Medical Alert Sensors
Medical alert sensors are becoming increasingly popular for use with alarm systems. These devices come in a wide variety of designs, ranging from chair or bed sensors, to buttons that are worn on the person at all times. Once a medical alert sensor has been activated, it will send an alert to the security system to trigger an emergency response. The most common response from a system is to activate an auxiliary medical alarm. This will tell the central monitoring station to request emergency medical technicians to the location as soon as possible. If you don't have central station service, you can still receive texts and/or email alerts about an activated medical alert sensor. This can be useful if you are away from and a loved one needs emergency medical assistance. But keep in mind that central station service is the only way to receive automatic emergency medical dispatch in these cases.
There are all sorts of medical alert sensors available. The most conventional type of medical alert sensor is a button that is worn as a bracelet or lanyard. The button should be pressed in the event of a medical emergency. Most medical alert buttons must be pressed and held for multiple seconds, as a way of preventing false alarms. Many medical alert buttons are water resistant, and they can be taken into a bath or a shower. This is very useful, as many slip and fall incidents occur when an individual is bathing. Check the specifications for the medical alert sensor that you or a loved one is using to find out if that is the case. Of course, you must also make sure that the medical alert sensor you want to use is compatible with your security panel. In other words, it must communicate at a wireless frequency that is accepted by your security system.
More recently, some manufacturers like Alarm.com have released other types of medical alert sensors, including chair sensors and bed sensors. These chair and bed sensors are used for monitoring activity, and they can let your system know if your loved one has remained in bed or seated for an extended period of time. Alarm.com even offers their very own wellness platform that provides you with advanced analytics regarding your loved one's activity. This is a great way to monitor your loved one and making sure that they are okay. If you are an Alarm Grid monitored customer with Alarm.com service, then you can ask us to enable the wellness feature on your account. Keep in mind that these sensors can also be set to trigger notifications only at certain hours of the day. That can be very useful if you only want to know if your loved one remains in bed at an unusual hour of the day, as it likely indicates that something is wrong.