August is MedicAlert Awareness Month, and in the spirit of senior safety, few things provide as much peace of mind as an effective medical alert system, especially for an aging spouse.
Medical alert systems vary depending on need.
It can boil down to wearable devices, such as bracelets or necklaces, that automatically contact emergency help when a button on the device is pressed. Home-based systems are perfect for seniors who live alone and can even reduce certain costs associated with in-home care. Mobile alert systems can provide an emergency connection from almost any location and are well-suited for healthy seniors with active lifestyles.
With so many medical alert systems to choose from, however, determining the right system for your spouse can be challenging.
First, we encourage you to consider these must-have features:
- Twenty-four hour coverage
- Strong connectivity and large range of connection
- Comfortable to wear
- Water resistant
- Long-lasting battery and backup battery
- Clear pricing
- No long-term contracts
You may also want to include a fall detection option, which automatically alerts emergency contacts, control center dispatchers, or 911 if your spouse were to fall down. This is an added safety net feature that protects against related consequences, including broken bones, immobility, and unconsciousness.
Price is another important area to consider. When choosing a system, make sure to identify monthly costs, equipment and setup fees and whether you can cancel without penalty. Reputable medical alert companies should also provide accurate information about emergency response times, and offer continuous safety coverage in the event of an equipment failure.
Finally, perhaps the best way to choose a medical alert system for your spouse, is to identify his or her specific needs, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, and acquire a system that provides ideal coverage for you and him or her. This will maximize overall safety, reduce unnecessary burdens, and help create familiarity with the system. Select companies not only offer additional coverage for a second person, thus eliminating the need for two sets of equipment, but allow for couples to customize plans to meet their unique needs.
These are just a few considerations when deciding which type of medical alert system best fits the needs of your spouse. Do not wait to ask us your questions or to discuss your planning needs.