The early days of medical alert systems where there was just one emergency button on a central unit are far behind us. Luckily, because when a senior falls and can’t reach the central unit to press the emergency button, having the system isn’t of much use anyway. Many modern systems now include an alert bracelet with an emergency button. This bracelet is worn on the wrist much like a watch, and is extremely unobtrusive. As long as the user wears their bracelet around the house, there is no danger of them being in a position where they require assistance but cannot make it to the alert button. As well as bracelets, some systems utilize alert necklaces, which operate in exactly the same way, but are worn around the neck.
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Advantages of a Medical Alert Bracelet
Seniors can wear the alert bracelet all the time without being bugged by it. It’s a lightweight device that looks and feels exactly like a watch or a piece of jewelry, hence it’s often also referred to as medical jewelry. As well as being almost unnoticeable when worn, bracelets and necklaces are unisex in design, so can be happily used by both men and women. The first that we'll consider is waterproofing. This is an increasingly common feature, so much so that you can almost expect to find it as standard on most systems that you consider. It's a fact that one of the times that a fall is most likely to occur is when someone is getting in or out of the bath or shower. By using a waterproof bracelet, users can wear it in the bathroom, so they are that much safer when washing and bathing.
Fall Alerts and GPS Tracking
The latest and most secure bracelets now also come with a fall detection feature that automatically triggers an alarm when the wearer falls. Typically, a system of this type will include a sensor in the bracelet that is able to detect when the user has fallen, and raise the alarm automatically. The huge advantage here is that the alarm will still sound even if the user is knocked unconscious by the fall. Finally, we have GPS tracking technology. With a GPS-equipped system, no longer is the monitoring range limited to within a couple of hundred yards of the base unit. Instead, the user is tracked wherever they are, so help is only the push of a button away whether they are in the lounge or walking in the park.
Tips When Buying an Alarm Bracelet
If your interest has been raised, and you're thinking of buying an alarm bracelet system, then it's time to start doing some more research. Our medical alert reviews feature a detailed expert assessment of each quality system that is currently on the market. In addition, make sure that you look through some of the customer reviews as well, as they'll often uncover issues that only become apparent after a long period of use.
Also, make sure that you form an idea of what sort of system you are in the market for before you look at specific systems. If you decide in advance that, for example, GPS functionality is most important for you, you'll be able to use our comparison chart to exclude quite a few systems from your search without even looking at them. Don't forget that all systems will have pros and cons; that top of the range system might do absolutely everything that you need and more, but there's a good chance that there is another product on the market that will do just as good a job for your needs at a far lower cost.