You may be interested in getting medical emergency alert devices, but there are many factors that go into determining the right device for you or a loved one. Of course, price is always a consideration, but nowadays, with everything based online, the prices have pretty much all come to a competitive level. This means that even though there may be a few outliers, the majority of prices for a medical emergency alert device should be in the same ballpark.
Once you find a system that is in a comfortable and affordable price range, the next step is comparing quality. This may seem like a daunting, if not impossible task, but with the right questions, it shouldn’t be too difficult. There are certain standards and certifications for medical alert monitoring that you can check for. The first is a UL certified monitoring center. If the facility is not UL certified, you should probably keep on looking. All of our monitoring facilities are not only UL certified, but also are triple redundant. This means once the power goes out at our monitoring facility, the generators kick on, and then the backup generators, and the backup-backup generators.
Next, look at the medical emergency alert device operators. Are they certified? There is a standard certification for US based operators that apply. They should hold a minimum of an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certification. Once you have checked into this, you can ask if all of the operators are based in the United States and if they are accent neutral. Often times, elderly individuals have trouble understanding people with thick accents. It may not seem important on the surface, but during an emergency, communication is extremely important.
Once you have all of these down, you can decide on the functionality. We at Prime Medical Alert, offer a wide array of functionally depending on the system you choose. We have devices that don’t require phone lines, devices that work on the cellular and GPS networks, medical emergency alert devices that detect falls, and a whole lot more.
If you are purchasing an in home device, one more thing to make sure is that the system is water resistant. And by this I mean the necklace and bracelet that the user is wearing. If they have to take the medical emergency alert devices’ bracelet or necklace off while taking a shower, it pretty much defeats the purpose.
Whatever the use is, and most commonly to stay at home independently, we are happy to answer any questions and make sure the system is a fit. All of the systems have lightweight components that the user can wear as a necklace or bracelet. On the necklace or bracelet is an emergency button, and as soon as the user in distress presses the emergency button, they are connected to a live operator. We communicate with the client and make sure they receive the help they need.
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Do Medical Alert’s Require Phone Lines?
When medical alert systems first came out, they all required phone lines. Initially they were hard wired directly into the phone jack to make sure of connectivity. As they became more sophisticated, installation/setup was as easy as plugging in a phone cord into the phone jack. Now, there are systems such as the eResponder that don’t require phone lines and are reasonably priced at under 1.00/day and still backed by Prime Medical Alert’s superior EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) 24/7 monitoring.
There are also systems like the Linear PERS that still use phone lines. Most likely you came to this page looking for a medical alert system that doesn’t use a phone line. Take a look at our medical alert products page to see all the options.
Our most basic medical alert system; includes both a bracelet and necklace attachment.
Linear PERS Product Page
A mobile medical alert; speak directly to an operator through the wearable device.
eResponder Product Page