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Helping Seniors Navigate Tough Situations Before They Become Emergencies

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A medical alert device is often described as a life-saving emergency response system. For people at risk of stroke, heart attack, or falling, it’s easy to recognize the potential benefits of these systems. However, there is also a huge range of situations that may not be life-threatening but are still serious enough to activate a medical alert.

There is no perfect system for knowing when to call for help. Nevertheless, let us show you the ways in which Alert1 can help seniors navigate tough situations before they become life-threatening emergencies.

Scenarios to Consider for Medical Alert Systems

    • Dehydration can cause all kinds of symptoms that are hard to recognize and potentially serious if ignored for too long. If you’re feeling weak, queasy or light-headed, you may not know what’s going on at first. Our Command Center operators will stay on the line as you drink a glass of water and wait to see if the symptoms subside.
    • In many cases, knowing when it’s time to call 911 for chest pain is itself a very tough decision. Having medical alert technology offers a great solution.
    • It’s not always obvious whether a fall has caused a serious injury. It may be wise to contact our Command Center. We’ll monitor the situation as you get up from the fall, or maybe you were able to get up but are still feeling a little out of sorts.
    • Many older adults struggle with anxiety, and how we experience that anxiety may change as we age. Emotional distress can cause a wide range of symptoms that may be impossible to recognize when they first appear. We can help you monitor worrisome feelings and unexplained symptoms until they subside.
    • Some home repairs are more urgent than others. If there’s flooding, if the furnace or A/C fails, if there’s a foul and unexplained odor in the house, you may not be able to wait for the handyman. Let us make sure someone in your network is available to provide temporary shelter.
    • If a refrigerator full of food has spoiled, you may need someone to make an extra delivery or unplanned trip to the grocery store. If you’ve accidentally dropped the last of your medication down a sink or toilet, you may need a prescription filled on short notice.Your medical alert device can assist in getting in contact with your Circle of Care.
    • More than medical problems, Alert1 can be used to notify the authorities if an intruder has entered the home or if there’s a stranger lurking around the house. It could be a simple misunderstanding, but in some cases, hearing the voice of a Command Center operator can deter a would-be burglar.
     
  • Creating a Circle of Care

    Alert1 Circle of Care Receiving Call
    Alert1 can do a lot more than respond to 911 emergencies, and that’s why we strongly encourage you to designate family, neighbors, and friends who can help out in various situations. Our Circle of Care allows you to designate people as Responders or Notifiers. A strong, able-bodied neighbor might be a good choice for a Responder. A family member or close friend may want to know about a potentially serious situation, even if they don’t live close enough to respond, and are designated as Notifiers. Typically, having about three people in your Circle of Care is a good guideline to be reasonably sure someone can respond appropriately. However, with a quick phone call to Alert1, there’s a vast amount of customization we can do with first responders.

    Not sure you have enough contacts in your neighborhood to create a reliable network? All the more reason to have a medical alert system just in case you need it.