Medical Alert Features

There are numerous features available on medical alert devices these days, and as technology advances and becomes cheaper, the available options are sure to increase. Make sure you know the basics of what you can get and what fits with your budget and lifestyle. Essentially these options are all sensors that are wired in to your monitoring station, and are designed to call for help when set off. Here are some of the more popular alert system options in no particular order:

Fall detection:

Fall detector sensors come in two main forms; pressure mats and accelerometers.  A pressure mat may be located next to your bed, chair or bathroom and it can sense if you have a fall, and then immediately call for help.  An accelerometer is worn on the body and can quickly tell if you’ve fallen by the movement of the device.  Both devices are options offered by a few monitoring companies and are good for those with limited mobility who are prone to falling.

Fire detectors:

This devices is similar to smoke alarms that you already have in your home.  It senses smoke and then quickly calls for help through your monitoring station.  In a fire calling for help as quickly as possible saves lives.  Most monitoring companies offer this option.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection:

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is lethal in high amounts.  Detectors can sense if there is a high concentration of this poisonous gas and alert the authorities.

Medication reminders:

Some medical alert stations can be programmed to announce times to take medication.  This is ideal for seniors who are forgetful and have a larger number of medications to take during the day.  This option is more difficult to find with only several companies offering it.

Alzheimer’s protection services:

This can be set up in any number of ways, but the basic premise is to monitor if the patient is leaving the house or going into areas they shouldn’t without supervision.  The sensors might include fall mats, or motion detectors.

Inactivity monitoring:

This works like a motion detector but if alerts authorities if nothing moves for a certain period of time.

Flood sensors:

These can track if a faucet has been left running and call for help or emit a sound to alert the person in the house.

As you can see there are a lot of options available to you.  Review what you’re needs are and how these add-ons to your medical alert monitoring station fit with your needs.  For example there is no sense in paying for medication reminders if you don’t take any medication!

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