Peace of Mind with Emergency Response Systems
Falls can be a tremendous concern for seniors living at home. Harm or damage resulting from a fall is the number one cause of injury for older adults in Canada.
For seniors that live alone, a fall in the home can be a nightmare without any means to call for assistance. A fall can leave your loved one immobilized, with no way to get to the phone for help.
It’s not only falls that bring about the need for immediate assistance. It could also be a chronic health condition that can flare up, or strike with an unexpected episode leaving your loved one debilitated.
Peace of Mind
An excellent way to bring peace of mind to a worrisome situation like this is through the use of an emergency response system.
With the press of a button, the system is activated which sends an alert to the central monitoring station. The person taking the call with have access to pertinent medical information, which will allow them to make an informed decision, dispatching the appropriate help.
An emergency response system is highly recommended for anyone that feels at risk of a medical emergency.
Things to Consider When Selecting an Emergency Response System
There are a variety of emergency response systems that exist for different purposes. Some things you may want to consider in determining which system is best for you are:
• Mobile or home-based emergency response?
• Do you require a monitored system?
• Do you need the fall detection feature included?
Mobile Vs. Home-Based
When emergency response systems were originally devised, they were implemented to work with your home phone. This type of system is still available, but may not be practical anymore for some people. Many people do not have a landline installed in their homes these days.
Some emergency response companies offer a connection to a cellular network as an alternative.
However, since the system is still home-based, you will only be able to use it at home. This type is more appropriate for people that fear the greatest risk is in the home, or those that spend the majority of time at home.
The mobile option is a little more flexible. These systems work in the home as well, but they also work while you are out getting groceries or taking a walk.
Using GPS technology, a mobile emergency response system will be able to pinpoint your location even if you are unable to communicate.
The mobile option is recommended for more active seniors, that are regularly on the move.
Mobile Response Systems
While most emergency response systems are monitored, there are some that are not monitored directly.
A monitored system means that when you press the emergency response button, you will be immediately connected to a live human at the dispatch centre.
Conversely, a non-monitored system will automatically dial a pre-programmed number instead of connecting to dispatch. These systems typically include a list of numbers, if the first one is unreachable.
As you may have guessed, a monitored system will cost more, but it will also provide more comprehensive and reliable service.
Some emergency response systems offer a fall detection feature for an extra monthly fee.
The fall detection feature is designed to automatically detect falls as they occur, requesting immediate assistance with no action required.
This provides an extra layer of security, just in case the fall has rendered the user unconscious.
For knowledgeable and experienced assistance choosing the best emergency response system for you, contact the experts at Retire-At-Home today.
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