One of the elements that can make someone feel more secure, especially an aging resident who may be feeling more vulnerable, is a home-monitoring system.
These systems offer a range of services, from standard fire-, smoke- and carbon-monoxide-monitoring to intrusion alerts mounted on doors and windows. All such systems are monitored 24/7.
For residents wanting more security regarding health emergencies such as falls or heart attacks, these systems also provide "alert" buttons. These buttons can be worn as a pendant, clipped on a belt or worn on the wrist. Push the alert button and a signal goes out from a monitor to telemetry centers.
Most alert buttons work outside a house, up to a radius of 300 or more feet.
Calls will then be made, depending on the system, to a neighbor, nearby relative, caregiver or 911.
Monitoring personnel, often trained in medical emergency responses, will call the customer as well in an attempt to confirm the emergency alert and the details.
Many monitors need to be installed by a service technician for a base fee. Some systems can be bought online and installed by the resident. All systems then require a monthly fee for monitoring; most require a contract of a year or more.
Nearly all monitoring systems come with a battery backup in case of loss of electricity, up to 30 or more hours.
In case an emergency response is required, a key can be placed with a neighbor or nearby relative.
Also, a lockbox similar to those used by Realtors can be placed nearby with a key inside and an access code registered with the monitoring system.
Just a few of the major monitoring systems available:
- Link Medical Alert, toll-free 1-888-227-3301, or linkmedicalalert.com
- Protect Your Home, toll free 1-800-580-1342, or protectyourhome.com
- Medic Alert, toll-free 1-877-451-7138, or medicalert.com
- Great Call, toll-free 1-800-650-3977, or greatcall.com
- MobileHelpNow, toll-free 1-800-800-1710, or mobilehelpnow.com
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