Types of Medical Alarms
Understanding Medical Alarms
Medical alert devices allow people with medical conditions to live independently while still being able to get the help they need. There are 4 major types of medical alarms. They are Monitored Alert Systems, Unmonitored Alert Systems, Mobile GPS Alert Button Systems, and Caregiver Call Button Systems. The following paragraphs give a brief description of each type of medical alarm and their uses.
Monitored Alert Systems
These medical alert systems consist of an alert button that when pushed connects users to a 24/7 monitoring center. Thus allowing users to speak directly to the dispatcher and get appropriate help. The connection to a 24/7 monitoring center through landlines and the ability to speak directly to dispatchers increases the reliability of these systems. Furthermore, users that are at a high risk of falling or have a serious medical condition benefit from the reliability of monitored systems. For example, this would be an excellent senior medical alert system for a family who has an elderly member that has recently fractured their hip.
Unmonitored Alert Systems
In Unmonitored systems, the medical alert device generally takes the form of a wristband or necklace button. In these systems, when the alert button is pushed the system calls either a designated person such as relative or 911. Thus making it possible that the named responder may not pick up immediately or may not be available in an emergency, but users will always able to access help through 911.These types of systems work well for people who are looking for a cost-effective option. For example, a family with an elderly relative may find this type of elderly alarm useful as a cost-effective option for ensuring the safety of their loved one.
Mobile GPS Alert Button Systems
Mobile GPS Alert Button systems consist of mobile alert devices that allow the user to call for help when they are moving. Most of these medical alert devices are designed to work both inside and outside of the home. Mobile devices are usually worn in the form of a necklace pendant on the user and use GPS technology that allows the monitoring agent to accurately and rapidly determine their location. Furthermore, these systems make excellent elderly medical alarms for active seniors, because they make it possible for seniors to call for help while outside their home. For example, if a user has a stroke while out jogging they can still receive help even if they don't know exactly where they are.
Caregiver Call Button Systems
Call button systems are a type of medical alarms system that allow the user to rapidly alert a nurse, caregiver, or family member of an emergency. These systems only work when the responder lives in the same place as the patient. They include a call button that is carried on the user's body and a pager that is carried by the responder. They are ideal for people with medical conditions that require them to have a dedicated full-time caregiver or for people who live with a family member who can help them during an emergency. For example, these systems would work well for people who have an elderly parent who lives with them.
Choosing a medical alarm system depends heavily on what the system needs to do, so make sure to take the time to reflect on what your primary requirements are for the system.