Misconceptions About Senior Medical Alert Systems

Many caregivers and seniors consider in-home medical alert systems to be an unnecessary waste of their time and money. But are they really? Taking a critical look at the following common misconceptions about these alert systems can help to break down some of the stereotypes associated with them and show how they might be more useful than you thought.

1. Medical alert systems are just for seniors.

Many people often assume that in-home medical alert systems are only useful for senior citizens, which is not necessarily true. Medical alert systems can be used by anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition, chronic disease, or otherwise runs a risk of needing immediate medical attention. Take, for example, those who live with a developmental disability, or patients undergoing physical therapy as part of a recovery regimen. While it’s true that many medical alert systems are made to be senior-friendly, they really can be used by anyone who finds a purpose for one.

2. Having a cell phone negates the need for a medical alert system.

Just because the person you are looking after has a cell phone does not mean they are automatically protected from emergencies. Many seniors do not always have their cell phones on them (especially if they are at home), so if they were to fall and not be able to get up on their own, there would be no way of calling for help. Point being, cell phones are a great tool for keeping in touch with your loved ones, but not so reliable when it comes to emergency situations at home.

3. “They have never fallen, so we don’t need a medical alert system.”

According to the National Council of Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. They affect one in every four Americans aged 65+ each year, and are the cause of a new emergency room visit every 11 seconds. With this being said, it should be obvious that just because your loved one has not fallen or had any injuries in the past, does not mean they won’t in the future or that you shouldn’t prepare for it. It is important to take proactive steps in setting up a medical alert system before they might need it, so when an emergency does arise, help will be within immediate reach.

4. Medical alert systems are too expensive.

This is the most common issue that people have with medical alert systems, and it is surprisingly far from the reality. The misconception stems from the fact that many companies will charge hidden fees and attempt to coerce you into a contract that locks you in for a certain amount of time, even if you become dissatisfied with the product. However, with some research, you will find that plenty of medical alert systems have low monthly plans and a one-time purchase of equipment.

With TruSense, you do not need to worry about hidden fees or contracts. For $299 and $39/month, you receive the TruSense starter kit, which includes five activity sensors, an Amazon Echo Dot, a smart outlet, and a hub, along with access to our 24/7 monitoring center and the ability to customize alerts sent to your smartphone based on activity within the home. The system’s non-invasive design also works passively in the background of the home, so there is no need for any major lifestyle adjustments. There is no installation fee and no contract, so you are free to cancel at any time. In fact, you can even try the product risk free for 60-days. If you do not like it, just send it back and you will receive a full refund on the purchase price and the monthly service fees for up to 60 days after your install date.

When you cut through the myths and look at the facts, it becomes clear that medical alert systems are more effective, versatile, and available than many people have been lead to believe. But the real value in them lies in the safety net that they provide to you and your loved ones. Like a good insurance policy, a medical alert system is something that you will hopefully never need to use, but that you’ll be glad to have when the situation arises.

So, if you’re still reluctant, remember what a good medical alert system really gives you: peace of mind. And you can’t put a price on that.

 

Sources:
https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/falls-prevention-facts
https://www.alert-1.com/blog/general/12-misconceptions-about-senior-medical-alert-systems/2957
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2014/06/what-to-look-for-in-a-medical-alert-system/index.htm