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Purchasing A Medical Alert System - Part 1

By Home Helpers of LKN & Central NC

Life line medical alert with automatic fall sensorWhat follows is Part-1 of a 4-part series that will explain the variations in medical alert products and what you should know before you buy...

No one wants to lose their independence. The freedom to live comfortably where one chooses is something that no one wants to forfeit.  However, it can be difficult to maintain independence and retain the peace-of-mind of knowing you're safe. So how do we remain independent and protected at the same time?

The best solution to this problem is a life line Medical Alert unit from Home Helpers. This is a device that allows people to live independently in their own homes while still remaining protected from the various hazards that can arise when living alone or when living with various mental or physical impairments. Choosing the right medical alert system can be a difficult and stressful decision. What features do you really need? What should I look for? How does it work?  What is the cost?  It can be daunting to get started, but don’t worry, we can guide you to the best decision.

First, the basics.  A medical alert system consists of two fundamental components.  They are

1) A pendant which is worn around the neck or wrist, and

2) A base unit that receives the signal from the pendant when the pendant's button is pressed. 

When the pendant is activated, the base unit will contact a monitoring location, and trained personnel will speak with you to determine if you have an emergency.  Since the pendant can be activated accidentally, this allows the emergency personnel an opportunity to determine if there is a real problem. Also, we encourage our clients to press the button on a regular basis so that they are familiar with how it works, and to confirm that it is operating normally.

There are lots of variations to the above mentioned fundamentals, and despite what some vendors advertise, one size does not fit all!  We'll cover some of those differences in our next posting.  In the meantime, if you would like to know more about these products, feel free to give us a call.  We'll be glad to explain more and assist you.

Click here to learn more about our medical alert products.  

Part 2 of this series is available by clicking here...