If you are a senior citizen yourself, or if you are (or feel) responsible for an elderly loved one, you should definitely have a look at getting a medical alert necklace. Such devices are indispensable, providing seniors with independence for much longer than would otherwise have been the case and giving peace of mind to the caregivers who are able to enjoy a lot more flexibility thanks to this useful device which is always within reach and easy to activate. Should anything happen, the wearer simply has to press the emergency button in order to alert the emergency services. Such an emergency button comes in the form of medical jewelry, either as a wristband or a necklace. It is wirelessly connected to a 24/7 monitored central unit that is either hooked up through a phone line or works through cellular technology.
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Advantages of a Medical Alert Necklace
The smooth, pleasing design of the medical alert necklace makes it equally suitable for men and women. It can be worn either over or under the clothing, so that it is hidden from view if the wearer prefers. Because the medical alert necklace is worn around the neck and not on the wrist like an alert bracelet, it can be activated by either hand. If worn around the wrist, on the other hand, the patient might not be able to reach the emergency button in the case of sudden paralysis. By the same token, if the senior citizen is unable to move, stand-alone medical alert buttons and phones are of no use whatsoever.
There are various models available, each with its own advantages. Most of them are waterproof, which means that they can also be worn in the shower. Others also have built in fall detection technology, which activates the emergency button immediately should the wearer fall. Another super feature of certain models is the integrated GPS feature, which enables tracking of the person should he or she “wander off” or collapse away from home. This life-saving device is comfortable to wear and both the pendant and the receiver require very little maintenance.
Tips When Buying an Alarm Necklace
Choosing the right medical alert necklace for yourself or your loved one can be a daunting task due to the large selection available. First decide what features you require. If your loved senior is still active and moves around a lot, both in the home and outside, it is essential that you choose a device that has an appropriate range. In the case of active seniors, fall detection technology is also very important to have. If your loved one likes to spend time in the garden or go out for walks or bike rides, fall detection is absolutely essential. If a loved senior tends to “wander off”, a version with GPS is highly recommended.