tied down with a phone plugged into the wall and depending upon a landline phone company. With this new technology that has come about, the elderly do not need to have a landline in order for it to work and because many are now switching to cell phones rather than staying with a landline, these new systems do not need it; all they need is a wireless connection.
What types of mobile medical alert systems are out there:
- SureResponse Personal Monitor:
This monitor is available from the Verzion wireless company. It allows for the elderly to be able to be inside and outside without being connected to a stand. It also has a GPS tracking device. One additional benefit that this product has is that it is water resistant. That means that it can be worn in a bath tub, shower, as well as in a swimming pool. It does require a two year contract, requires a frequent charging of the device, a Verizon connection and does not receive good reviews. It cost with the contract $19.99 a month and without the contract $229.99. To get the device set up and installed is $55.00, and the activation fee is $35.00.
LifeAlert, who is famous for the “Help I have fallen and cannot get up!” slogan also has a mobile medical alert device. This one generally receives good reviews out of the list. It utilizes their call center and will stay on the device until help arrives for that particular person. It is actually a watch looking device, and has the feature of carbon monoxide detection as well as fire and smoke alarm detection. The downsides to this device include not only does it not work with certain providers phone wise, it has a three year contract and does not offer prepayment discounts. The cost of the device (just the device, not the carbon monoxide eature and smoke and fire alarm) is $29.95, and with the added features, it is $49.95. It also has an installation fee of anywhere between $95.00 to $115.00.
LifeStation has been a long standing member in the community of medical alert systems. At one time, if needed, they will have two people handling an emergency call. It comes with a base stand as well as the mobile device which can be worn around the wrist or as a necklace pendent. The pros to this system is that there is no contract needed in order to be able to use this service and offers refunds on prepaid that if the person does not use it, they get their money back. Another pro is that they use their own call center to handle the calls, so there will be a quick and easy response. One more pro to this system is that there is a feature called “caregiver alerts.” What this does is that it allows for caregivers to know what is going on with their loved one such as when an emergency call was made, when the stand is not plugged in etc. The cost for this one is $29.95 per month, but if paying quarterly it is $27.95 a month and if paid annually it is $25.95 a month
To find out more background information as well as more details on each of the system talked about in this article, visit Mobile Medical Alert Systems HQ in their guide section.