Medical alarm (1)

It is a device or a system that alarms the person about the presence of an obstacle, which requires urgent vigilance and medical emergency personnel. A medical alarm is also termed as “Personal emergency response system PERS” or medical alert. Common systems have a transmitter or wireless pendant that gets triggered in emergencies.

 Medical alarms for seniors.

At least one in four seniors experience falls yearly, which is the main cause of life-threatening incidents. Falls are a very serious and prevalent incident for aged people, so they need to get prepared before such an incident happens. For this purpose, medical alarms are a good choice for them.

Personal medical alert systems are specifically designed for seniors to prevent them from life-threatening injuries. The risk of these emergency conditions increases with the age. Usually, these systems have a base station or wearable bracelet or pendant attached with an alarming button and speaker.

Components of the medical alarm system

  • Personal device

It is a wireless transmitter that is worn on a belt, around the neck, or on the wrist. It contains a microphone and speaker.

  • Sensor (s)
    • Movement sensors
    • Fall detection sensors
    • Door close or open sensor
  • Data
  • Some alert systems send GPS locations of the user having an alarming device.
  • Some systems transmit personal information of the user (age, medical history) when the alarm activates.
  • Responders
    • Operators of a monitoring center
    • Family members
    • Friend
    • Local urgent care services

Working of the medical alarm (2)

In an emergency, the user presses the emergency button in the base unit or pendant, which connects to the company’s monitoring center that remains open 24/7. A live operator receives the signals and assists the user according to the situation by informing one of the family members of the user or first responder. In case an operator does not get the response, he sends assistance straight away from the monitoring center. Some systems are tailored for on-the-go or in-home purposes and some are a combination of both. That’s how the user remains safe at home as well as outside the home.

Automatic fall detection

This feature is offered by some renowned companies. According to this feature, the device automatically senses the downward motion and the user won’t have to press the button when he falls. This feature is tailored for those having serious health and mobility issues and are more prone to fall.

Types of medical alert system

  1. Landline alert system

Tailored for in-home purposes. It is an ideal choice for the people who live in an area where cellular coverage is poor. Landline systems ensure reliable and steady connections.

  1. Cellular alert system

Tailored for on-the-go purposes. If a user does not want to connect the alert system to the phone jack, then the cellular system is a good choice. This program runs on cellular connections.

Favorable designs

The market has designed various types of alert systems for those, who need them for on-the-go purposes.

  1. All-in-one wearable system

The user wears it in the form of a necklace. It is an ideal choice for those, who do not want to b equipped with multiple components. Since everything is set in the same unit, it is a bit heavier than other types.

  1. Two-piece system

It consists of two components; a base unit that can be placed in a purse and an alarming button that is worn as a pendant or bracelet. This system is selected by those who want a discrete bracelet or pendant. The user needs to keep both devices along when going outside.

  1. All-in-one smartwatch

It works as an apple watch. It has features of 24/7 monitoring and alarming button. Along with this function, it tracks the location of the user and allows him to receive and send messages.

Top industries of medical alert systems. (3)

  1. Medical guardian

It holds the highest rank as it is providing a smartwatch alert system. This industry holds a solid position when it comes to a customized and high-tech featured alert system

Pros

  • High-tech system
  • Availability of Smartwatch
  • No hidden revenues
  • Extensive in-home coverage
  • No long term contract

Cons

  • No free trial
  • Costly premier system
  • AT&T coverage-based cellular system
  1. Bay alarm medical

Bay alarm comes in the top 10 systems due to its affordable top-tier packages.  It offers a less costly system for use in cars, out of the town, or at home. It provides an ease to the customers to customize packages according to their needs.

Pros

  • Inexpensive system
  • Sleek equipment
  • Price-lock warranty
  • Bundling options
  • Monthly free trial

              Cons

  • Free shipping for premium packages only
  • Additional features are not durable
  1. LifeFone

It is one of the top ten competitors. It provides a wide range of in-home coverage. It also offers additional features such as a caregiver mobile application. It is a good choice for those who have visual or hearing impairment.

Pros

  • Lifetime price guarantee
  • No extra fees
  • Less costly fall detection feature
  • Splendid ongoing deals and promotions
  • Free spouse monitoring

              Cons

  • No language assistance
  1. Philips lifeline

It is the very first company in North America that launched a medical alert system. It offers in-home as well as on-the-go systems with all vital features such as a two-way communicator and waterproof alarming buttons.

Pros

  • Reliable industry
  • Approximately 50 years of experience
  • Straightforward and simple technology
  • Fall detection feature

Cons

  • Higher monthly rate
  • No warranty
  • Narrow in-home range
  1. GreatCall’s Lively Wearable 2

Lively Wearable2 is a lightweight, small, and sleek watch and is less apparent. It is linked with GreatCall’s smartphone app and provides its client access to a variety of features. Users can detach the watch from the main component and can put it as a pendant.

Pros

  • Inexpensive equipment cost
  • Four-month battery power
  • Water-resistant
  • 24/7 monitoring

              Cons

  • Availability of fall detection only with premium detection

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_alarm
  2. https://www.seniorliving.org/medical-alert-systems/
  3. https://www.seniorliving.org/medical-alert-systems/best/