Think you know everything there is to know about medical alert systems? We bet you don’t!
As a matter of fact, we have a feeling that you’ve bought into some of the top misconceptions about medical alert systems, and you don’t even know it.
- If you have a cell phone, you don’t need a medical alert system
There’s really nothing better when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family than a cell phone. As a matter of fact, did you know that a report by Experian that was shared by Tantango states that 94% of seniors over the age of 70 text on a weekly basis? That’s more than any other generation, even Millenials!
Such surprising data would definitely have you believing that grandma doesn’t need a medical alert system if she already has a cell phone. The truth is, most seniors can benefit from a medical pendant even with a phone, and that’s because they aren’t likely to have their phone with them at all times.
Sure, grandma is likely to carry her phone with her when she goes shopping or grabs a quick bite to eat with a friend, but she isn’t likely to have her phone in her pocket when she’s walking around the house or doing a bit of yard work in the garden. A medical alert system pendant is made to be worn around the neck or the wrist, providing your loved with protection literally anywhere she goes, even in the bathroom, where the majority of falls take place.
- Medical alert systems are for seniors who live alone
Medical alert system companies hit this demographic hard, because they are the group who can benefit from a system the most. However, there are plenty of others who can benefit from 24/7 protection.
Anyone with a medical condition, no matter what their age, can greatly benefit from a medical alert system, especially if they live alone. As a matter of fact, some doctors will recommend certain systems for their patients. Depending on your insurance and your condition, you may not be responsible for the cost of your system.
Not only are medical alert systems primarily marketed to seniors, they also spend a lot of time outlining the benefits of a system if you live alone. The truth is, even seniors who live with others should consider a medical alert system. Many people say, “Grandpa is usually with someone else,” which is great, but what does ‘usually’ mean? Even when living with a caregiver or a spouse, grandpa may not receive help until the morning if he falls in the middle of the night. A medical alert pendant will ensure that help is on the way, day or night.
- Medical alert system technology is bulky, ugly, and embarrassing
This may seem like the silliest reason for not wanting a medical alert system, but many seniors feel very strongly that their pendant or bracelet is embarrassing. It can seem like they’re broadcasting their precarious ability to live alone to the world. For others, bulky technology is just uncomfortable to wear and carry around. Well, we’ve got good news. Both of these concerns couldn’t be further from the truth.
Many wristbands are extremely discreet, appearing more like a watch than a medical alert device. Some companies are taking things a step further, and designing their bands to look like the newest technology. This cool wristband looks a bit like the popular wristband Fitbit.
If a neck pendant is more likely to be comfortable for you, consider changing out the lanyard. This pretty lanyard is designed just for women wearing a medical alert pendant, but you could choose nearly any lanyard you like. Even if you don’t find anything that appeals to you, most pendants are so small and lightweight that they can easily be worn underneath your clothing.
Medical alert systems have definitely kept up with the times, offering a wide range of products and services to fit nearly and need or budget. Just take a little bit of time to understand the differences between each system, and which features you should look for. You’ll be glad you did!