I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up

I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up

Add a Medical Alert to Your Security and Surveillance System in Buckhead, GA

I don’t believe there is anyone that hasn’t seen the early 90’s commercial for Life Alert, the Medical Alert system that acts as a “Panic” button for seniors.  While these systems work great (prolonging and often eliminating the need for a nursing home) technology has come a long way since 1990, allowing our parents and grandparents many more choices than this “As Seen on TV” system.  In fact, medical alert systems have become an entire industry, and the new products range from a new television to a smart home system!  I recently researched and purchased a system for my great-grandparents, and learned more than I ever thought I would about medical alert systems.   I learned so much, in fact, that my company has begun offering these systems to our clients in the Buckhead, Georgia area, improving the quality of life for many.  Not only do they improve the lifestyle of families, but they can also be incorporated into a complete security and surveillance system, keeping every member at home safe.
    
An interesting thing I learned about the system I bought is that my Nanny and Papa (pronounced Paw-paw) HATE wearing those pendants with the red button.  I suppose they feel the pendant is not too far off from collars and leashes that some parents put on their kids at the mall.   If they don’t wear them, the Life Alert system on TV may as well be a boat anchor, because it’s worthless without them.  Luckily, the system I purchased by Visonik offers the pendants, plus extra accessories that are not as embarrassing.  For example, there is a small white plastic belt clip device that detects a fall.  There are other accessories like refrigerator door detectors that alert you if, say, Nanny hasn’t gotten anything to drink by 10 a.m.   Another method is to use motion detectors to do the job.  These can either alert you, or allow you to go online and see if your loved one has been in the same place for too long.   

The next issue is how the system notifies a 3rd party.  For the system I purchased, instead of calling the police or a call center, this system calls my mom, and then my aunt if mom doesn’t answer.  Then, she can talk back and forth with my Nanny or Papa about what is wrong.  If paramedics need to be called, mom can do that.  Best of all, this particular system doesn’t require a monthly monitoring fee (and they can be steep in price) since my mom and aunt are “technically” the monitoring company.  The system offers to call a monitoring center if my mom and aunt do not pick up the phone, but at the moment it only calls them.  

The most important thing I’ve found is not to buy the first “as seen on TV” model you come across.  Instead, choose a medical alert and surveillance system that fits your loved ones’ lifestyle and budget.  Do not bother buying a system with pendants if you know they are not going to like wearing them.  Instead, contact us about choosing a non-invasive system that monitors them without making them feel like they are on a leash.