Falls among the elderly are a major problem. In fact, one in three adults aged 65 and older will fall in a given year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. Twenty to thirty percent of those who fall experience moderate-to-severe lacerations, broken bones and head trauma, making it difficult to live independently. Falls are also the leading cause of injury-related death among this age group, and death rates continue to rise.
Being alone and having an emergency, such as a fall, is a terrifying thought. Now imagine a loved one who is elderly or has a disability being at home alone, getting seriously hurt and there is no one to help. What would you do?
You may feel helpless just thinking about it, but there’s something you can do to know the minute something goes awry providing you and your loved ones peace of mind. Known as the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), family members can enjoy all the benefits of independent living while having 24/7 monitoring from My Alarm Center. Once activated, the PERS system instantly contacts an emergency response professional who alerts paramedics, police or fire department and all family members on the provided contact list.
The medical alert system can be triggered by smoke, carbon monoxide, a fall or prolonged inactivity, as well as, can be manually activated in the event of a home accident or medical emergency.
How It Works
Worn as a lightweight, battery-powered pendant or wristwatch style transmitter, personal emergency response services provides the user the ability to press one button for rescue help—sending a signal to a console that is monitored by a certified UL listed central station all day, every day. A rescue call will be sent out within seconds to emergency responders and family members. If the user experiences a power outage, the battery back-up will continue to work for several hours.
The water-resistant transmitters can be activated automatically (when it senses a fall, if there is inactivity or smoke or carbon monoxide) or manually and feature an activity timer option that monitors everyday activity during user-designated times.
Users can be in any room in the house and even within 200-400 feet outside the home to call for help.
Also included with the Personal Emergency Response System are smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector transmitters. When smoke or carbon monoxide is detected, each transmitter sounds loudly. Then 20 seconds after the local alarm sounds, the built-in transmitter sends a digitally coded wireless signal to its companion receiver alerting My Alarm Center.
So no matter the danger, your loved one is cared for even if you can’t be there. Now that’s peace of mind worth sharing!
Next month, see how home video surveillance can help you keep track of family and keep everyone safe.