Lockbox: Why Do Seniors Need One?
Posted on June 13, 2014
8/31/15 11:30am | The Alert1 Lockbox. You might know them from real estate,
or perhaps they are completely new to you. Alert1 offers lockboxes as an add-on to complement our Alert1 medical alert system. We always
highly recommend our members take advantage of them. Why? In short: lockboxes allow emergency crews to get
you help faster and do it without costing you thousands of dollars in property
You should always keep your doors
locked for security purposes, no matter where you live. But what happens if you
are experiencing a medical emergency and cannot open the door for those coming
to help you? There are many disastrous consequences that can result from help
not being able to reach you. Luckily, a
lockbox is a simple senior solution that allows you to mitigate those
A lockbox is the perfect
complement to your home medical
alert system. The medical alert system allows you to call for help, and the
lockbox allows that help to reach you.
Can seniors use lockboxes?
is a secure way of keeping a spare set of house keys accessible from outside
the home. They are a small container in which you place your keys and shut the
door. The door automatically locks, and you need the combination in order to
open the door again. Lockboxes
are designed to keep away thieves and burglars, and have been shown to help
seniors feel safer in their own homes.
people know lockboxes from their real estate use. Real estate agents hang these
on homes that are for sale so that they can let buyers into the home while
keeping the home secure. Unlike a fake rock, lockboxes keep your keys safe with
a combination lock. Your combination is secure; we will release the combination
only in the event of an
Why do seniors need a lockbox?
If you call for help, emergency
personnel will use any means necessary to enter your home. This includes
breaking windows and breaking down doors. This
adds up to costly maintenance repairs for seniors on fixed budgets. Having
to force their way inside causes time delays in situations where every second
arrest, every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation decreases
chances of survival by 7-10%. CPR is likely to be effective only if commenced
within 6 minutes after blood flow stops. There
is no time to waste. You do not want emergency crews to arrive at your home in
time only to not be able to enter it to help you. (via heart.org)
How does a lockbox save money for seniors?
Broken doors and windows cost
thousands of dollars to replace, and the process is not immediate. Not only
that, but if you need to be taken in an ambulance, a broken-down door will
leave your home open and vulnerable to theft and the elements. Thousands of
dollars in home damage on top of senior healthcare are expenses
that seniors cannot financially support.
These are the last things you
want to worry about when you should be focusing on your health. Luckily, a
lockbox is a simple and effective solution to these problems. A lockbox will
ensure that emergency personnel can enter your home without breaking down the
order your lockbox at the same time you order your medical alert system. When
you purchase your lockbox, we will keep its combination on file at our
certified Command Center.
When there is an emergency, and only in the event of an emergency, we will
share the combination and location of your lockbox with emergency responders.
When the EMT’s arrive, we will tell them where to go and how to open up the
lockbox. They will gain access to your keys and let themselves into your home.
They will not have to waste any time figuring out how to enter your home. They
can attend to you without any additional fuss or damage.
Can emergency responders access the lockbox?
Alert1’s lockboxes can hold up to
five house, car, or padlock keys inside the secure, reinforced storage
compartment. Place your spare house keys in the lockbox and shut the its door.
Our lockboxes are secure, and feature a reinforced body so that you feel safe
using them. They can be hung and locked over your door handle, much like a
bicycle lock, for security and ease of access for emergency responders while
being impossible for anyone else to access.
Once you have placed the lockbox
and have updated our Member Care with information about your lockbox’s
location, you are all set up. As an added bonus, if you are ever locked out,
you have an easy way to access your keys. If you are ever in need of help, our Alert1 Command
Center will make sure that emergency crews know exactly where to go. They
will be able to get to you quickly and easily, with no damage to your front
door or windows.
A lockbox + a medical alert is the perfect combination
A lockbox is easy to set up and
easy to use. They prevent property damage and most importantly, get you help
even faster. There are so many problems that can result from emergency crews
being unable to get into your home. Why would you take the chance?
The Alert1 medical alert system plus a lockbox will
enable you to get help as fast as possible. In the event of an emergency,
simply press your help button to contact our Command Center. They will call
your Circle of Care in whatever order you choose. Want us to call EMS
immediately? We can do that. Want a friend to come check on you first? We can
do that too. If emergency services do need to be called, a lockbox will allow
them to come to your aid as fast as possible. The entire process is quick and
efficient. With a medical alert and a lockbox you will never need to worry
about how you will get help. Let us take care of you, so that you can stay safe
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