Buying Guide: Learn About Our Medical Alert Systems
Getting older doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. If you’re an older adult, or a family member who can’t be there every minute, you probably worry about falling or another situation requiring help.
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Consider the following when choosing a personal alert system:
There are many medical alert systems available. This guide will help you identify the medical alert system that meet your specific needs.
- Do you or your parent live alone? Think about your lifestyle and the activities you do regularly. Do you live alone or primarily stay around the house? Or are you active in your community and often on the go? Your daily routine will help you understand the medical alert system you need. If you spend a lot of time outside the home, for example, a mobile alert system could be the best choice.
- Do you or your parent primarily stay around the home or live a more active lifestyle with lots of outside activities? If you are active—take walks, go to fitness classes, visit friends—a mobile alert system could be for you. The wearable device has a speaker and microphone incorporated so you can talk to the response centrewherever you are. Find out what technologies the system uses and look for one that uses more than GPS. If a fall or emergency happens outside the home, it is critical the system be able to locate you as quickly as possible. For example, the GoSafesystems use up to six location technologies to identify where the subscriber is, even if the person cannot speak.
- Do you or your parent have any chronic medical conditions, like COPD, diabetes or cognitive impairment? Consider your overall health. Is falling a concern? Do you take medications that influence your energy levels or balance? In as many as 30% of falls, seniors can’t or don’t push the medical alert button. A medical alert system for seniors with fall detection, such as the HomeSafewith AutoAlert, could be a solution to ensure you get the help you need, whether you push the button or not.
- Are you worried about falls and not being able to call for help? A device equipped with fall detection technology can identify when the wearer has fallen then alert the Response Centre even if the wearer is unable to do so. For example, HomeSafewith AutoAlert uses technology and algorithms to separately identify your regular movements, such as sitting or reclining, from a fall. This capability results in significantly fewer false alerts. If a fall does occur and you do not rise after 30 seconds, the Response Centre is alerted and initiates contact with you.
Factor in your answers as you evaluate the best solution for you and your family.
Lifeline products for seniors who stay mostly at home
Our Lifeline HomeSafeproducts connect immediately to our Response Center with the push of the personal alert button on a pendant or wristband. HomeSafewith AutoAlert can even contact our Response Center if you’re unconscious or unable to press the button yourself, if it detects a fall.1
Lifeline products for seniors who are on the go
Designed specifically for active seniors, our Lifeline GoSafe mobile response system combines AutoAlert fall detection technology1 with six location technologies and cellular capabilities to ensure personal independence and safety.3
Don’t wait for an emergency
It’s hard to think about getting older. It’s hard to think about what could happen in a moment when we’re not there to help a loved one. But planning ahead is critical to avoid preventable health impacts and unnecessary medical expenses. The best time to buy a medical alert device is before an emergency.
It’s easy to preserve your (or your parent’s) independence and control without sacrificing personal health and safety. Our personal medical alert systems provide seniors with access to help in an emergency, thereby helping to ease the concerns of family members.
We’re there for you – or for your parent when you can’t be.