Is a Personal Emergency Response System Right for You?

As we discussed last month, there are important questions you need to ask before you buy a personal emergency response system, or PERS. However, there are other factors to consider before you purchase a PERS system for yourself or a loved one. Here are several key points to think about as you're shopping for a personal emergency response system. 

  • Why do you (or your loved one) need the system? If you're concerned about a medical emergency happening while you're home alone, a PERS may be right for you. The pendants that are included in your system will allow you to call for help immediately if you fall or become ill.
  • Make sure your loved one will be able to activate the system if needed. Unfortunately, patients with certain conditions (such as an advanced form of dementia) may not be able to push the button on the pendant to call for help. Talk with your physician or elder care specialist to see if these systems would work or if other options should be explored.
  • Think about where you spend most of your time. If you or your loved one are frequently out of the house, a medical alert system may not be the best option. Although our PERS can work with either a landline or a cell phone, the pendant must be within 600 feet of the base station. Consider using a cell phone in conjunction with a PERS if you're on the go.

We hope this information will help you make an informed decision about purchasing a medical alert system. If you have further questions, call (803) 327-7233 to speak with a local representative.