12 Misconceptions About Senior Medical Alert Systems

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Updated 7/11/17 12:00pm | Medical alerts are a life saving device. From home alert systems to fall alert systems, medical alert buttons come in all shapes and sizes. But it comes as no surprise that there are misunderstood aspects of this whole medical alert business.

Team Alert1 decided to debunk some of the more popular misconceptions around medical alarm systems. We’re here to arm readers with facts to replace the folklore. We want to help you make an informed decision when choosing a senior medical alert system for Mom.

1. Medical Alerts Are Expensive, Right?

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Medical alert systems are comparatively cheaper for seniors. Most medical alarm bracelets for seniors cost the same as an internet bill or phone plan.

With Alert1, you can get peace of mind for Mom for less than a dollar a day. That’s about equal to the cost of half a cup of coffee!

In terms of fuel efficiency, one dollar might get you 6 or 7 miles in your car, meaning more of your time at the pump!

In short, it’s a small price to pay for a whole team that is ready around the clock to respond immediately to Mom’s call for help. Bonus: we’ll stay on the line in the event of an emergency until help arrives. 

Which will protect your mom better?



2. We Don’t Need Medical Alerts. Mom’s Never Fallen.

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One in three people 65 or older fall each year. Put in another way, it is highly likely that your family or friends in that age group will fall in the coming year.

On top of that, the likelihood of a fall for elderly seniors increases as time passes.

Many seniors don’t want to lose their independence. As a result, some families and caregivers do not always realize a fall has occurred.

Alert1 advises caregivers to make senior safety a regular topic of conversation. We also recommend our fall detection medical alert to bring extra peace of mind.

You never need it until you need it. 

3. Medical Alert Scams Are in the News. I Saw a Warning on Television.

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Alert1 is a company seniors can trust. While fraudulent parties impersonated our service, Alert1 prevailed and the criminal parties were brought to justice.

Our personal alert devices have huge benefits to the smart seniors who use them

Before senior home alert systems, keeping track of your Mom’s health was a real pain.

First, the large home security firms tried to enter this market and serve this need. But most families don’t need home security systems for seniors. 

Alert1 honors the importance of the senior medical alert system business. We care for seniors, ensuring their safety.

Saving lives might be a joke to other companies, but it is no gimmick to us! Help is just a button press away.

4. Mom Doesn’t Do Well With Anything Technical (And Neither Do I!)

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We live in a time where iPhones, FitBits, and computers come with scores of buttons and apps for functions you will never need.

We at Alert1 are proud to present you with our 1-button medical alert systems for seniors.

Mom doesn’t even need a computer or internet service to allow the medical alert service to work!

Alert-1 recognizes that the most effective solutions are often the simplest. When Mom experiences a medical crisis, help will be on the way with the push of her help button.

We have videos on our website showing how to use our monitoring systems for seniors.

However, if you or your loved one would like assistance to complete set-up, just give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help out.

5. But Mom Doesn't Live Alone; She Doesn’t Need a Medical Alert System.

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The medical alert industry’s main focus is on seniors living alone. But the same risks are evident for seniors who live with family caregivers.

Even when seniors live as part of a household they have an equal risk of falling. The question then becomes who will come to the rescue when Mom’s fallen?  

Caregivers of seniors still need to address the issue of protecting seniors when they are alone or unable to summon help.

Whenever we hear, “Mom is usually with other people”, we tend to worry about the word ‘usually’.

Any time Mom is alone, she needs the comfort of knowing that help is at hand (well, actually just one finger is enough!).

All medical experts will tell you that a speedy response time is critical after a fall.  A help alert system will be there to get her the help she needs. 

6. OK, Mom Lives Alone, But She’s Never Really Alone.

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You are human. You go to the store. You fall asleep. You go on walks. Maybe you go to work.

Even if Mom  doesn’t live alone, you need a senior medical alert system for her in case things happen.

When our Mom live alone, we all do our best to stay in contact and often call several times a day to check in.

But caregivers and family are also living their own lives. They cannot always be in constant contact.

It’s possible that after a fall, our next contact with Mom may not come for some time afterwards.

These gaps in coverage are the highest risk times and the periods which are best accommodated by medical alert systems. They ensure that when Mom is outside of human contact, she can get immediate, professional help for an emergency. Fast.

7. It’s My Role to be Mom’s First Responder, Not An Electronic Device.

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The misconception here is that the medical alert device lessens the human side of the emergency response. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

You can still be the first responder. With Alert1, you’re better informed on when to respond.

The elderly alert system contacts Mom’s emergency responders the instant an event occurs.

When an accident happens, we call your responders in sequence. We call this set up the Circle of Care.

We help you complete that circle to take care of Mom better and faster. Alert1 improves communication among family members.

8. But My Mom Won’t Wear Medical Alert Bracelets.

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Not all medical alert buttons are chic and elegant. At Alert1, we stepped it up a notch.

We have a range of lanyards and medical ID bracelets to suit all occasions and complement most modes of dress.

Most seniors wear medical alert bracelets by putting it into their morning dress routine. 

With Alert1’s medical alarm help buttons, Mom will have plenty of options to stylishly compliment her daily wardrobe.

9. Senior Help Buttons Only Have a Small Range, Don’t They?

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It is another misunderstanding that elderly help button systems are restricted to a single room.

Alert1’s systems gives Mom free range of movement inside the home. Our senior medical alert systems start with a range of 400 feet around the base unit.

For most people, even those who live on large ranches, this is more than enough area to spread out and explore. 

It’s roughly the size of two football fields. Touchdown! Mom will be free to move about her home and yard with no worries. 

10. There’s No Such Thing as a Mobile Medical Alert.

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Wrong! Mobile help alerts with GPS are a reality, thanks to Alert1. Alert1 now has three state of the art mobile medical alerts systems with GPS.  

A mobile medical alert will allow Mom to traverse the world with a peace of mind.

You’ll have peace of mind knowing that help is at her fingertips wherever she goes in the United States. Mom can take Alert1 with her wherever she roams.    



11. On the Note of Things Mobile, Why Can’t Mom Just Use a Cellphone?

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Cellphones are great for keeping in touch. But, you don’t bring your cellphone with you everywhere you go in your house (Cellphone in the shower? No way!)

This is even truer for Mom. So what happens if she falls and can’t get to the phone? She’ll be stuck without help until someone decides to come and check up on her.

Guess what- we’ve made our mobile alert systems showerproof, so they can go everywhere with Mom.

When it comes down to it, medical alerts are better than cell phones. If you dropped your phone in the shower, could you call for help? Alert1 doesn’t think so…

12. It’s too Confusing to Choose a Reputable Senior Alert System.

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There are many medical alert devices available. When you choose a medical alert service provider, there are more than just price concerns.

With such an important decision to make for the safety and comfort of Mom, it is vital to deal with a reputable company.

You want a company that provides a stellar product with stellar service. 

At Alert1, we’re accredited with the BBB and highly rated on Consumer Affairs. We’ve also won the EMSY from Modern Senior Magazine 4 years in a row.

Plus, we did competitor comparisons for you to make your search easier. Rest assured that we’ll make this a simple and straightforward process.


Move Ahead with Confidence

From the above list, you can see that there are many misplaced views on medical alert systems for seniors. These misconceptions get in the way – and delay – the important business of making a decision. We want you to protect Mom from emergencies in her home.

If one or more of these answers is enough to move you forward, then this article has served its purpose. We would welcome the chance to answer any of your questions about what we can offer.

With Alert1, Mom will never walk alone.