Medical alert systems are heaven-sent. For the longest time, the welfare of elderly family members has been the problem of numerous households. It's scary to leave them unaccompanied for the day. And with a society no longer treating it as a norm for just a father or mother to work, a home that is only occupied by a senior for the entire day isn't a rarity. Investing in home security is the best recourse if the home isn't occupied at all for the day. But if a senior is staying in it, getting a medical alert system is a must.
But as good as medical alert systems are, not all of them provide the same services and, obviously, not the same prices. It's highly recommended to do some research first. More than simply comparing of their subscription rates but also of the features they provide along with it. Here are some important considerations when looking or a capable and reliable medical alert system.
The cost of a medical alert system is extremely important. It's not a one-off purchase, after all. Contracts can last for a year or more. Needless to say that regretting it for the first couple of months is bad news. It's worth noting that top medical alert providers don't necessarily charge more. So price itself is not a good baseline when choosing the right subscription for a particular provider. Contrast the price with their quality of service and make the necessary comparisons.
The features of a medical alert system are typically considered as value-added service. The core of a medical alert system's function is to provide the means to call for emergency responders when the need arises. But let's face it. Some features are indispensable. A device's GPS capability, for one, is something that should really be a part of any medical alert system. It's so valuable of a feature that taking it away is like removing the capability of computers to connect to the Internet.
3. Cellular signal strength.
Even today, phone lines that provide medical alert services boast their advantage of having consistent and reliable signal. Sure, but seniors don't want to be figuratively tethered to the phone line, just so they can avail of medical emergency services should the need arise. Mobile medical alert systems don't need to justify itself in comparison to phone lines because mobility in itself is an extremely convenient feature. Not to mention the accessibility features that comes with it via mobile phone applications. However, it's still glaring disadvantage is the fact that over-the-air communications is still less consistent. Obviously, finding the provider that is known for its signal strength and response time is a must.
With a well-planned home safety system and a reliable medical alert system, family members can feel safer for their elderly members. Having a good understanding of what these devices are capable of goes a long way when it comes to having a good feel of the value according to its price tag.