There’s little doubt about the importance of medical alert systems. Even a minor emergency such as a short fall can lead to serious injury or death if help cannot be reached quickly. The World Health Organization says remaining on the floor after a fall or medical event can quickly lead to complications, including pressure sores, pneumonia, dehydration, hypothermia, and even death. A medical alert system pairs technology with the comfort of knowing help can be accessed at the push of a button.
HomeSafe Service Options
The HomeSafe service pairs two of Philips Lifeline’s trusted home-based systems into a single product with two choices for seniors. The two systems are identical, except for the help button pendant.
- The HomeSafe Personal Help Button: The traditional pendant features a help button, which must be pushed to call for help. Once pressed, the base unit will dial the call center, and a Philips Lifeline response associate will be on the line in a matter of seconds.
- The HomeSafe with AutoAlert Help Button: The AutoAlert pendant has fall detection technology, meaning it can place the call for you automatically if it detects you have fallen.1 While this technology is highly reliable, it cannot detect all types of falls, so you should always press the button if you need help.
The base unit is the same with both of the HomeSafe pendants and features technology that makes it possible to broadcast any call placed through your device throughout your home. Setup is easy. All you have to do is follow its easy setup instructions and make sure to wear your pendant. It also conducts regular tests automatically to ensure it’s operating properly.
GoSafe Mobile Alert System
The GoSafe system is the new mobile personal medical alert system from Philips Lifeline. This pendant has a speaker and microphone, allowing you to contact the call center without a base unit nearby. It makes calls using a cellular network, just like a mobile phone. This means you can use it at home and outside on the go. These pendants include AutoAlert, as well as GPS and other locating technologies, to help ensure first responders can find your exact location after a fall or a call.
Because it can be used anywhere that has cellular reception, GoSafe is a great choice for seniors who are active and frequently on the go. At home, it relies on a base unit just like the HomeSafe system — it switches from cellular emergency calls to calls using your phone line automatically any time you are within range of your base unit.
Getting help as soon as possible in an emergency increases your chances of recovery. In the event of a fall, the longer you remain on the floor or ground, the more likely you’ll need additional assistance after your hospital stay. By investing in medical alert technology, you can ensure help is on the way immediately after a fall or any other medical emergency. This will increase the odds that you’ll be able to continue living independently.