Deciding When to Use an Emergency Response System for Seniors

Emergency response systems for seniors are widely-known to be easy to use. In an emergency or during an accident, users need only to press the button and ask for help. Alert1 call operators can connect you to the person or service you need and then stay on the line until help arrives. But some seniors may wonder: When should you use your medical alert system? Are there any cut-and-dry rules for when you can or can’t press the button?

We at Alert1 will never discourage our users from using their buttons. When in doubt, ask for help. But some may want to know what constitutes a real, “true” emergency – one that requires our call operators to contact 911. If you’re curious about when to use your emergency response system for seniors, this guide will provide some answers.

Knowing When There’s a True Emergency

When in the midst of an emergency, it can be difficult to know the type of care you need. Asking for emergency services is an important step to getting help. An emergency response system for seniors can help connect you to the right people, but in some cases, you may not know when you need emergency help. The Alert1 operator who responds to your call can help you figure out who to contact. But, if you’re curious and want to prepare, here is a non-extensive list of reasons why you may need emergency help.

·         Heart attack symptoms

·         Stroke symptoms

·         Fires

·         Severe bleeding

·         Car accidents in which you sustain an injury

·         Choking

·         Seizure

·         If you are too ill to speak

·         Home invasion

·         If a tree or power line falls on your home

·         Sudden severe headache

·         Severe pain

·         Severe burn

·         Coughing or vomiting blood

·         An allergic reaction that causes swelling or an inability to breathe

While the emergency response system from Alert1 isn’t always a direct line to emergency services, it can be. If you’re experiencing something that requires a call to 911, don’t hesitate to press your button. But, if you’re not sure if you’re experiencing a true emergency, you and the call operator can decide together on what type of help you need. 

Alert1 Emergency Response System for Seniors

It’s always helpful to know when something is a true emergency. But, even if you’re not sure, Alert1 users should never hesitate to press their emergency buttons.

We never penalize users for using their devices when they’re not experiencing an emergency. In fact, we encourage it. Medical alert devices are designed to address a wide range of experiences seniors might have while aging in place. From mild illnesses and falls to severe accidents, you want a device that is useful in any situation you might encounter. We don’t care whether you’re experiencing a true emergency. Your safety is our priority, and if you need help and support in any situation, you should ask for it. The best emergency response systems for seniors can appreciate the nuance you experience in daily life. This is exactly what you’ll get with Alert1.