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Not All Medical Alert Systems Are Alike

The best medical alert systems address risks with reliable devices that can connect seniors with help, keeping them safely independent. has done a full review of  69 medical alert devices that run on cellular-enabled base stations and that connect you to an independent central monitoring center.  Here are just a few of their findings.

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* Not all devices connect you directly with a monitoring system where employees are trained to assess what help to send. Some operate more like long-distance walkie-talkies that either connect you to your designated emergency contact or alert 911 automatically.

*  Some medical alert systems only offer service in regional areas or outside the U.S.

* Many home-security companies offer devices as add-ons to a larger suite of security offerings. With so many standalone services available, you don’t need to install an entire security system just to get access to one.

* Not all medical alert systems are easy to set up and easy to cancel if they don’t work out.

* Only a few companies allow you to buy their equipment outright. When you order a medical alert device, you are renting the equipment and paying for access to an emergency call center.

*  Not all medical alert call center representatives are medical professionals.

* Coverage where you or your loved one lives may be excellent, spotty, or nonexistent.

If you think your loved ones might be opposed to a medical alert system, let them know that you think it is important because it will make you feel more secure with their safety, not because you feel they are inept or ill.

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