Medical Alert Systems
Caring for a loved one who has fallen into poor health can be a delicate situation. On one hand, they will certainly want to remain as independent and care for themselves as best as possible. But you might still feel nervous about leaving them on their own. For example, a serious fall could have major consequences if nobody is there to help. An excellent compromise is to have your loved one use a medical alert system. This way, they can continue to live independently, but if they ever experience a medical emergency, then can request for help immediately.
A medical alert system is simply a device that when activated sends an alert to the alarm panel. Once the panel hears from the medical alert system, an alarm event will occur on the panel. The type of alarm that is most commonly used for this purpose is an auxiliary alarm. This type of alarm sends out an alert to a central monitoring station, and it activates a sounder on the system. However, it will not activate a full siren. This way, the distressed individual will not have to listen to a siren in the background while they wait for help to arrive. Once the central station receives the alert, they will note that the signal was sent from a medical alert system, and they will request that a medical response team be immediately sent out to the area. Please note that the user will need to have a monitoring plan that includes central station coverage to do this.
Many users program medical alert systems without RF supervision. This way, a user can continue to wear the safety device and take it with them if they ever leave the premises. Although the device will not work unless it is within range of the alarm panel, wearing the sensor at all times can be a good habit for many users. By programming the device in this way, the panel won’t display a trouble condition if the sensor is ever taken out of range. But if the user intends to keep the sensor at home all times, then turning on RF supervision is appropriate.
Medical alert systems come in many different forms, and they can be worn in a few different ways. Most commonly, a user will keep their device around their neck or on their wrist for easy access at all times. A user may also take off the device and keep it by their bedside when they go to sleep at night. Many medical alert systems will require that they be activated twice within a very short period of time before they will report to the alarm panel. This is done to prevent false alarms from occurring on the system. Other medical alert systems will feature two buttons, and they will require that both buttons be pressed at the same time. This also prevents false alarms.
Remember, if you need any additional assistance choosing the perfect medical alert system for your loved one, you can contact us online or over the phone. Our support team will be happy to help you find the perfect device for your needs.