Purchasing a Medical Alert System - Part 3
Home Helpers of LKN & Central NC
What follows is Part 3 of a 4 Part series that will explain the variations in medical alert products and what you should know before you buy...
We continue our multi-part series on Med Alert systems with explanations of options and features that one should understand before making a purchase. As you'll recall, we previously mentioned that our standard system has a button which is worn by the user, has a range of about 300' on average, and will contact our monitoring center when the button is pressed. But what other options are available? In Part-3 we'll highlight a few of the most popular:
1) Critical Information Forwarding. All of our Direct Link products have the option of forwarding critical information to the emergency responders. For instance, if someone is on a complex drug regimen, or under treatment for an illness, our units can provide that information to the responding agency. In addition, if there is a hidden key outside of the home that will allow easy entry, the responders will be informed of where to find it! This is a great feature when you consider that when emergency responders arrive at a locked home, they will typically break a window or door to gain access. Knowing that a key is available to enter the dwelling is invaluable. BTW, this is a free option on all Home Helpers Direct Link products!
2) Fall sensing. This should be a consideration for any person that is a fall hazard. In this case, the button has a small sensor in it that will detect when a client falls. It will then automatically activate an emergency alert request without additional intervention from the user. Fall sensing will typically add a small cost to the monthly rate, but for someone who is unsteady, it is well worth the expense.
3) 2-Way Pendants. With a standard alert system, after sending an alert, the user will speak to the call center through the base unit. If they are too far from the base to converse, the next action would typically be to dispatch emergency responders. 2-Way Pendants allow the user to speak through the pendant! Also, these units typically have more range than a standard pendant, continuing to function up to about 600 feet from the base. This is a good choice for someone who likes to be out of the home, but is still in the neighborhood.
4) Mobile Units. A mobile medical alert uses a cellular network to communicate with the monitoring center, and incorporates a built in GPS receiver. This allows the user to travel anywhere there is cellular coverage, and if help is needed, the GPS will identify where they are located. Assistance can then be dispatched to that location! In addition, the user is able to speak with the Response Center directly through the pendant. This type of device is great for someone that is active and is out of the home on a regular basis.
With the exception of #1 above, adding options tends to increase cost. If the option is not really needed or provides some value, then the buyer should consider saving that money! Besides, with our products, upgrades can be made at any time.
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