Senior Medical Alert System

A Guide To Medical Alert Systems For Seniors


Medical Alert Systems and How They Work

Medical Alert Systems are used by senior citizens and those with disabilities in their homes or apartments. Those seniors and those with disabilities usually wear a medical alert pendant or a belt clip so they are never out of reach.

Almost all medical alert systems connect to your home phone line with a 2 way voice monitoring device  The device uses an extremely loud speaker system and an ultra sensitive microphone that will pick up your voice wherever you are in the house. One such system is provided by MedFirst Alert. It features a wireless, single button, water proof, device  that communicates with the console when help is needed. In an emergency situation, the device will immediately call or notify (when the emergency button is pressed) a trained professional who returns the call to the patient or contacts the appropriate parties. If the care specialist receives no answer, help will be immediately sent.Depending on the situation, a friend, relative or ambulance is summoned. Your family physician can even be called.  Typical uses for medical alert systems are for expecting mothers, senior citizens, handicapped, or diabetic patients.The most common uses for medical alert systems are for the elderly and those with disabilities.  Sometimes they are also used by pregnant women and people who suffer from diabetes.

Here’s How They Work

1.     Press Your Alarm Pendant

  • Waterproof button so it can be worn in the bath or shower.
  • Pendant, wrist and belt buckle attachments are options with each unit.
  • Speaker phone lets you talk to a live person even if you’ve fallen & are unable to get up.
  • Most Consoles pick up  the alert button signal for up to 150 feet to 400 feet.
  • Backup battery typically works for up to 32 hours in the event of a power failure.
  • When needed, emergency medical services will be contacted.

2.     Alarm Unit Connects with a Care Specialist

  • Specially trained Care Specialists.  Usually undergo special training for medical emergencies.
  • The care specialists will stay on the line with you until help arrives.
  • Specialist will contact family members, friends and neighbors.
  • Many of them are trained for medical emergencies such as medical overdoses, falls, etc.

3.     Immediate Assistance from a UL listed Monitoring Center

  • Monitoring stations should be UL certified which means they have me stringent requirements to better serve their customers.
  • Make sure the Medical Alert Systems provider is UL certified.
  • Monitoring Centers are open 24 hours per day/365 days a year.

4.     Help Arrives at your Doorstep

  • Ambulance or other medical personnel are called by the care specialist at the monitoring center.
  • Police are sometimes summoned in the event of a break in or other similar need.

Medical alert systems have protected thousands of lives over the past 30 years and the typical cost for monthly monitoring is less than $1 a day for most systems. If you or a loved one is in need of a medical alert system, do something about it today.  You never know when a loved one may have a serious fall at home and need help to arrive quickly.


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