Medical Monitoring Systems
Medical monitoring services allow patients and their caregivers more independence in their lives. Companies such as Life Alert provide 24/7 monitoring for a seriously ill person, the elderly or someone with limited mobility in their home.
How the Systems Work
Most systems provide a pendant or wrist band that the patient wears on their body. This is how they always have access to sending an alarm. The small device contains a button that they push, which will then send a signal to a console in the home that, in turn, summons emergency help from the company’s two-way emergency monitoring center.
Each system is professionally installed by a technician and activated. This is useful for caregivers and family members who live far from the patient, but want them to have emergency help when needed.
There are also mobile services that allow the patient to leave home and still be covered by the monitoring center. It has a GPS, so the monitoring service knows where the patient is at all times, and the patient can summon help by pressing any button on their phone.
Medical help is not the only service that is offered by these companies. There are plans that cover smoke, fire and carbon monoxide emissions through detectors that are situated in different places in the home.
How to Call For Help
If a person wearing a medical alert system device falls and is injured and is not near a phone or becomes confused and can’t remember where they are, they can push the button on the device. This gives them a great sense of security. If they have a stroke or heart attack, and are still conscious, they can summon help.
The pendant device is easy to wear because it is on a string the patient wears around his or her neck and can be reached by either hand. If the patient falls and injures one arm, the button can be pushed with the other hand. However, because it’s easy to take on and off, the patient could take it off and put it somewhere and forget where it is. Wrist bands are useful because they are not easy to remove, but they can be difficult to reach if the patient falls and injures the other arm.
Most base consoles have a hands-free intercom. If the alarm is pressed, it will sound for a short time. During this time, the patient has the opportunity to cancel the call. If they don’t cancel within five to 30 seconds, the emergency monitoring center is called. A professionally trained dispatch agent will call the patient and try to find out what the emergency is. If this is not possible, they will immediately send help. All of this happens within a few minutes at most.
Patients or their families or caregivers will give the monitoring center a list of people to call such as paramedics, a family member or a neighbor. If there is any medical information the paramedics need to know about the patient, including allergy information, their medical condition or prescription drugs required, this will be given in advance to the emergency monitoring center and passed on to the paramedics.
Medical alert systems provide comfort and peace of mind to both patients and their caregivers. They can rest assured that they will be helped during any emergency.