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By Tamar Homecare | December 1, 2023 | Home Care Resources

Medical Alert Systems: A Lifeline for Your Loved Ones

 For vulnerable ones living on their own, medical alert systems in the UK can be a lifesaver – literally. 

Giving you peace of mind and them the freedom to live independently. Let’s dive right in to the details to help you make an informed choice.

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Types of Alert Systems

  • Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS): PERS units are often provided by the local council and can include portable systems and fall detection sensors.

  • Check-in Service: services who contact the user at regular intervals to ensure their wellbeing.

  • Smart Home Technology: some regular smart home tech can be used to assist or alongside specific medical alerts. For example, automatic lighting and security cameras.

  • Medication Management Alerts: automated reminders can prompt seniors to take medication and may alert caregivers if a dose is missed.

  • Telehealth Systems: Remote monitoring systems that transmit vital signs to healthcare providers.

Key Features

  • Two-Way Communication: Ensure the system allows for direct communication between the user and an emergency response centre.

  • Fall Detection: An invaluable feature that can detect falls automatically, providing help even if the user can’t manually signal for it.

  • GPS Functionality: Useful for mobile seniors, this feature can alert you if your loved one leaves a predefined safe zone.

  • Battery Life: A system with a long-lasting battery and low-battery alerts should be high on your list.

Payment and Subscriptions

  • Upfront Costs: Are there setup fees? What’s included in the initial package?

  • Monthly Fees: Look for transparency in subscription costs. Are there extra charges for added features?

  • Contract Flexibility: Is there a long-term commitment or can you go month-to-month?

  • Cancellation Policy: Check the terms carefully. Can you cancel without penalties? 

Alert systems can be effective tools on their own, however partnering this with regular care visits can ensure round-the-clock support is provided. 

  • In an emergency, alerts can notify carers in addition to emergency services. This facilitates a quicker, more personalized response.
  • Knowing that their loved ones are under the vigilant care of professional carers, complemented by advanced alert systems, offers families an added layer of reassurance. 
  • Carers can utilise these systems to tailor their care plans, addressing the unique needs of each senior more effectively.
Check out our services here if you’re looking for home care which is affordable and personalised. 

Selecting the appropriate medical alert system can dramatically lessen risks and provide peace of mind for the entire family. For a more detailed breakdown of product types and reviews, check out the Which? review of personal alarms.

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