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Prevent Any Damage through Personal Alarms for Elderly, Who Live Alone

Oct 30th 2015 at 11:29 PM

A personal alarm is a hand-held device, which is electronically operated. It emits a loud sound when pushed. It is either switched on though a button or something that is connected to the main alarm. Its main focus is to attract attention in case of an emergency. The person to be contacted can be your neighbour, a monitoring service, a friend or may be a relative.

Not very long time ago, these services were provided for free by many government organizations. In the recent times, there has been tremendous growth in demand for these alarms, nominal fees is charged as the ambulance or other such things might be needed for help.

When you plan to shop for emergency call button, just remember that they are of two types:

a- Monitored

b- Non-monitored

What is a non-monitored alarm?

This type of alarm is best suited for a person having good connectivity with the people around. It is not very expensive. It is a flexible alarm and can store any number you want. It is very simple to use and has got no installation cost involved. They can be subdivided in to two categories.

1- Whistles

a. They are battery operated

b. Emit very high -pitched shriek when triggered

c. They may have coloured light emission

d. Have a limited range

2- Telephonic system

a. They are also called auto diallers.

b. They are not electronically connected.

c. Dependant on person’s number agreed to respond during an emergency

What are monitored alarms?

Some device is connected with a phone at home that receives the signals. The device could a piece of jewellery on the body of the user. Once the signals are received by the monitoring centre, a call is made to the alarm user to make sure that the activation did not happen by mistake. The centre keeps a track record of the person’s medical history in order to avoid any confusion.

How to select and decide?

The organization who sells these alarms has an in-house medical practitioner to help you decide whether you need a monitored or a non-monitored alarm system. Along with the suggestion the team at office also helps in explaining the features each and every alarm has and how it can be used.

In every locality there is at least one person, who is weak, old and delicate and needs help in this regard. They wish to live alone, though having bad health but want to stay at their places.  There are certain special schemes for such people but they need to fulfil certain basic requirements. The age bracket to avail such services is 75 years and above.

What factors you must remember before opening your wallet and investing on an alarm?

• What is the initial cost involved?

• What will be the ongoing/hidden costs?

• How reliable is the alarm

• What is the feedback given by other users of the alarm

There is no point in digging a well when the house is already on fire, prevention is better than cure. Be pro-active than being reactive.

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