Medical Alarm Pendants and Bracelets
What to Know About Contracts and Services
Is a Medical Alarm Right for Me?
Maybe your family has been pushing you towards getting a medical alarm pendant or bracelet, but you still don’t think it’s right for you. Whatever the reasons may be, it’s natural to have doubts, but it pays to be proactive. It’s better to have a medical alarm pendant, and not need it, rather than wish you had one when it is too late. Let’s run through a few questions to see where you’re at.
- Are you living alone in a home that has not been fall-proofed?
- Do you regularly use a cane, a walker, or a wheelchair?
- Have you stumbled, been dizzy, or actually fallen in the recent past?
- Have you been hospitalized recently?
- Do you have any chronic illnesses which have the capability to render you helpless (arthritis, COPD, heart disease, etc.)?
- Are you taking any medications with side effects of drowsiness or dizziness?
- Do you require assistance with bathing, using the restroom, dressing, or preparing meals?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, the key to your continued independence may be a medical alarm.
In general, there are two basic components of a medical alarm system; the base console or base unit, and the personal transmitter device. For the units that do have a base unit, the base unit’s purpose is to house the receiver. In the case of the Linear PERS, the voice amplifier allows the customer to communicate with a 911 operator throughout their home. The main advantage with the Linear PERS is that it is the most economical choice for people with phone lines.
With Prime Medical Alert’s cellular device called the NextAlert, everything is built right into the necklace. It is completely mobile and there are no restrictions in regards to taking the device with you wherever you go. Both the NextAlert and the LifeSentry have voice amplifiers built into the unit for easy access to an operator.
Range of Prime Systems
The Linear PERS has a range of up to 1000 feet and the LifeSentry has a range of approximately 600 feet (two football fields), which allows them complete coverage in the largest of homes. The NextAlert works on its own cellular network and does not have a predefined range. It can be worn inside or outside the house for use during any emergency situation.
All of our units, including the NextAlert, are water resistant which means they work in the shower and bath. The shower and bath areas are prone to many accidents— with already slick surfaces getting water on them, they become even more slippery. It’s very important the devices work in areas that can get wet. This is not limited to the shower or bathroom. The kitchen while washing dishes and/or cooking, the garden, the pool area, and the laundry room are all areas where water is present and falls take place.
Choosing the Right System
As you can guess, many clients ask us which system will best suit their needs. Unfortunately, this question is a little bit more complicated than it sounds and depends on a variety of factors. The first question we ask is how big the house is, is there a home phone line present, and would they like to be able to go anywhere with their device or do they primarily stay in their residence? If the client lives in a condominium or small apartment and stays mostly inside or close to the apartment, our most basic system, the Linear PERS is a great option.
Once You’re A Client:
How We Maintain Equipment and Ongoing Service
With any medical alarm pendant or bracelet, as soon as the client presses their necklace or bracelet, a signal is sent to the central monitoring center and an operator comes on the line. If the client is unable to respond, we disconnect from the medical alarm system and attempt to call their house. With the NextAlert, the operators attempt to communicate with the client directly through the medical alarm pendant and in the event of no response, start processing the location information immediately. If there is no response from the user, it is most likely an emergency.
At this point, we can proceed in a couple different ways (the client lets us know their preference at the time of signup). We can either call emergency contacts and ask them what they would like to do (if we can’t get a hold of emergency contacts we dispatch) or we can dispatch directly (notifying emergency contacts second). All devices can be used to summon ambulance, police, or fire department services. We are able to store as many emergency contacts as you deem necessary along with pertinent medical information. This ensures the quickest action from first responders in the event of an emergency.
All of our medical alarm systems can be installed within minutes. With the Linear PERS or LifeSentry you simply plug a phone and power cord into their respective wall sockets. With the NextAlert all you do is put the medical alarm necklace on. Again, if you do not have a landline phone, let our agents know and we can set you up with a system that doesn’t require one.
Around the Clock Availability
A representative is available at any hour, day or night, if you need help during the medical alarm installation process. If a power outage occurs, our units have a backup battery within the base, which keeps them running for at least 36 hours (the NextAlert lasts many months on a single charge).