Summoning Emergency Medical Services at Night

Late night is the worst time for medical emergencies, especially for seniors living alone. For caretakers, the thought of nighttime emergencies is a constant worry: Will my senior be able to summon emergency medical services? Will she be able to convey the problem accurately to the 911 dispatcher? If my loved one lives alone, who will notify me that he needs help, and when will I find out?

Nighttime medical emergencies aren’t limited to heart attacks or strokes; something as simple as a trip to the bathroom presents the risk for a fall. The lighting is dim, and your senior has just awakened and may not be fully alert. Even if you live with your loved one, will you be able to hear a call for help after a nighttime fall when you’re asleep?

We’ll look at two types of medical alert systems that can alleviate your worries. They ensure that emergency medical services can be contacted quickly by Philips Lifeline response center associates who provide friendly, reassuring voices to calm your loved one’s fears while they contact emergency personnel and/or the senior’s emergency contacts.

Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service for In-Home Use

According to the National Sleep Foundation, as people grow older, they tend to have a harder time falling asleep and their sleep is more restless. You’re not always awake while your senior is moving around in the home, but the Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Systems can step in for you in the first few minutes after a nighttime emergency to expedite emergency medical services even before you can get to your loved one. This cutting-edge medical alert device is:

  • Wearable, allowing your senior to maintain a full range of normal activities while wearing a pendant or bracelet
  • Comfortable, so anyone can sleep with the pendant or bracelet
  • Waterproofed for continued use in the shower or bathtub
  • Self-charging, ensuring continuous and proper operation
  • Fitted with a backup battery to avoid disruption of service


Philips Lifeline GoSafe System: For Seniors on the Go

If your senior is active, nighttime can pose additional concerns, especially if your senior drives at night. The Philips Lifeline GoSafe System allows seniors to maintain their independence while extending peace of mind to caregivers. In addition to the features found in the basic system, GoSafe offers three additional important features for seniors on the go3:

  • Two-way communication — The pendant offers two-way communication between the senior’s pendant and the response center or first responder.
  • GPS enabled — Up to six locating technologies help the response center find seniors even in remote locations, in dim lighting, or in the dark of night. It tracks the wearer through breadcrumb technologies and even works in homes without a landline.
  • AutoAlert fall detection — The system can detect most falls and automatically alerts the response center.1 If there’s no verbal response after a fall is detected, the response center will summon emergency medical services.

GoSafe can give seniors the additional bit of confidence they might need to remain active and take part in activities they enjoy.

Even the most active and independent senior can become more apprehensive at night. With a medical alert system, you and your loved one can rest easier knowing that emergency medical services are just a button push away.

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