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Medical alert system a help for all ages

To benefit from owning a medical alert system, you do not have to be a senior, live alone or have experienced a fall or medical emergency.  However, if any of those things do apply to you, then a medical alert is even more necessary. Modern medical alert devices are intended to get you help if you fall or experience a medical emergency, but they also serve as a panic alert if you hear an intruder and can even be used to instantly call for help if a fire or another emergency occurs.

How Medical Alert Devices Work

Most alert systems have two parts. There is a base station that plugs into a wall plug for power, but it should also have an internal battery backup. It also either connects to your existing phone line or has the capability of communicating over cellular networks.

The second part of the system is the wearable emergency/panic button. This device is powered by a battery and should be waterproof, so you never have to take it off. Most can be worn as a pendant or converted into a wristwatch-style wearable device. The wearable device has a button you press that activates the base station. It uses radio waves to initiate a call to a monitoring station, which has a monthly fee for service. Two-way voice communication with a live agent is conducted through a speaker and microphone at the base station.

Cellular Versus Landline Medical Alert

There are different options when it comes to what the medical alert system connects with.

Landline telephone service from the phone company is highly reliable. Their systems have battery backups to be able to make a call even if the power is out.

Cable companies and other VOIP phone services have variable reliability when it comes to connecting alarm systems and other monitored devices such as medical alert systems.

Cellular service is very reliable where you have good signal strength, and an added bonus is that the communication line cannot be cut as traditional phone lines can.

Medical Alert System Range of Operation

There is a range of operation of how far the wearable device can be away from the base station for it to reliably work. Some units have less than a 100-foot range. Others are rated to work at several hundred feet. The farther the range, the more it is likely you can be anywhere inside your house or out in your yard and still be protected. If you like to work in your garden or spend time outside on your patio or deck, a longer range medical alert system is better.  If you want your medical alert to work everywhere you go, you need to get a specialty system.

Specialty Medical Alert Devices

An added feature for medical alert devices includes fall detection. The wearable device has additional circuitry to detect a fall, and it will initiate a call automatically when a fall is detected.

If you want a medical alert device to work anywhere, you need to purchase one that has cellular built into the wearable device. It comes in two parts, the wearable device and the charging unit. The wearable device communicates with the monitoring center using cellular networks. You can speak to someone with the press of the button anywhere there is cellular service.

Another added benefit is built-in GPS technology to automatically locate your position in an emergency.

Choose your medical alert system based on your lifestyle and needs. If you are a homebody that spends most of your time in your house or apartment, a standard system is likely suitable. If you like to be out in your yard, get a system with a longer range. If you are in the community on your own a lot, get a system that frees you to go anywhere you please. Make a checklist to look for one that includes the features you need.

If you’re considering a medical alert system, check out: http://www.reviews.com/medical-alert- systems/. There you can find  reviews of 69 systems, with comparisons and  recommendations to help you choose the right medical alert systems for the needs of you or your loved ones. To provide seniors with the most dependable options, there are more than 20 test calls and more than 50 hours of backup battery tests. This comprehensive guide features  product comparisons and tips to help families and seniors choose the right medical alert system to fit individual needs.

—  Reviews.com

Gloria Mazure

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Boomer & Senior Resources is dedicated to empowering area seniors, their caregivers and healthcare professionals to obtain the knowledge and resources needed to provide quality care for an aging relative, friend or patient.

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