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What are Medical Alert Systems?
Medical alert systems, also known as personal emergency response systems, offer a fast and easy way for the elderly, people with health issues, and those who live alone, to get help during an emergency, whether it be a medical issue, a fall, a fire, or any event that requires an immediate response. Medical alert systems provide emergency monitoring in and out of home. They are designed to signal an emergency requiring urgent attention and to call emergency medical personnel.
Medical alert systems with GPS offers protection both in and away from your home and up to 72 hours of battery life on a single charge. Unlike other medical alert systems, the GPS Alert System provides the GPS Tracking Portal, which enables a caregiver to check your current location and location history.
Don't wait for your parents to fall or have a health crisis.
A home medical alert device offers the comfort of knowing you can remain in your home feeling safe, secure and comfortable. One in three people over 65 will have a major fall each year, with that number increasing to one in two by the time a senior reaches 80. Seniors with alert systems have fewer hospital admissions and shorter stays, meaning a better quality of life.
Unfortunately, Medicare Part B generally doesn't cover medical alert systems. But Medicare Advantage plans (and others) may provide medical alert (emergency response) systems for primarily health-related issues. It's worth checking into.
However, you should check with your insurance provider to see if they will cover your medical alert system. Some states have programs that will help Medicare beneficiaries, who meet certain criteria, pay for the alert systems. These programs are usually accessed through the local Texas Area Agency on Aging.
Services are provided through an electronic monitoring system that is used by functionally impaired adults who live alone or who are socially isolated in the community.
In an emergency, the client can press a call button to signal for help. The electronic monitoring system helps to ensure that the appropriate person or service agency responds to an alarm call. Financial eligibility is determined by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
The following video "How to talk to your elderly parent about getting a medical alert device" is provided compliments of ConsumerAffairs.com
Choosing the Right Medical Alert System
Industry experts recommend looking for a medical alert system that meets all or most of the following criteria:
How you present the conversation can go a long way as toward making the senior comfortable. Try to let them know about the talk in advance, so they don't feel surprised or caught off guard.
Also, try and avoid an "intervention" setting with multiple people talking at the senior. As long as you present the idea as coming from love, caring and empathy for the senior, there should be no problem, and a new medical alarm system can bring peace of mind to seniors and caregivers alike.
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