Medical Alarm Systems – An Overview

Medical alarm systems are increasingly important in today’s society. Let’s take a look at why this is so and how these systems work.

First of all, for senior citizens or disabled individuals living alone, medical alarm systems are a simple and cost-effect way to help them maintain their independence. Rather than relying on care givers or family members, alarm systems offer a way to be safe should a health emergency or accident occur without compromising individual freedom. So many seniors are living independently yet feel tethered to family and neighbors in case of emergency; or they may feel compelled, for safety reasons, to give up living on their own. With a medical alarm system in place, their mobility and capabilities are enhanced.

Second, medical alarm systems are much less cumbersome and much more affordable than ever before. Smaller in size, state of the art medical alarm systems can take as little installation as connecting one simple piece of equipment to a home telephone line. Service company installation techs can guide you through the simple process via phone if necessary, or with more technologically complex systems, they can come to your residence to take care of the installation for you.

The main unit is usually simply plugged into a land line telephone. In most cases, there are remote emergency buttons which can be pressed to begin two way voice communication with the service provider for the alarm company. Be aware however that some alarm systems don’t include a two way voice communication feature, and instead will alert local emergency personnel that the alarm has been triggered without communicating with the owner first. Yet other alarms simply provide a warning alarm.

Regardless of the type of service you choose, the alert systems all work more or less in the same fashion. The emergency call buttons themselves are provided as pendants, necklaces, bracelets or as slide on attachments to belts. Many alarm systems are provided on a lease system, keeping up-front costs low and over all affordability reasonable. With a lease system, the equipment technology can be easily kept up to date, as well. In addition to the equipment costs, there will be a monthly subscription fee that connects you to emergency care responders. That way, if the emergency button is pressed, you’ll be connected to health care responders immediately for assistance. The fees range usually range from $20-$50 for around-the-clock, seven day a week connectivity.

Medical alarm systems provide a great deal of security and service for a relatively low cost. Along with being a vital step in protection and independence for senior citizens or the disabled, researching your alarm system options and purchasing the system of your choice is simple to do, either on-line or through your local Better Business Bureau, whether you are purchasing for yourself or as a gift for a family member, friend, or neighbor.

There are many good senior alert systems in the market and I would highly recommend AlarmCare. AlarmCare comes with Free Installation and has a 2‑Way Voice communicator unit and a lightweight waterproof personal pendant (help button).