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Embracing Freedom in Retirement with Reliable Medical Alert Systems

As we age, the desire to live independently in the comfort of our own homes doesn’t wane, but the risks associated with living alone increase. This is where medical alert systems come into play. Medical alert systems offer seniors and their families peace of mind as help is always within reach at the push of a button. 

And with added functionalities—including activity and GPS tracking—loved ones can monitor wellness without being intrusive. Find out why medical alert systems are such a popular solution for seniors throughout Delaware. 

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How Medical Alert Systems Work 

Medical alert devices provide immediate assistance to the user in an emergency. Here’s how they typically work:

Activation: The user activates the alert system by pressing a button on a wearable device, such as a pendant or wristband, or by using a voice command. Some devices also feature automatic fall detection, which triggers an alert without manual activation.

Communication: Once activated, the device establishes a direct communication line with a monitoring center staffed with trained professionals available 24/7 to respond to alerts.

Assessment: The monitoring center operator communicates with the user through the system’s built-in speaker and microphone to assess the situation. If the user cannot respond, or if it’s clear that immediate help is needed, the operator proceeds to the next step.

Response: Based on the assessment, the operator dispatches the appropriate emergency services to the user’s location and notifies the user’s designated emergency contacts, such as family members or neighbors, of the situation.

Follow-up: As help heads over, the monitoring center remains in communication with the user to provide reassurance and support until help arrives. They may also follow up after the incident to ensure the user’s well-being and address any further needs.

Essential Features of a Medical Alert System 

Our medical alert systems include a suite of essential features designed to meet the varied needs of our clients. GPS tracking is one of the most useful for individuals who enjoy an active lifestyle outside their homes or for those with cognitive impairment. This feature allows emergency responders to locate the user accurately and quickly in an emergency, regardless of whether the user can communicate their location verbally. 

Two-way communication is also built into the device to enable the user to speak with a monitoring center operator as soon as the alert is activated. The immediate verbal communication reassures the user that help is on the way and allows them to directly convey the nature of their emergency to get appropriate assistance. 

Water resistance is equally important, considering that many falls among seniors occur in the bathroom. A medical alert device must withstand exposure to water, allowing users to wear it in the shower or bath without worry. 

Going Beyond the Essentials 

Medical alerts play a vital role in independent living beyond emergencies. Real-time monitoring, for example, includes regular check-ins, activity monitoring, and the ability to communicate with family members quickly. 

We recommend that all medical alert systems include fall detection, as it is one of the most common risks seniors face. This technology automatically detects a fall and initiates a call for help, even if the individual cannot press the button themselves. 

Finally, companies like Alarm.com link medical alert systems to home automation technology to enhance user safety and convenience. This integration gets all the home devices working together to aid independent living. For example, automatic door locks can be linked to the medical alert system, allowing doors to automatically unlock in an emergency, facilitating quick access for emergency responders. 

Ready to embrace independence and greater peace of mind? Let’s find the perfect medical alert system for you. Call us or fill out our contact form today for personalized assistance.