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Features of a Quality Medical Alert System

Nov 8th 2015 at 12:36 PM

If you have elderly loved ones, can you say for sure that they will get the help they need during a medical emergency? If they have become unable to communicate, can healthcare workers deliver the best quality of care they can based on their conditions? If not, you might consider a medical alert system.

Not all devices are the same. Based on medical alert systems reviews, here are the most important features to look for when shopping for a good system. 

1. Wearability

There's no point in a medical alert system if the user can't wear it. The most effective systems have wristband or necklace options and can be worn as the user needs. The best way to take full advantage of the protection is to get a device that your loved one enjoys, such as a comfortable and lightweight device.

Of course, there are some potential risks in using the devices themselves. For example, those with skin conditions may have difficulty with irritation while wearing the wrist. In addition to this, those at risk of falling could suffer additional dangers with a cord around the neck.

2. Integrated Push Buttons

Though wearability is one of the most important factors, the next one is to include additional security by adding buttons in the home if the user happens to not wear the device during an emergency.

3. Backup Battery

Power failures are just another part of life, so having a battery backup is a great way to ensure the alert system can always be used.

4. Sufficient Range

If the transmitter signal is too weak to reach the base station throughout the house, inside and outside included, then there's no point to it.

5. Operators Working 24/7

Employees should be trained to work in emergency situations, as opposed to hiring an outsourced contract worker to respond to calls. 

6. Automatic Fall Detection

These days, there are plenty of medical alert systems that include motion sensor technology to detect when the user falls and cannot communicate this. Sometimes, the sensor can fail to work, but the benefits are far greater than a potential downside.

7. GPS Technology

Many users who require a medical alert system aren't just sitting at home all day. With GPS systems, you can ensure they'll get immediate medical help even when they leave the house for errands. 

The final thing to consider is that certain disabilities might require specific features, such as one-hand activation. Though medical alert systems regularly save lives each day, know that they're not all the same. 

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