How a Medical Alert Empowered My Grandma

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Updated 7/11/17 2:17pm | I never imagined getting a medical alert for my grandma. My grandma is the definition of an independent woman. She does whatever she wants, whenever she wants. 

This year, however, she had a few accidents. They were mild falls, but what if she ends up in the hospital next time? I wanted something for future emergencies, but didn't want to trap her at home. My grandma needed protection without sacrificing her independence.

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The doctor recommended a medical alert for my grandma. With these devices, she can press a button for help in case of an emergency. I wasn't sure what to expect, so I thought I would give it a try. For my grandma's free spirit, I chose the PAX Plus Home and Mobile Detection System. This fall alert was the only product that could keep up with with my grandma's ever-changing lifestyle. These were the three reasons I bought PAX Plus for my grandma.

Safe at Home

Most of her accidents happened within her own home. Scary, right? Her home should be the safest place in the world, yet that’s where she fell. Not only that, my grandma lives alone, half an hour away from the rest of the family.

So how does PAX Plus protect her when she’s home alone?

  • PAX Plus is a convenient home base unit. The PAX Plus unit is small enough to sit on any coffee table, yet loud enough for her hear the operator from anywhere in her home.
  • Grandma doesn’t have to stay in one room. She can wear the small help button around her neck and move freely around the house. Even in the kitchen, the shower, the backyard—the alert system will protect her.
  • Help is just a button press away. Grandma knows she can sleep in peace with a medical alert by her side. No matter what happens, help can get to her fast.

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Exercise in Peace

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My grandma likes to stay active. Every afternoon, she walks the secluded trail behind her neighborhood. However, I worry that she might have an accident when there's no one around to help.

When my grandma exercises, the PAX Plus medical alert system helps her in several ways.

  • She can go around her neighborhood. PAX Plus transforms into a mobile medical alert. She doesn't have to stay home for protection. 
  • Advanced GPS technology ensures she always gets help. Even if she can't press the help button, the PAX Plus will detect her fall and send help to her.
  • The mobile medical alert is light and easy to wear. She can wear it as a help necklace with comfort and ease. Grandma can still walk the same trail everyday with the protection she deserves. 

Travel with Protection

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My grandma is the family adventurer. If she finds a new place to explore, she will book her ticket a minute later. We wouldn't mind if she went on senior group trips, but my grandma loves solo adventures. That means there’s not always someone watching over her.

To keep my grandma independent and safe, PAX Plus lets her travel freely in these key ways.

  • PAX Plus has nationwide coverage. The medical alert service protects my grandma in all 50 states. She can be on the go and know she will be safe and sound.
  • The medical alert lasts all day. The fall detection system lasts 24 hours between charges. My grandma can safely explore.
  • There are unlimited button pushes for help. She can press for help as many times as she wants with no extra charges.

My Thoughts on the Medical Alert

I have to be honest: I thought PAX Plus was a waste of money. What if she never uses it? But my gut told me to keep it around.

I was right to trust my gut.

Five days after getting PAX Plus, my grandma had a terrible accident. She was gardening in her backyard when she had a heart attack. Even when she fell unconscious and could not tell the operator what was wrong, the medical alert signaled for help. The on-the-go unit and the home fall alert pendant have fall detection. Fall detection doesn't detect 100% and she should always press her button in an emergency, but it can call for help automatically if it senses a fall.

I was relieved that help came her way and took her to the hospital. Minutes after her emergency, an operator called me about the fall.

I’m so grateful to have the PAX Plus Home + Fall Detection around for my grandma. I see it as an investment for Grandma’s health. The reassurance is priceless.

What’s best? My grandma can still do whatever she wants, whenever she wants. This time, she has a medical alert to give her peace of mind. 

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