Professional Responder vs Friends & Family @ SRC

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Do we want a professional responder to answer our medical alert call buttons (for a monthly fee) or do we want them to ring our friends and family (no monthly fee)?

Most highly advertised emergency response systems are tied to a 24-hour central monitoring service staffed by trained operators. These systems require a monthly payment of $30 - $50 for the monitoring service. There is another type of system which is unmonitored - in an emergency, it is preprogrammed to autodial friends or family members, and defaults to '911' if no one answers. The group discusses the alternatives and finds their opinions divided as they work through the pros and cons of either type.

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from the Saratoga Retirement Community circle discussion November 24th, 2015.


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Key words: 
Unmonitored PERS, medical alert systems, medical alarm