Do you find it necessary for someone to stay close by in the event of an age-related or other injury? If so, the purchase of a medical alert system can help you keep some semblance of your independent lifestyle. Buying and using a medical alert system doesn t mean that you are helpless and cannot take care of yourself   quite the contrary. The benefit of having a medical alert system is the extra sense of security, knowing that should you ever need emergency medical assistance, you will have access to it. Understanding how a medical alert system works is the first step in determining if one is right for you.

The Basics of a Medical Alert System

Alert services offer a wide variety of options that give you a lot of choice in terms of cost and ease of use. The systems typically contain three parts.

  1. The base station   Connects to your phone line, if you have a landline. If you rely solely on your cell phone, however, look for the option to purchase a cellular base station. Both systems sync with the wearable alert component. The monitoring center receives alerts through the base station.
  2. The emergency button, bracelet or necklace   The wearable part has a transmitter inside that contacts the base station. These once bulky transmitters are now smaller and more discreet.
  3. The monitoring center   Centers are staffed and operate 24/7. They jump into action when an alert is received. Staff will get medical attention to you immediately.

The combination of these three parts works to ensure you have a system in place in case of emergency.

The Cost of Medical Alert Systems and the Services Offered

With around-the-clock staff, naturally medical alert services have ongoing associated costs. Monthly fees generally range from $25 to $30. Common features include:

  • Coverage for a spouse or partner
  • A dedicated agent
  • GPS tracking
  • Inactivity monitoring

Mobile phone apps are part of some packages as well. Using a smart phone app with your medial alert system offers you more protection, especially while you are away from home. If you need help, you simply open the app on your phone and tap the button to be connected with representatives who provide the help you need.

During your evaluation of all the options, take special consideration of how your choice will fit with your lifestyle. A device and service should not limit you.

Unique Situations Deserve Careful Consideration

Recent studies show when given a choice, a vast majority of the people facing medical alert system needs prefer to remain living in their homes. Assisted-living communities or nursing homes are much further down the list of preferences. Seriously consider the importance of having adequate support in cases of emergency surrounding your particular circumstances. You may consider different plan options depending on factors such as living alone versus having a spouse. You may want to choose a plan that offers cellular tracking using a mobile phone. Also, consider the size of your home. If you live in a smaller home, you may not need a system that tracks thousands of feet.

The most effective plan for you provides critical assurances in cases of emergency while you are on your own.

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