A fall or a medical emergency is a concern in and of itself as we age. Being alone in such a situation is even more worrisome. Fortunately, today’s technology provides a myriad of options to monitor and respond to medical emergencies. Medical alert systems–also referred to as a personal emergency response system (PERS), a medical emergency response system (MERS) or a fall monitor–can provide increased independence and peace of mind. We believe they are an important part of a total care plan.
So, where do you begin? For starters, AARP suggests you begin with these 5 considerations:
We’ve collected some information on 4 well-known brands of medical alert systems to help you start your search. In addition to using this table to assist your research, you’ll also want to ask the following questions:
|Monthly cost(Based on landline. Up to $15 more for cellular)||$30||$50||$30-$45|
|GPS option? If yes, monthly cost||$5||$20||$10-$30|
|Fall detection? If yes, monthly cost||Yes. $10||Not offered||Yes. $0-$15|
|Activation fee||None||Up to $95||$0 – $15|
|Notes||A lot of add-on options||Medication dispenser and add-on options|
We recently installed a home monitoring system for a client who had mild dementia. The system allowed the daughter to see where mom was by using motion and pressure sensors (no cameras). It also allowed her to set parameters for when to get alerts. For example, if mom left the house between 10pm and 6am, the daughter would get an alert. All alerts were customized for different situations and the daughter was able to give us access to the system as well. This system, along with Silver Lining Home Home Healthcare caregivers being present 3 hours a day, allowed Mom to stay home for months longer than anyone thought possible.
Home monitoring systems, in coordination with other resources and hands on care that Silver Lining Home Home Healthcare provides, are all part of an effective plan to age in place. At Silver Lining Home Home Healthcare Delaware, we can assist in selection and implementation of a system that works best for our clients’ needs. As caregivers, we pride ourselves on the personal, human touch that we give to our clients. But we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge–and promote–the important role technology plays in caregiving.
Aging in place, while happy, is all about resources. What is the custom care you or your loved one needs to stay happy at home?
How to Choose a Medical Alert System – A comparison of systems by Consumer Reports
How to Choose a Medical Alert System – by AARP
10 Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors – by Silver Lining Home Home Healthcare
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