Pairing elder care at home with a medical alert system is one of the best ways to ensure a senior’s safety. If you worry about your parent when they are home alone, a medical alert system offers peace of mind. Shopping for a medical alert service can be challenging. Here are some tips to use when narrowing down your search.
Write Down the Services Your Parent Most Needs
Every medical alert system offers different features. While most all have push button pendants or bracelets to alert emergency services, some offer special features. You may want to invest in a service that has motion sensors to alert the call center to a possible fall. GPS tracking may be invaluable if your parent is in the early stages of dementia. Someone who’s had a stroke may have limited motor function and need a large button that’s easy to push.
What Are the Contract Terms?
Ideally, look for a medical alert company that does not require a contract. If something happens to your parent so that elder care home services are no longer enough, you don’t want to have to continue paying for a service that’s not being used.
Look at the Service Range
Always check the service range. Some elder care medical alert systems offer mobile monitoring, so your senior parent will be covered when taking a walk or running errands. Others have a limit that can be as little as a few hundred feet. If your parent has a large yard and is often outside having a greater range is going to be crucial.
What’s the Battery Life?
Battery life is important, especially in rural areas where the power can go out for days after a storm. Every company is different. Some units may only have a battery life of 24 hours when the power goes out, some may offer more than a day.
Is Warranty Coverage or a Money-Back Guarantee Offered?
Finally, look for warranties or money-back guarantees. If you have a unit installed as part of an elder care plan and it doesn’t work as expected, you’ll want a refund. Don’t pay out if there’s no guarantee the system will work effectively.
Make a medical alert system part of your parent’s elder care plan. You’ll enjoy knowing your parent is safe, even when you or an elder care provider isn’t there.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Scottsdale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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