Studies show that the majority of seniors prefer to age in their own home. So how is the safest way to do that? Medical alert devices. These are the devices that are going to ensure the safety of your loved one whether they are at home or out and about. Some seniors may be reluctant to use a device, check out this blog to help with that conversation. Once your loved one is on board, you will want to ask the right questions before signing up with a company.
Ask these questions when buying a medical alert device.
In home or mobile device?
The right answer to this question will be different for everyone. For those that tend to be home alone but don’t travel alone, an in-home device would be the better option. Some in-home medical alert devices require a landline, so be sure to ask if the one you are interested in needs that. If you are someone who tends to leave the house alone, a mobile medical alert device is perfect for you! Most of these devices operate on a cellular-based system, allowing you to have a connection anywhere.
Is the system monitored?
The point of a medical alert device is so you or a loved one have an instant connection to help in the event of an emergency. Some devices are only able to contact programmed numbers, so you will want to verify that the device you are interested in is monitored by a call center and can send emergency services if needed. Also ask if the call center is monitored 24/7, what languages they speak, and who they will contact if you don’t respond. Monitored devices usually come with a small service fee but this is worth it to know your loved one is safe.
Does it include fall detection?
Fall detection is what notifies the call center automatically if it detects that the user has fallen. Not every medical alert device has this feature. Some have buttons that you physically have to press and some have it as an add on. It may not be a necessary feature for every senior but it is definitely a lifesaving option. If you think you or your loved may need fall detection, ask what devices it is offered on, if it is automatic, and if there is an additional fee.
Is the device waterproof?
This is important to ask if you plan on wearing your device in the shower. Most medical alert devices are water resistant and can be worn in the shower or out in the rain but not submerged in water. If you are want to wear your device in the bath or pool, be sure to ask the company for a device that is completely waterproof.
What is the cost?
This is the most frequently asked question. Although making sure your loved ones are safe if priceless, you’ll want to make sure you choose a company and device that is in your price range. Compare prices between devices and companies to make sure you are getting the best price for the features you want. At BlueStar SeniorTech, devices are only $1 a day to make sure everyone can afford the safety they need.
How do I choose the right device?
Now that you’ve asked all the questions and decided that you or your loved one needs a medical alert device, you will need to decide which one to get. There is a lot to choose from which can make it a little overwhelming. To help, here is a checklist to use.
At BlueStar SeniorTech, we have a knowledgeable team ready to answer any of the questions you may have. From how devices work to choosing the right device, we are here to help. Are you thinking about getting a medical alert device? Visit our website or call a product specialist at (800)-300-1724, option 1 to get the perfect product for you or your loved one.