Medical Alert Systems Review
How to Choose a Medical Alert System
I think Phillips HomeSafe AutoAlert or Phillips GoSafe or MobileHelp Medical Alert System may be the best choice because they have fall alerts. GreatCall offer the Splash which you can use anywhere in US. I love mine. Its GPS has you covered anywhere, it's fall detectio is great. It also has link for family to be in touch. No landline need. It's wonderful. No I don't sell them but I do own one & love the features while feeling safe.
She needs identification information if she's away from home and has a problem. These devices are meant to work at home in limited areas, not for falls and emergencies away from home. And if the person doesn't wear it, forgets to charge it or take it with them when they go outside, it's not going to help them when they need it, just like it won't help if they don't press the button because "they don't want to bother anyone," a common problem There is a limit to what the devices can do, and once the person has a memory problem that interfers with being able to reasonably use the devices, it's not going to help and you are wasting your money.
It's better to make sure they have some sort of ID bracelet or necklace or clothing. There are many types now, even clothes that have a thing like a UPC code on them that can be read with a Smartphone and will tell the person who they are and where they belong. You can get something as cheap as a pet tag at PetSmart and put it on a necklace or bracelet or fancy as a bling bracelet from a place like Lauren's Hope.
My question for you is what do you want this for?
A landline system works with the older phones that we used to have in homes that were like Southern Bell, Bell, AT&T, PacBell, and such. They keep working even when the power goes out, they don't work off a digital system like your tv cable service does, and they aren't a cell phone that you can use when you are away from your home. The advantage is you can use the phone when the power is out and you don't have to worry about getting a good signal from a cell tower to hear people.
A cellular phone is the same as a cell phone or a mobile phone. A lot of people only have these kind of phones now and don't have the old kinds in their homes any more because the cell service is so good in the areas they live. If the signal for the cell isn't good, or your battery dies and your power is out then you have to charge your phone in your car or you have no phone service.
Some people have digital phone service that is provided throuh their cable service provider who gives them their tv and internet service too.. The problem with that is when the power goes out if they don't have a generator or battery back up the phone won't work.
Originally alarm systems only worked with landline service in homes, but now they work with digital and cell service, so it's not an issue, as long as you choose a service that works with the phone or internet provider you have. That's something they will ask you when you call them. You have internet service so it won't be a problem.
Your alarm system in your home won't go with you when you leave the home, it's only for your home. It would be set up to alert emergency services if there was a fire, break in or if you were in trouble and to also call one of your contacts.
If you need an alert service when you leave home then you need a simple cell phone with the numbers of your friends in it for you to call, then an emergency bracelet for you to wear with contact info on it and basic info about your medical issues. There are many websites that offer all kinds of bracelets or necklaces like that. You could ask your doctor for recommendations too. I got mine from Lauren's Hope because I wanted a pretty looking bracelet. It has my name, contact number and the info about my blood type and medical problem.
A GPS is a specific type of service or device with a special program that works like a map when you are lost. If you choose, you can have a special cell phone called a smart phone that has GPS service on it, but it will cost lots more for the phon and monthly service. It has the ability to help you with directions to help get you where you want. The other use for GPS is to be in a bracelet or pendant so a person who wanders can be located when they are lost, as the sheriff or police can set off a signal and find the person in a fairlly short time.
My question for you is what do you want this for? Do you have a medical condition that you are concerned will cause you to be unconscious so you can't call for help? If so you need the home alert system that calls for help if you fall and then a cell phone for you to keep with you and an emergency bracelet with medical info on it and a detailed card in your wallet. Are you afraid you will get confused or lost when you leave home to drive? If so I'd suggest you talk to your family about whether you should be driving alone, and ask them to take you places. If you do go alone you need that cell phone and alert bracelet and wallet info with you. Be very careful who you ask for help if you get lost and consider calling *hp which will put you in touch with the State Highway Patrol in almost every state.
I hope this helps you a little. (My husband was a 911 dispatcher for 24 years; we were both volunteer firefighters; his mom had dementia and I've helped with an Alzheimer's Assoc. Caregivers Support Group for 10 years; I taught fire safety education; my mom is a quadriplegic who has an emergency alert pendant; my sister is a paramedic; we do lots of work for people in emergency services).
Is there a neck or wrist device that can be used away from home? It seems that a cell phone would work as well as other device - if one remembers to carry it at all times and charge it!! Concerned about forgetting device or forgetting to charge it. Since these devices are mostly used by seniors - seems memory should be a concern. Also, I assume the neck and wrist device can be used in showers where falling is often a problem!
Do I Need a Medical Alert System?
life alert does. we are new to their program so we've never actually had to use it. but they allowed us to change 911 to a private emergency service (responds in 2-3 minutes vs. 20 for the city) as long as we did it in writing.
Life alert also has the waterproof in home device so it can be worn in the shower. a gps model to take when leaving the house. and neither need to be charged. i placed my husband's with his keys. most people remember to take certain items when they go out of the house. keys or purse (for women) would be the logical place to keep them. again, no charging needed with their long term (the install rep said five years) batteries.
We were also given a personal rep that we can call with any problems. direct line (although i did get voicemail when i called, he called back within two hours to work out the issue).
It is more expensive but i like the personal service, the waterproof in home device and the fact that neither device needs to be charged.
Medical Alert Systems: Our Verdict & Recommendations
If you can get the non emergency number to the Communications part of your ambulance services they would have a good idea of ones that actually work best in reporting calls, ones that give lots of false alarms, etc. You need to give priority to your needs to make a good decision, because not all systems will fit all needs. If you are looking for a system for a person that wanders, ask your police/sheriff dept if they offer a free GPS moniter. Our sheriff dept. has worked with a local charity to offer a free wrist watch like band to people with dementia and other mental disorders that works with GPS so if the person is lost they can activate it and find them fairly quicklly.
BUT YOU MUST WEAR IT! A friend of many years had maintained himself well(excersize,diet, etc). but one day forgot or failed to wear his medical alert button and had a stroke. After three days on the floor he was discovered by a friend, and is now, in thospital recovering from the strokeSince this occured I've purchased I've been stimulated to get a Medical Guardianalert system as it seems the most complete.I can report back after a while, but like an Airbag, I hope I will never have to use it
I have Life Alert and love it, and I just recommended the service to a friend who nearly died in a diabetic coma. When he told me what happened, I said "You need Life Alert." First, there is the waterproof pendant. The button is a little indented, so you're not going to set it off if you move around when you sleep. Then there is the mobile GPS unit with a 10-year battery life. No having to charge it and try to remember to take it with you when you go out. I keep mine in my pocket. My mother had MobileHelp but kept forgetting to take the mobile device with her until I plugged it in next to her purse. You don'y only have to use the devices for medical problems. If someone breaks into your home, press the button, and the responder will talk to them over the base unit and tell them the police are on the way. Ditto if you feel unsafe while out, press and hold the mobile GPS Help button. All GPSs rely on cellphone service, so if you're in the Mohave Desert, forget it. No service can reach you there. When you press the pendant or hold the mobile GPS Help button, you are connected to a staff of medically trained responders who pull up your medical records. They will call 911 and several of your contacts.