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A Guide To Medical Alert Systems For Seniors


10 Important Features in a Personal Emergency Response System

There are many different types of PERSs (personal emergency response systems) on the market today. With so many different options it is sometimes difficult to know which medical alert system is the right choice for you. Here are ten features you might want to look for in the PERS you pick out for yourself or your aging parent .

1) Low emergency response time. The purpose of a personal emergency response system is to have split second access to help if the time comes when help is needed. Seconds count and minutes really matter. The average response time for the medical alert company you choose should be under 30 seconds .

2) 24/7/365 monitoring. You are paying for a service and should be able to expect that service to be available any time day or night. Find a service that includes this potentially life-saving service in the monthly monitoring fee.

3) simple to install. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the service being provided is if you need to go to engineering school in order to figure out how to install it. The most reliable systems for the average elderly person are those that are easy to plug in and set up. Simple is better when it comes to personal emergency response systems!

4) Knowledgeable faculty. You don’t want to trust your health or the health of an aging loved one to someone who sounds as though he or she is reading from a cue card. You want to work with caring individuals who are highly trained to deal with emergencies before they occur .

5) Self-monitoring equipment. Equipment failures in an emergency can be completely lethal. You want a system that offers self-monitoring equipment that will alert the proper people in the event of a malfunction so they can replace the system as soon as possible.

6) Affordable rates for monthly monitoring. Some companies charge astronomical fees for monthly monitoring. The average person on a fixed income simply can’t afford those rates. You’ll have to decide for yourself what is and is not an affordable rate for this kind of peace of mind.

7) Easy to use. It will do no good for you to find yourself in an emergency situation only to be confused by the equipment. You need a Personal Emergency Response System that is easy to use even if you are confused or slightly panicked. Those that offer simple to use panic buttons are very easy and handy to have on your person any time day or night.

8) Live monitoring. Some services that assure 24/7 monitoring fail to mention that this is not live monitoring that is offered. You want to find a system that has live operators working 24 hours a day. The last thing you want is to answer a series of questions and hold for a real person when you are in the middle of an emergency.

9) Agreeable contract terms. You never know what the next year holds in store. Long-term hospital or rehabilitation services could have you operating outside the home for many months. It makes no sense to continue paying for monitoring during the months you don’t need the service because of a contract. Find a service that requires no contract or offers some flexibleness in the plan to accommodate for months when the service isn’t needed.

10) An emergency plan that is designed specifically for you. Some services offer a one-size-fits-all plan emergency plan. You want a service that will call your family, your neighbor, your doctor, or whomever you designate for them to call in the event of an emergency.


One such company that provides all 10 of these important features is MedFirst Alert.  They can be contacted at 1-800-595-0718 or you may go to their website at


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