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Remote Monitoring for Senior Health


Joe lives alone. He’s 72 years old and a widow. Retired, he spends as much time in the garden as possible. He also enjoys cooking, visiting with neighbors, and seeing his grandchildren when they visit from out of state. He’s in good health for his age, but does have to deal with the pain of arthritis and high blood pressure. All of this is manageable with medications, exercise and a good diet.

But statistically, Joe has a one in four chance of suffering a fall now that he’s over 65 years old. What would be the outcome if he fell while in his home and couldn’t call for help? Or if he had a sudden heart attack? With no one to keep an eye on him, these or other situations could result in a very serious health crisis, even death. That’s where medical alert buttons come in.

In any emergency, Joe would receive immediate medical help by pressing a medical alert button that he wears as a pendant on a necklace or wristband. The device connects wirelessly with a base unit system installed in his home and which is connected to his phone line. This sets up a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week link to emergency help if any crisis should occur.

All Joe needs to do is push the button on his device, and he’s immediately connected to a trained, live operator. He can engage in two-way communication with the operator via microphones and speakers in the base unit, regardless of where he is in the home. He can tell the operator that he’s fallen, having chest pains, incurred a serious burn while cooking or any other emergency.

The operator will then summon EMTs and an ambulance to Joe’s location as needed. It’s already been predetermined where the responders can find a key to get in the house if he is unable to open the door for them. The operator can also contact any neighbors or relatives from the contact list Joe gave them initially.

Systems That Go Wherever You Go!

What if Joe is outside gardening or at the store and falls or has a heart attack? Some systems have much wider ranges, and a portable unit that fits in a pocket functions the same way as the necklace or wristband button. And if he has opted for a system with fall detection, operators will be alerted even if he’s unable to push a button.

Medical alert buttons perform a remarkable service of remote monitoring, a life saver for seniors who want to stay in their homes and remain as active as possible. These systems drastically reduce the need of a caregiver being with them 24/7.

You can review the various systems available here. Some systems only need to cover the range of the home, as some seniors never go outside unattended. Others need a system with a wider range to cover them while shopping, golfing or gardening. There’s a system to fit a variety of personal needs.

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