You’re at home with your spouse, kids, roommate, etc. or at work. During those hours or days, you often worry about how your parents are. They live alone, and they’re getting older. Your dad doesn’t move around as easily as they used to. Your mom’s pretty forgetful.
A medical alert system is one of the ways you can keep them safe. If they need help, they push a button and the intercom system connects them with a professional. That person can notify you and also dispatch help to get to your parents’ home. There are several things to consider when shopping for a medical alert system.
Where Are Your Parents in Need of Service?
If your parents rarely leave the home without someone accompanying them, it’s unlikely they’ll need an alert system that provides mobile coverage. If they do go out on long walks alone, mobile service is ideal. Find out who the mobile carrier is. Most use AT&T. If your parents do not get a strong AT&T signal in their town, mobile coverage may be a problem.
You should also look at the range of service. If they go with a home-based medical alert system but spend time on a back deck or patio, you need to make sure the service range covers their backyard.
How Much Can They Cost?
A medical alert system requires a monthly payment. There may also be activation fees. The systems connect to a phone line, so your parent must have a phone in their house. If they don’t, they’ll need the version that supports cellular service, so a strong connection is necessary. Some services also charge a cancellation fee. Ask about these fees before making a commitment.
What Services Are Important?
There are medical alert systems that have built-in fall sensors. If your parent falls down, the sensor detects the fall and triggers a call for help. If your parent is okay, they can tell whoever answers the call. If they don’t respond, emergency services are quickly dispatched.
If a parent has Alzheimer’s, a system with GPS tracking is important. If your parent does wander off during the night, the GPS monitoring makes it easier to pinpoint a current location.
While medical alert systems are handy in some situations, they can’t do it all. Elder care professionals may be a better option for your family. Caregivers can cook meals, take your parent to an appointment, and help with weekly laundry. Call an elder care agency to find out more about services that help your parent age at home.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN MOORESVILLE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.