When a loved one is getting older, suffering from a serious health condition, or simply living alone, we tend to worry about them a fair bit. After all, you never know what might happen.
The same is true if we find ourselves in a similar situation and are worried about our health and wellbeing. Will we be able to call for help should we need it?
Luckily, there is a simple and affordable way to ease our minds and ensure our safety – installing a reliable medical alert system.
In this post, we’ll talk about the most important considerations to take into account when choosing one of these systems. We’ll also show you how it can make your life that bit less stressful.
Assess Your Needs
First of all, you need to determine what it is you need a medical alert system to do. Most are designed to serve as a panic button: you press them and they alert the service’s monitoring center that you need assistance. There are, however, slight differences in the way these systems operate.
Consider what it is you want to be able to do. Do you need a wearable that you can use to get in contact with emergency services at all times? Would you prefer not to have a pendant around your neck and would rather have an alert system installed in your home?
Get Safe offers both. Our entire system is designed to cater to those who don’t want to wear a piece of tech around their neck. This is why we offer units that can be strategically placed around your home.
You can activate them using your voice, by pressing a button, or pulling on a cord, so you will be able to get help whenever you need it. There’s also a wearable included in the package, which can be used for automatic fall detection, if that’s one of your main concerns. You can choose whether you want to wear it or not, though.
Figure out a Budget
You will also need to figure out the budget you have at your disposal for installing a medical alert system. Some can be quite pricey, especially upfront when you usually need to pay for all of the devices.
Our prices start at $79 for the equipment and a subsequent $24.95 a month. This will cover your needs in a one-bedroom apartment. If your house is larger, you will require more units. That will drive up the price of the equipment, but your monthly subscription will remain the same.
When you consider the emotional and physical costs of an accident, the price you pay for a medical alert system no longer seems as important. Much like insurance and healthcare coverage, it’s better to have a system to rely on than to find yourself in over your head.
Take a look at your budget and your needs, and figure out a system you’re comfortable with on all accounts.
Determine the Possible Dangers
You also need to be very aware of the kinds of dangers you’re trying to guard yourself against by installing the medical alert system in your home.
For example, if you or a loved one suffer from a specific health condition, ask your doctor to tell you what the worst and what the most likely scenario is. Are you prone to fainting? Is there a chance you might find yourself unable to get out of bed? Can your condition take a sudden turn for the worse? If this is the case, what will you likely be able to do to get help?
Having this information will help you determine how many units you need and whether you also need to have a wearable on you at all times.
If you are mainly looking for an after-fall safety net, you should carefully consider the placement of our devices around the home. The kitchen and the bathroom are traditionally the places where most accidents occur in the home, so it’s a good idea to have a device within arm’s (or voice’s) reach.
When someone slips in the bath or shower, it can take hours before they are found. This can not only exacerbate their physical injuries; they will also suffer emotional trauma, having spent all of that time wondering if help is about to arrive.
Stairs are another hazard, so having a device placed at their bottom can also provide some much-needed peace of mind. If you have other potentially slippery or dangerous areas in your home, make a note of them as well.
The complementary wearable that comes with all of our packages can also help you ensure safety, even when you are not near one of the built-in devices. It’s lightweight and waterproof, and it won’t interfere with your everyday activities. If you need that extra sense of security, it’s a good idea to wear it at all times.
There are accidents and situations we can’t foresee, though, and we can’t possibly be as adept at preparing for them. However, you can rest assured that with our medical alert system, you will be able to get in touch with an operator in several different ways:
- pressing a button
- pulling on a cord
- using a voice command
We also offer automatic fall detection, in case you need it.
Make Your Choice
Having considered all of these factors, it’s time to make your choice. Granted, you may be at a loss and unsure about your specific needs, which is where we can help.
Get in touch with our customer support, who will be more than happy to provide advice, consultations, and technical help if you need it. Our goal is to help you make the best possible choice for yourself or a loved one, and our experience makes us uniquely qualified for the task.