One of the obstacles that seniors who wish to live independently must navigate is the risk of having an accident which causes them to be incapacitated. When living on their own, they are susceptible to situations where they are injured in a household accident with no available help at their disposal. Seniors are more prone to falling and breaking bones, or having a sudden attack as a result of a pre-existing condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or COPD. Outside of having constant supervision or 24 hour care, there are not many viable options for the prevention of a dangerous situation like those listed above.
One of the few viable options available to protect your loved ones from the dangerous situations mentioned above is the utilization of medical alert devices. Since their development, the technology, availability, and amount of choices of these devices have dramatically increased. The devices can be hand held or in necklace form, and can even be waterproof or have GPS capability. The choices are not just limited to the devices used, but also to the companies that provide the service. The main players in the medical alert device market currently are: Life Alert, ADT, LifeStation and Philips Lifeline. Out of these companies, Philips Lifeline is the market leader with about 750,000 active users. Their product has the ingenious feature of being able to detect falls automatically. Regardless of the differences between the available options, the main feature each device has in common is the ability to constantly monitor your loved one.
Most of the systems provide protection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The device is monitored by the providing company, who in turn alerts the proper authorities (ambulance, police, etc…) in the event of an incident. Some of the monitoring companies require that their clients sign contracts, which can sometimes include cancellation clauses. The client should be wary of cancellation clauses within the written contracts, so as not to open themselves up to a scenario where they end up paying extra charges if they choose to cancel their service. From a cost perspective, users must also be mindful of any hidden set up and monthly fees. Also, Medicare and most private insurance companies typically do not cover the cost of the use of medical alert devices.
Overall, medical alert devices have some wonderful benefits that will help your loved one achieve their goal of living independently. Using this technology allows them to stay in their home while they are being monitored around the clock for their safety. It can give you and your loved one reassurance and peace of mind that if something was to happen, help would be on the way immediately. Here To Help Home Care is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our clients. We believe that the use of medical alert devices can be helpful in conjunction with the home care we can provide to your loved one.