Choosing the Right Emergency Call Device

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from: Longevity Explorers | Saratoga Retirement Community

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The Explorer circle examines and discusses a variety of emergency call devices with the purpose of selecting the ones that best meet their individual needs. As can be expected, no one device suited everyone, but portability ranked high on the list of 'must haves'.

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from the Saratoga Retirement Community circle discussion October 27th, 2015.

 

 

After the circle meeting, Dr. John Watson Williams followed up with this very thought provoking list, which he considers the questions to consider in deciding if you need a medical alert.

Questions to ask yourself if you are considering a Medi-Alert System

  1. Do you live alone or spend much time alone?
  2. Do you wish to be resuscitated if you have a SLOC (sudden loss of consciousness)?
  3. Do you believe that the sooner you get a defibrillator shock after a SLOC the better your cance of recovery?
  4. Do your family members want you to live a good life for as long as possible?
  5. Can you easily afford prolonged hospitalization?
  6. Do you travel a lot? Nearby during day, or long-distance for several days?
  7. Do you currently have a diagnosis that implies survival of less than a year?

John goes on to say: "If you answer yes to 3 of the first four questions you should consider having a fall detection system.
If you answered No to 5, or yes to either 6 or 7 don’t waste time and money with a fall-alert device.
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In a followup discussion we agreed that there may be other medical situations in addition to sudden loss of consciousness (eg stroke) that would also be important to consider.

 

 

 

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Key words: 
PERS, emergency response systems