Choosing A Medical Alert System
Jul 11, 2019
I've talked previously about the risks of falls from older adults, mortality rates and some ideas to help prevent falling. But what happens if prevention fails and one finds themselves on the ground and unable to move? In a private setting such an occurrence can be tragic with nobody around to help. Noisemakers, telephones, and pull cords may all be useless. Perhaps the only option for help would be an emergency medical device worn around the neck or wrist. Most of us remember the famous Life Alert tagline: 'I've fallen, and I can't get up!'. Throughout recent years technology in this area has improved and now hundreds of companies have entered the industry with their own unique systems. While this is good news for all of us, it does muddy the waters and make it a bit difficult to decide on a system that is right for us. The variables to consider are many- range, durability, accuracy, customer support and cost to name a few. Personally, I have not conducted any recent research of my own in this area nor do I advocate for any particular brand or system, however there is a long list of reviews and top ten lists which can be culled from the internet. One source which I have referred to in the past is ConsumersAdvocate.org which just completed an extensive review of medical alert systems this month (July 2019). I've provided a link to the article and review below and also recommend additional research through other independent consumer advocacy groups.