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Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Is investing in medical alert system a judicious decision?

How would it be if someone assures you of giving you peace of mind and that you could heave a sigh of relief because there is someone to take care of your loved ones? Oftentimes, this can be shrugged off as a utopian idea, but it is not.

Enjoying a tranquil state of mind means that you are able to handle daily issues easily without hiccups, you can keep anxiety and stress at bay, and when you know you have someone to turn to in times of need as far as medical emergencies are concerned, you can attend and concentrate on your work better especially if you are the sole earning member of the household.

photo/ Darko Stojanovic

Thanks to the medical alert systems that have become so popular among the elderly members of the family as you will come across very few that do not applaud the benefits they derive from this system. More about the same has been discussed in the paragraphs that follow.

What is a medical alert system?

Prior to delving deeper into the concept, in brief, let us understand what it is in the first place. If you subscribe to a medical alert system, it will alert caregivers, family members, and friends in the event you need sudden medical intervention and attention.

Why do you need this alert system?

There are several conditions due to which medical emergencies arise and more about each of them has been explained below in brief-

  • Risk of falling- In the event of seizures, arthritis, and bones being weak, chances are high that a senior member of the family, especially if he is incapacitated might fall down and suffer injuries and is urgent need of help. This is a medical emergency and under such circumstances, family and friends can be alerted by the fall detection gadgets and “talk through button” system.

 

  • Serving as companion and caregiver- Studies have revealed that majority of the senior members of a household prefer staying at home than being shifted to a care home or assisted arrangement. As such, in order to prevent these senior members from being subjected to various forms of risk, a medical alert system can be opted for in the household.
  • Peace of mind – If you know that medical alert systems can bring your loved ones close to you whenever you need them the most, you can enjoy peace of mind and be relaxed and protect yourself from the after effects of suffering from anxiety and depression.

 

How to choose a reliable medical alert system

Find out if the system that you are opting for has the following features. If these are present or at least majority of them are present, you can go ahead for one-

  • Wearable devices and gadgets that have buttons that can be pushed in the event of  emergency
  • Fall detection feature
  • GPS location tracking and detection
  • Fitness tracking
  • Monitoring activity
  • Monitoring home security
  • Are the devices waterproof and wearable
  • Range of connectivity and mobility
  • Life of battery
  • Quality  of device
  • Technological advancement
  • Ease of setting up
  • Compatible with mobile
  • Does the device have the facility of call routing
  • Cyber security
  • Cost effective and affordability
  • Return policy
  • Insurance coverage
  • Degree of customization
  • Deduction on tax
  • Guarantee
  • Availability
  • Terms and conditions of contract

Shopping for medical systems

There are many such systems available in the market and you can settle for one depending on the following-

  • Word of mouth
  • Feedback from peers and friends
  • Referrals
  • Online reviews

Author: Jimmy Simond

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