Archive for October, 2009

My City Offers a Medical Alert System - Should I get it?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Some municipalities have chosen to offer alarms for the folks in their communities, some are even offering medical alert systems for seniors. While some municipalities are offering comparable rates to many medical alarm companies the service varries so check to make sure that you will be the best bang for your buck and the service that you need.

There are some bonuses to choosing a good medical alarm company vs. using the program offered by your municipality. One of the biggest benefits is that with a medical alarm company you do not automatically have paramedics sent to your home because we are able to speak with you and call a neighbor or friend to assist you. When you have your service through your local municipality your call for help goes directly to the 911 dispatch center and they send rescue. For many seniors these calls can become costly and may actually result in them not using the service even when they need it.

 Another major drawback is, like I mentioned, that many seniors stop using their medical alert systems because they don’t want rescue to be sent. Many seniors will lie on the floor for hours, even days, because they can not afford another trip to the emergency room or because they are too embarrased to have rescue come to their house. With a medical alert system from American Medical Alarms you don’t need to worry about that because you can ask us to call a family member, friend or neighbor.

American Medical Alarms provides a low cost medical alert system and is recommended by more seniors and their families across the United States. Our medical alert system allows us not only to send rescue if you need it but also to speak with you and, if it’s not a medical emergency, call your family member, neighbor or friend to assist you. This two way voice communication allows you to decide how you would like us to proceed and communicate your needs to us.

We encourage you to check out a variety of options before choosing a medical alert system. However, if you are looking for a reputable company with a great low monthly rate we highly recommend you checking us out at American Medical Alarms.

Medical Alert vs. Cell Phones or Cordless Phones

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Why should you choose a medical alert system rather than use a cell phone or cordless phone?

No one wants to learn that their parent or loved one was laying on the floor for hours because they could not get to a telephone to call for help. However, this is too often the reality. We hear so many stories everyday about someone who fell and could not get to their telephone to call for help…so nobody knew about it…and nobody came. 

But, the most heart breaking stories are the ones we hear from doctors, nurses and case workers who say, “If they only had a medical alert…it would have saved their life.” Too often people who need a medical alert make the choice not to get one foregoing them for cell phones or cordless phones.

 

What they don’t realize is that neither of these provides adequate protection. There are several reasons that a medical alert is better suited to help you in an emergency. The most important reason being that in many medical emergencies you have very little time to take action to get help. For example, if you have a heart attack you may not be able to grab your phone and dial 9.1.1 in time before losing consciousness. The same goes for a seizure, stroke, fall and many other medical emergencies.

In addition, cell phones have to be charged, are set down and forgotten and may require you to be able to speak in order to receive help because they do not work the same as a landline for 9.1.1 calls. Cordless phones have similar problems because they too rely on being charged and in a power outage cordless phones don’t work at all. 

Another problem with both cell phones and cordless phones, that is often overlooked, is their size and the ability to reach them. In a fall these phones may actually cause more harm as they are typically carried in pockets or attached to waistbands and seniors end up landing on them as they fall. Or, if they are lucky enough not to land on them they are often jarred lose and end up flying through the air and landing somewhere else, away from them so they have to struggle to get to them.

With a medical alert system from American Medical Alarms you can get help with just the push of a button. It only takes a second and no matter what happens next (i.e. you lose consciousness) we will send rescue. This is why it is so important for anyone (not just seniors) to have a medical alert system if they are at risk. 

These systems are not just for seniors who live alone either. Over 60% of the emergency signals we receive were received from individuals who had someone else in the home with them at the time. They are also not just for seniors or individuals who are prone to falling. Everybody remembers the commercial with the lady who said, “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” and while falls are a serious problem there are many other times when a medical alert system can save your life. 

Recently we had a customer who called us to thank us for saving his life. He returned home from an outing and heard the telephone ringing so he rushed inside to answer it. Later that evening he started feeling rather light-headed so he went to lie down. He said he woke up about four in the morning and was parched so he headed down to the kitchen to get a glass of water but he was overcome with dizziness. He pressed his button and when rescue showed up he was unconscious. They rushed him to the ER. The next morning he learned that he had left his car running in the garage and had carbon monoxide poisoning…he nearly died. Our medical alert system saved his life.

Medical alert systems have other benefits as well. Statistically, seniors with medical alert systems remain living independently in their homes for an average of 6 years longer than those without them. Most of them contribute it to the added sense of security they have when they have a medical alert system. Many of their family members have peace of mind knowing they can get help if they need it.

Also, almost all of the medical alert systems on the market today have two way voice communications so not only can we send rescue in an emergency, in non-emergency situations you can request that we call a family member, friend or neighbor instead. They also have back-up batteries so they can work during power outages and can be taken to another home when you go to visit someone for vacation.

A medical alert from American Medical Alarms only costs $24.95/month and it’s worth every penny when you consider that you can get help anytime, day or night, with just the push of a button. You’ll get 24/7 coverage at a fraction of the cost of Lifeline® or Life Alert® and won’t have to pay an activation or set-up fee. In addition, American Medical Alarms has a month to month agreement that you can cancel anytime you’d like. We make it easy and affordable. You can order our medical alert system online at http://www.americanmedicalalarms.com or call us Toll Free at (800) 542-0438. 

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