Health And Fitness

How Do Medical Alert Systems Work?

monitored-medical-alert-system-lifestationWhether your elderly mother wants to live on her own at home, or your best friend is recovering from surgery, medical alert systems provide security and peace of mind.

These tiny personal emergency medical alert bracelets or pendants are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This means that even when you cannot be with your loved ones, they still have someone they can rely on for help.

Medical alarms are small wireless devices that can be worn as necklaces or bracelets. You can hop over to to view different designs of medial alert systems. Many of these compact alerts are waterproof and never need to be removed. This is imperative for your loved one’s safety. If the device cannot be worn in the shower,your loved one may remove the device and leave it in another room while bathing.

If person slip while getting in or out of the shower,and the medical alarm is not within reach,the alert system is not worth having. Medical alert systems are best used for seniors or those with disabilities or anyone who are at risk of losing their independence.

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Before you consider purchasing a medical alarm system for your loved one,it is important to understand how it will work in case of an emergency. While each medical alert system is a little different,the basic process is the same.

medical alert pendantWhen a subscriber needs help,he or she will press the button on a medical alert pendant, bracelet,or on the base station.This will immediately alert a call center that a subscriber needs help.Most medical alarm systems will use an existing phone line to contact the call center.

Rarely do these systems require installation of additional phone lines or wiring.In most cases, medical alarm systems will take precedence over any other call being made at the time.

This means if a loved one presses his or her alert button while someone else is using the phone,the system will interrupt the call and contact the help center immediately.

When the call center is contacted,a live operator will assess the situation and take action. If the situation is serious enough to warrant emergency medical services,the call center representative will contact emergency responders and direct them to the subscriber’s home. If the problem is less serious,the call center representative will contact a pre-determined list of family members or friends and alert them that assistance is needed.

Two-way radio technology in medical alert systemTwo-way radio technology is essential to medical alert systems. Whether the subscriber uses his or her medical alert pendant or the base station,the subscriber will be able to communicate with the call center representative.

This ensures that emergency response crews reach the home promptly in a real emergency,while reducing the chance of unnecessary visits.

Since all of this communication happens through the phone line,the subscriber will not have any additional expenses when the call center is contacted.

The medical alert base station can be set up anywhere in the home.It provides an extra level of security and flexibility,as the subscriber always has access to help no matter when or where an emergency occurs.

Additional add-on services are often available as well.These services can include medication reminders,meal reminders, and health check reminders and wake up calls.Medical alert systems can even be set up to include daily wellness checks or calls to ensure a loved one is safe.