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Telehealth Monitoring to Fit Active Lifestyles

By Emma Dickison

We’ve all seen the famous TV commercial with the elderly woman calling out, “Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” And while such advertisements can often overdramatize reality, this one is frighteningly accurate. According to the American Geriatrics Society, one-third of people age 65 and older will fall each year.

No one wants to admit this could happen to them, but statistics don’t lie. Fortunately, telehealth monitoring has come a long way since this famous commercial originated, and there are now a wide range of medical alert systems, including Direct Link Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS), available to fit even the most active lifestyles. All Direct Link units are monitored 24/7 by a CSAA-5 Diamond Certified Care Center:
Personal Emergency Response Systems

  • Standard Land-Line or Cellular PERS*: Worn as a discrete pendant or wristwatch, these PERS are convenient and easy to use, giving you and your loved ones an added sense of security at all times. In the event of an emergency, simply push the small button to be connected to a friendly Care Center Representative who will get you the help you need. The Cellular PERS works with cellular networks and does not require you to have a cell phone.
  • The Care Watch*: By utilizing cellular and GPS technology, The Care Watch can track your location in case of an emergency. This unit is especially popular for those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia who have a tendency to wander.
  • Fall Sensor: This unit is specifically designed to detect a fall and automatically dial the Central Monitoring Station to ensure you receive help promptly. If no sudden movement is detected within 10 seconds, an “unconsciousness” alarm will be raised. Help can also be reached 24/7 by pushing the button.

It may be difficult to admit you or a loved one could benefit from using a PERS, but the fact is it can be a real lifesaver. Nothing beats the peace of mind that comes with knowing you or your loved one can reach help 24/7, day or night. For more information about medical alert systems, visit www.DirectLink911.com.

* Services may be limited in some areas.