TIPS FOR CHOOSING AN EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM
Most emergency response systems consist of a wearable device or button that includes the ability to call for help at the push of a button. Most emergency response system devices can be programmed to call police, EMS, a relative or a combination of these. Some include the ability to converse with an operator experienced in emergency care, and they usually summon help if there’s no response. Emergency response systems preserve the privacy of the aging individual while providing peace of mind to family.
When selecting an emergency response system, look for the following characteristics:
- Supported cellular operating networks
- Works wherever there is cell coverage
- Built in GPS location capability
- Built in fall detection
- Battery life
These devices are easy to operate and install. Prices for the monitoring service can range from a low of around $85 a year for bare-bones monitoring to a high of $860 or more for more comprehensive monitoring.