As a Florida senior living alone in your own home are you concerned about how you could reach out to someone in an emergency? Are you familiar with medical alert systems? These systems play a crucial role in providing emergency assistance and saving lives, especially for seniors living alone who may face increased risks of health-related emergencies, including falls. Often these life-saving technologies involve tools such as a wearable pendant, lanyard, bracelet, or phone app and include an emergency call button.
So, what happens when you use the medical alert system and wear the device? The alert device will, when activated during a health crisis, send a signal for immediate medical assistance. Depending on the system, it can:
- Automatically contact 911,
- Connect the user with a live agent from a care control center through a two-way intercom, and
- Respond with a swift and appropriate response.
Are there reasons why you, as a Florida senior, should consider using medical alert systems? And, is there anything more that can be included? The answer to both questions is, yes. To make your medical alert system even more effective we want to share a few essential add-on features to further protect you:
- Consider including voice extenders. Home-based alert systems, which are different from mobile systems, require the wearable alert device to connect to a central plug-in unit that operates like a speaker phone. When the call button is pressed, a medical dispatching agent communicates with the senior through the unit. Voice extenders enhance communication by enabling both the senior and responder to hear each other clearly from anywhere in the senior's home.
- Consider including wall buttons. Wall buttons serve as supplementary alert devices placed strategically in potentially hazardous areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and at the bottom of stairs. Similar to fire alarms, pressing a wall button triggers contact with an emergency dispatcher through the home unit.
- Consider voice-activated wall buttons. An innovative variation of wall-mounted alert buttons, voice-activated wall buttons enable injured seniors to call for help by repeating an emergency password or phrase twice in rapid succession. Additionally, they come equipped with long, vertical pull cords that automatically connect to an emergency monitoring agent when pulled.
- Consider a lockbox. This simple yet invaluable no-tech feature does not necessarily have to be purchased from a medical alert company. The lockbox contains a key to the senior's front door, secured with a combination lock, and is clearly visible to emergency responders. This aids responders in gaining swift access to the senior's home during a health crisis. The lockbox combination, along with detailed health information, can be securely retained and communicated to emergency responders by the medical alert company.
By considering these essential add-ons for medical alert systems, you can significantly enhance your safety and ensure timely access to critical medical assistance when needed. These features provide an additional layer of support, peace of mind, and rapid response during emergencies.
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