Medical monitoring first began helping us keep loved ones safe in their homes in the early 1970s, with companies like LifeFone and Philips Lifeline delivering peace of mind to concerned caregivers and family. All it took was a simple speaker phone and remote monitoring center, and these medical monitoring services were up and running. Fast-forward to 2011: These systems have become increasingly advanced and are applying the latest technology to their monitoring services and products, making them more powerful than ever. The systems in our medical alert systems review include many of the following exciting features:

Medication Dispensers: For loved ones who want to remain in their homes for as long as they can without needing healthcare providers to check-in for basic tasks like dispensing medication, the advent of automatic medication dispensers have been a boon to the medical monitoring services industry. These lifesaving devices can be programmed for 28 days, and they dispense the exact dose at whichever time you specify. Medication dispensers help prevent medication errors, which are one of the most easily avoidable medical emergencies you can encounter.

Voice Extenders: Audio and speaker technology have come a long way since the 1970 s, and the latest consoles and monitoring products offered by the companies in our medical monitoring services review include powerful microphones and speakers that ensure your loved ones will be heard even if they re not near the console. Voice extenders include a speaker and microphone and can be wall-mounted anywhere in the home. They typically extend the console range an additional 1,000 feet and act as a mini base unit, allowing users to speak directly with the monitoring center.

GPS Tracking: It was only a matter of time before this powerful technology found it s way into the home medical alert industry. Several of the companies offer GPS phones, which extend the monitoring coverage to anywhere your loved ones go, giving active seniors the ultimate in freedom on the go. Some companies offer a simple phone with only a single help button and no number pad for easy-to-understand operation. Others have made their services compatible with specific cell phones and cell service providers. Either way, the addition of a GPS phone to a monitoring service can make a huge difference in the peace of mind and safety you feel.

Fall Detection: The common worry of What if I can t hit my call button if I fall? is no longer a concern thanks to the development of fall detection technology. Typically built into the wearable pendant, fall detection senses if the wearer falls, and the technology will automatically alert the monitoring center the moment the fall occurs. Fall detection makes sure help gets there as soon as possible and gives users the peace of mind that help is always there, even if you can t call for it yourself.

With the advancements in monitoring technology that continue to emerge, medical alert systems are only bound to get better at providing solutions that help seniors stay in their homes and out of assisted-living facilities. As technology progresses, this money- and independence-saving option is more attractive, and more exciting, than ever before.

More Top Stories