Medical Alarm Contents
A medical alarm is an alarm system designed to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to summon emergency medical personnel. Other terms for a medical alarm are Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) or medical alert.
Typical systems have a wireless pendant or transmitter that can be activated in an emergency. When the medical alarm is activated, the signal is transmitted to an alarm monitoring company’s central station, other emergency agency or other programmed phone numbers. Medical personnel are then dispatched to the site where the alarm was activated.
Elderly people and disabled people who live alone commonly use/require medical alarms. Monitored medical alert systems connect you to a live person when you push your alert button. Trained employees can talk to you through a two-way intercom, assess the situation, and call for or send the appropriate help. You have to be in range of the base in your home for two-way communication to be available. Depending on your need, a neighbor or loved one may be contacted and show up to help you, or an ambulance, fire truck, or police officer will be dispatched. Anyone who wants to feel more comfortable in their home is a candidate for a medical alert system. If you live alone, and want to continue to do so, it’s definitely something worth considering. A medical alert system can give you peace of mind. It won’t prevent you from falling, but it can certainly allow you to get help quickly in a desperate moment of need.
Getting older can also mean more medication to take. Some of the side effects of many common medicines can cause dizziness, drowsiness or other impairments that trigger balance issues and lead to falls. So, for instance, if your high blood pressure medication causes you to get dizzy when you stand up, in addition to your general carefulness, a medical alert system may add an extra safety net for you.