Medical Alert Products - The Basics

Medical alert products help save lives.  If you're worried about your parent(s) living alone, or are a caregiver for an elderly individual, you should be aware that these personal alarm systems will allow the owner to summon help immediately in the event of an accident or medical emergency.

IMPORTANT:  Emergency alert products are suited to meet most needs, but are dependent to some extent on the physical and cognitive ability of the senior.

Bracelets and ID Tags

Medical alert products, personal alarm system or home medical alarm products offer a variety of benefits to seniors or the disabled. Their basic function is to alert emergency personnel, friends or family members if a medical emergency occurs. Products are designed as necklaces, bracelets, buttons or pendants.

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Basic medical alert pendants, bracelets or necklaces are often worn by individuals who are allergic to certain drugs, or those who have conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, asthma, and even certain types of dementia.

The most basic type of medical alert products is a bracelet or pendant, which alerts medical personnel to specific medical information in the event of a medical emergency. Today, medical ID bracelets are designed with a contemporary individual in mind, in a variety of bracelets styles that don't look like medical ID tags, but nevertheless offer a vital information regarding the individual wearing it.

Increasingly popular are data tags, which contain a portable USB flash drive contained in a dog tag style pendant complete with emergency contact information, medical records, medications, allergies, and other vital medical information that may be accessed by medical emergency personnel in the event the senior is unable to answer questions regarding their medical history.

Home Medical Alert Products

Home-based alert products or home medical alarms utilize electronic communication mechanisms and sensors to operate. They are directly connected to phone lines and enable immediate communication with health care personnel on the other end of the line.

A number of senior medical alarms system home products provide increased peace of mind for the security of your loved one. Such devices can be linked to cell phones, landlines, pagers, and 911 operators. Two of the most common providers of such services in the U.S. are LifeLink® and Alert One®.

Each personal alarm system offers seniors and their loved ones greater independence in a home environment. The senior wears a button-pendant or wristband, which is directly linked to a monitor connected to a phone that may be activated to contact operators that provide around the clock assistance and links with emergency services.

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If an individual wearing a pendant or wristband experiences a fall or emergency, she can press the button on the pendant to call for help, whether she's near the phone or not. A representative from the emergency response service takes the call, determines the situation and contacts the appropriate emergency service or family member to alert them to the situation.

Such systems are specially beneficial to seniors who are alone more than several hours a day, as well as those who experience balance problems, dizziness or falls. Individuals diagnosed with chronic medical conditions such as COPD, heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, and who may be considered high fall risks may benefit from such medical alert products. Individuals who experience side effects from medications, as well as those utilizing assisted mobility devices like wheelchairs, walkers or canes may also benefit from such products.

Stand alone buttons may also be installed in bedrooms, hallways and the bathroom to offer extra protection and coverage in any home environment. Many models come with voice activated buttons and voice extenders that enable emergency responders to hear and speak with the senior from any area in the home.

Pricing Considerations

Medical alert bracelets are available in a variety of styles, and are very affordable.

Home medical alarm systems range approximately $30.00 a month, billed annually. Personal help buttons worn as pendants or wristbands are typically priced at about $40.00, as are extra room and hallway buttons connected to the central alert alarm system.

When it comes to peace of mind, security and safety, these personal alarm system products offer greater independence for seniors in a variety of scenarios and environments. Consider these for any senior living at home alone, or other disabled individuals requiring aid and support for daily living activities.

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