Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) continue to grow in popularity for elderly individuals. This is because of their ability to connect to emergency response teams on a moment’s notice, 24 hours a day, and their easy to carry nature.
Often coming in the form of a necklace or bracelet, these devices immediately contact medical personnel in the case of emergencies. While these systems are popular for seniors, they are great for anybody who is at risk of suffering from any kind of accident.
At Assisting Hands Park Ridge, we supply life-saving systems to those in need in the Park Ridge and Cook County, IL, area.
Where to Use PERS
Personal Emergency Response Systems are often associated with seniors at risk of falling. While this is a major market segment for these types of devices, it is far from the only one. Others that can benefit from these systems include:
- Individuals that do not need 24/7 care, but would like a security blanket in the case of an emergency
- Adults working in dangerous environments
- Children who have a potentially severe condition (like life-threatening allergies)
The greatest benefit of these medical alert devices is that they provide you or your loved ones with easy access to emergency response teams. This results in greater levels of safety and peace of mind.
How PERS Work
When you activate the medical alert device, emergency medical personnel can arrive within minutes. As an added benefit, these first responders will know a little bit about you before they arrive. This is because most PERS providers require general information about the individual with the device. This helps EMTs reference your past medical history, emergency contact information, and similar records.
The two things that you receive with a PERS are the device components, and a 24-hour call and response service. To make carrying the system as convenient as possible, it is designed to be worn around the wrist or neck.
This wearable section then connects to a receiver that hooks up to a telephone jack. This allows the system to make emergency outbound calls. When a call is made to emergency medical personnel, most devices will enable a speakerphone-style system to make it easy for you to talk with the response center.
Before you purchase a Personal Emergency Response System, we highly encourage you to confirm your specific needs with the provider and understand the system’s capabilities. We have outlined general information here, but details can vary.
You should also ask about the response teams that you will be connected with, as your life very well may be in their hands. You should ensure that they provide quality care, have good response times, and are located close enough to make a difference.