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What is a Medical Alert System?
A medical alert system (also referred to as device) and often as a personal emergency response system (PERS), medical emergency response system (MERS) or fall monitor — can provide increased independence for our loved ones and peace of mind for us as family caregivers.
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.
Don't wait for your parents to fall or have a health crisis to discuss their safety. 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.
Medical alert systems with GPS ensure that you are protected anywhere you visit in the USA. Whether you like to golf, visit the grandkids, head to the beach, or just spend the day shopping, a medical alert with GPS will make sure that help is just a button push away.
Medicare does not cover medical alert systems, neither will most insurance carriers, even with a doctor's written prescription.
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
Now that you know a medical alert system is needed how to choose the right one:
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 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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