Top 5 Questions to Ask About Medical Alert Systems
Learn the top 5 questions that everyone should ask, when searching for the right Medical Alert System for their loved ones.
As we get older, many things change, and it’s comforting to know we can stay in our homes and live independently for as long as possible thanks to technology.
These medical alert systems save lives every day. With just a push of a button, help is on the way when you need it. But how do you know if this is right for you, a friend, or a family member?
Here are the top five questions you should ask before you purchase a medical alert system.
- Can the alert system detect a fall? We’ve all seen the popular commercials from the ’80s, but technology has come a long way. Some systems can now detect a fall even without the user pressing a button. This could be very helpful if the person is unconscious or just not able to press the button quickly.
- What range does the alert system have? Most systems have a base and a wearable device which connects to the base wirelessly, so you need to know the range between the two just in case part of your home isn’t covered, leaving you unprotected.
- Can the system be used away from home? Emergencies can happen both at home and while away. Many medical alert systems have built-in GPS capabilities so first responders can find them right away and get them the help they need.
- Is the system installed professionally, or do I install it myself? Sometimes manufacturers will install the system for you and test it in the home. Make sure to ask about any additional fees. If they mail the device to you, make sure you have all the proper instructions, including a phone number for support. Be sure to test the alert system before you use it to make sure it’s working right.
- Where is the call center located? Outsourcing is a popular way for businesses to save money. Learn more about your call center and ask important questions about how quickly they respond to calls and how well the support team understands their product.
Medical alert systems are a smart option for improving independent living for you or a loved one while staying safe. Remember, accidents can happen to anyone. Studies show more than 50% of adults over the age of 80 will suffer a fall some time within the next year. Will you be ready?
For the American Alarms Blogging Team, I’m Sunny Gault.
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