12 Misconceptions About Senior Medical Alert Systems
Posted on July 03, 2014
8/20/15 1:06pm | Alert1 has greatly helped the Medical Alert System industry mature.
But it comes as no surprise that there are still misunderstood
terms and aspects of this whole medical alert business.
Team Alert1.com decided to debunk some of the more
popular misconceptions. We’d like to arm readers with facts to replace the
folklore. We also encourage you to explore our FAQ section for more information. We want you to
make a more informed decision when choosing a senior medical
alert system for your loved ones.
1. Medical alerts are expensive, right?
alert systems are comparatively cheaper for seniors. The life saving service
costs less than $1 per day. That’s about equal to a half cup of store coffee.
In terms of fuel efficiency $1 might get you 6 or 7 miles, 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 your call for help.
Alert1 plans for senior medical
alert systems start at $25.95 per month. Which
will protect your mom better?
2. We don’t need medical alerts. Mom’s never fallen.
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 increases as time passes. Even if there is no history of falls, it
is better to plan
ahead and prepare for a fall.
Furthermore, seniors often try to
hide minor events for fear of being perceived as nuisance. Many don’t want to
lose their independence. As a result, some families and caregivers do not
always realize a fall has occurred.
advises caregivers to make senior safety a regular topic of conversation.
While you shouldn’t spring
health tips for seniors on them, you will need to establish an open
We also recommend a fall detection
medical alert, such as the one offered by Alert1. Senior fall detection
technology can be a lifeline as these innovations are proven ways to keep
seniors safe. You never need it until you need it.
3. Medical alert scams are in the news. I saw a warning on television.
is a company seniors can trust. While fraudulent
parties impersonated our service, Alert1 prevailed and the criminal parties
were brought to justice. Our medical alert necklaces have huge benefits to the
smart seniors who use them.
Some people think “Seniors did
just fine before these devices came on the scene, so what’s the big deal?” Even if your aging loved says they’re
doing fine, they might not always admit they need help. Before senior medical
alert systems, keeping track of your senior’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. Medical
alert systems for seniors are also way better than cell phones.
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!
a reason why Alert1 medical alert complaints are few and far between. For more
information on the impact of medical alert services, please view our Alert1 annual
report. Help is just a button press away.
4. ….but mom doesn’t do well with anything technical (and nor do I!).
We live in a time where DVD
players come with scores of buttons for functions you will never need. We at
Alert1 are proud to present you with our 1-button medical alert systems for seniors!
Alert-1 recognizes that the most
effective solutions are often the simplest. Mom
is protected with her medical alert button. When she experiences a medical
crisis, help will instantly be at her side.
The small, discrete base unit
(the unit which sends her call for help when she presses her medical alert
button) is very simple to install. We have a video on our website showing the 2-minute installation
process being performed by a senior. However, if you or your loved one
would like assistance to complete this, just give us a call and we’ll be more
than happy to help out.
Finally, mom doesn’t even need a
computer or internet service to allow the medical alert service to work. The
base unit connects to an existing home phone line. And even if that’s not
possible, it can instead work via a mobile or senior
friendly GPS-enabled device.
Once set up, there’s nothing more
to do other than to wear the pendant and stay safe. Alert1 is
always at your side.
5. But mom doesn't live alone; she doesn’t need a medical alert system.
in the medical alert industry focuses on seniors living alone. But the same
risks are evident for seniors who live with family caregivers. Depending on the
living arrangements, even when seniors live as part of a household they have an
equal risk of falling. The question then becomes who
will come to your rescue if you’ve fallen? The response time for medical
alert systems is immediate.
Also, 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’. For any
time she is alone, she needs the comfort of knowing that help is at hand (well,
actually just one finger is enough!).
medical experts will tell you that a speedy
response time is critical after a fall. You can be alone, even in a crowd
6. ….OK, mom lives alone but she’s never really alone.
You are human. You go to the
store. You fall asleep. You go on walks. Maybe you go to work.
Even if your senior doesn’t live
alone, you need a senior medical
alert system in case things happen.
When our loved ones live alone,
we all do our best to stay in contact and often call them several times a day
to check in. Caregivers and family are also living their own lives. They cannot
always be in constant contact.
So it is
possible that in the event of a fall, our next contact with them 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. Keep your balance steady with a fall
detection medical alert.
7. It’s my role to be mom’s first responder, not an electronic device.
You can still be the first responder. With
Alert1 you’re better informed on when to respond.
misconception here is that the medical alert device lessens the human side of
the emergency response. In fact, it is quite the opposite. An Alert1 system
reduces the response time of family, neighbors, caregivers or emergency
response personnel. The
elderly alert system contacts your emergency responders the instant an event
occurs. It is a tool to increase your ability to respond to an emergency
When an accident happens, we call your responders in sequence. You can choose
to be notified right away when your loved one needs your help. Also, Alert1 can
send text messages to your contacts at the time of the emergency. We call this
set up the Circle
of Care. We help you complete that circle to take care of your loved one
better and faster. Alert1
improves communication among family members
8. …. but my mom won’t wear Medical alert bracelets.
Most seniors wear medical alert
bracelets by putting it into their morning dress routine. Medical
alert buttons stylishly compliment your daily wardrobe.
Alert1, we stepped it up. We have a range of lanyards and medical ID bracelets to suit all occasions
and complement most modes of dress.
Additionally, if one of our
customers does not test their medical alert device regularly, we follow up to
make sure all is well. We can also do check-in calls to make sure mom or dad is
alerts are chic and elegant
9. Senior help buttons only have a small range, don’t they?
It is another misunderstanding
that medical alert system use is restricted to a single room. Alert1’s system
gives mom free range of movement inside the home knowing that wherever she is,
help is on hand with a simple press. The senior medical alert system has
a range of 600 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. Touchdown!
detection medical alert is the best defense against senior falls.
10. There’s no such thing as a mobile medical alert.
This is wrong. Medical
alerts with GPS are a reality, thanks to Alert1. Alert1.com has introduced
Kelsi, the state of the art mobile medical alert system. GPS medical alert
system reviews constantly rank Alert1 near the top of the list.
medical alert will allow mom to traverse the world with a peace of mind
that she can always get help at the push of a button. You can take Alert1 with you wherever you go.
11. On the note of things mobile, why can’t mom just use a cellphone?
are great for keeping in touch. But, you don’t bring your cellphone with you everywhere you go in your house. And this is even
truer for mom. So what happens if mom falls and she can’t get to the cellphone?
Then she’ll be stuck without help until someone decides to come and check up on
We’ve made our medical alert
systems waterproof. Good luck taking your iPhone medical alert into the shower
with you. When it comes down to it, medical
alerts are better than cell phones. If this
happens to your phone can you still call for help? Alert1 doesn’t think so…
12. It’s too confusing to choose a reputable senior alert system.
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 on the safety and comfort of our loved ones, it
is vital to deal with a reputable company. You want a company which provides a
stellar product with stellar service.
At Alert1, we are proud of our A+
Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and
we invite you to read our customer testimonials. We also encourage you to
search Google for consumer reports of life alert systems for seniors. Please
compare medical alert systems online. When you do check on ratings and reviews
of medical alert systems, you’ll see Alert1 at the top of any list.
assured that we will make this a simple and straightforward process. We will
provide you with all the help and knowledge you need to make your decision
without hassle. We’ve built our 27-year reputation on doing just that!
We'll take good care of you and your aging loved ones.
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 our loved
ones from emergencies in their 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
Alert1, your loved one will never walk alone.
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