What does a Medical Alert System offer that 9-1-1 doesn’t?

Lisa Wurth

February 29, 2012

What services does a Medical Alert System offer me that aren't available through 9-1-1?Some adult children or seniors themselves may have considered getting a Medical Alert System installed in their homes, but a few might decide against it under the assumption that the device is just as good as reaching for the phone and dialing 9-1-1 during an emergency.

Although calling 9-1-1 is a sufficient way to call for help in the instance of an emergency, some might not take into consideration the varied scenarios that may require the call for assistance. Senior falls are a huge concern and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three seniors are predicted to fall annually. Between 20 and 30 percent of these victims will also suffer a moderate to severe injury including hip fractures, head trauma or lacerations. If a loved one experiences such a tumble, it may be hard or even impossible for them to be able to make their way to the nearest phone, and even if they make it, there is no guarantee that they will be able to make the call that could save their lives. Leaving this up to fate is a risk, while investing in a Medical Alert Device gives older adults a surefire method in calling for help, as long as they are wearing either the bracelet or the necklace.

Aside from offering your parents the security they need to age in place with less worry, Medical Alert Systems like those from Bay Alarm Medical are both easy to purchase and install. All a person needs to do is either go to the company’s website, BayAlarmMedical.com, or call the 24/7 helpline to discuss options and payments. Once the product arrives, you’ll need to plug in the base system using a phone jack and an electrical outlet. Finally, make a quick, approximately 10-minute phone call to the company to complete tests, and presto, you’re parents have 24/7, 365 access to emergency help.

Although knowing your relatives are able to call for help in case of a fall or another emergency can be a relief, it might also be helpful for them to try other methods of avoiding these issues altogether. The CDC suggests older adults exercise regularly, specifically increasing leg strength as a means to ward off falls. Elderly people should also have their eyes checked by a doctor at least once a year and keep hallways in their homes clutter-free while also adding lighting and removing dangerous area rugs.

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