|   Business


  |   Business


How to Choose a Medical Alert System

The right medical alert system for you depends on many factors. These include your needs and abilities. Some systems are for around the clock care and others for occasional help only. Understand the kind of help needed. If you can drive yourself or there is someone to do it, you may need different systems.

Here are important questions to ask when looking for the best life alert system.

  1. What type of medical condition do you or a loved one have?

Do they have diabetes, heart disease, COPD, dementia, etc.? Knowing what conditions you or a loved one has will help you determine what kind of system you will need. A fall alert system detects falls, while a wheelchair or bed alarm is perfect for someone immobile.

  1. Where do you live?

Are you in an apartment complex, condominium, house with acreage, etc.? Knowing where you are located will help you find the best system for you. A home-based system will hold more weight, while a mobile system is smaller and easily portable.

  1. How much money do you want to spend on the system?

There are different price ranges for systems available. You can get a simple system for a few hundred dollars, or a more complex system that costs more. The latter can monitor vitals and vital signs in addition to detection abilities.

  1. What type of assistance does the user need?

This matters especially if you will be purchasing an alert necklace or watch. A mobile pendant that resembles a small cell phone helps someone who is not able to get around easily. On the other hand, a mobile system is perfect for those who need extensive monitoring abilities.

  1. What features are most essential?

Different systems offer different capabilities and features. Therefore, it makes sense to check out all of them before you make your decision. Some basic alerts include fall detection, activity tracking and resulting measurement of health and wellness statistics. Others even have GPS tracking in the case of a full-fledged medical alert system.

  1. Where do you want to place the device?

Some people use medical alert devices in their homes. Others opt for systems that allow them to carry the device with them or wear it on their wrist. It can be something such as a wristwatch to wear when they go about their daily activities.

Look for a unit that is appropriate for the room you plan to place the device. For instance, a small one is suitable for a bathroom.

  1. Who else will use the system?

Think about who else will be using the system where you live. If it is your child, make sure they will see the phone in time to answer it before calling for help.

Consider whether you want a system with multiple handsets. This is particularly if several people might need to call for help. It is also an advantage if you can use one handset while charging another elsewhere.

  1. What type of monitoring is required?

Different types of medical alert systems offer a somewhat different approach to interfacing with the user. In that case, it is important to understand how you will interact with emergency operators and what sort of assistance they can provide. Make sure the company offers 24/7 monitoring services in your area.

  1. Do you require immediate help?

If so, does your system offer automatic fall detection? If so, how accurate is it? Some systems are very sensitive to falls and can detect when someone has taken a spill. On the other hand, some people might be at greater risk of an accidental fall than others might. However, they still might want help if they are in distress.

  1. How much storage do you have on your landline?

Do you have enough to last several minutes? If not, consider a unit with an alternate notification method. It could be one with the ability to send out a wireless signal or use a cellular network to contact help.Final Thoughts

Medical alert systems are very useful in taking care of the sick and those who need support during emergencies. However, they come in different types. For that reason, you must study the available options to pick the one that serves you right.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or the management of EconoTimes

  • Market Data

Welcome to EconoTimes

Sign up for daily updates for the most important
stories unfolding in the global economy.