Forget what you think you know about medical alert systems. If the last time you checked out a medical alert system was decades ago, you’ll probably be surprised to learn that there are lots of different ways you can customize a medical alert system when you order one in the 21st century.
Here are just a few ways you can customize a medical alert system to fit your needs.
Landline and cellular units
It used to be that the only way you could enjoy a medical alert system was if you had a landline. This wasn’t a problem when cell phones weren’t popular, but today, many people forgo a landline altogether in favor of a cell phone. Where does that leave the elderly who want to invest in a medical alert system?
Most service providers offer both landline and cellular units. Although some may charge extra for a cellular unit, not all do, so make sure you research the home security system you’re interested in carefully.
Medical alert systems are great to have around the house, especially since many seniors spend a lot of time at home alone. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience an emergency outside the house!
If you’d like the same coverage inside and outside the home, consider a GPS unit. Not only are they fully functional in the home, they can provide assistance when you’re in the garden, out shopping, at the pool, or having dinner with friends. In some cases, you can skip the bulky base unit altogether by choosing a GPS system!
Fall detection pendants
The very first medical alert pendants required you to push the button in order to alert someone that there’s been an accident. Most systems still come equipped with these pendants today, but did you know that falls are the leading cause of death due to injury for the elderly? If you experience a fall like that, you probably won’t be able to push the button on your medical alert pendant.
If you’d like a little extra protection, consider a fall detection pendant. It can register a fall, even if you are unable to reach out for help. If you are unconscious, a fall detection pendant will report the incident, ensuring that emergency personnel is sent to your location right away.
Many medical alert systems offer a wide variety of additional features in an attempt to provide comprehensive service above and beyond their competitors. Additional features include:
- Lock boxes
- Fire, smoke, and CO2 detectors
- Medication reminders and dispensers
- Mobile apps
You can further customize your plans by adding users and pendants. To make sure you choose a system with all the features you’re looking for, spend some time researching the best providers available on the market today.