Choosing A Medical Alert
There are many types of alerts on the market. In-home cellular, in-home landline, in-home cellular with fall detection, in-home landline with fall detection, mobile GPS, mobile GPS with fall detection…
On the surface it’s overwhelming, but these can be separated into two basic categories: in-home and mobile.
In-home systems are ideal for individuals who are often inside the home and accompanied while outside of the home. Whether this system is cellular or landline is just a matter of preference or cell/landline availability. Be sure to research a product’s cell network and coverage in your area prior to purchase.
In contrast, mobile systems are ideal for individuals who are often outside of the home unaccompanied. I.E.: Hikers, hunters, explorers. Again, it’s important to be aware of a product’s cell network and general coverage.
Now that we’ve narrowed that down, we can address fall detection.
Fall detection is ideal for individuals prone to falls, who also suffer from memory or cognitive impairments that may prevent them from pushing their help button. I.E.: an individual with dementia.
Aside from this very specific case, it’s important to understand that QMedic does NOT recommend fall detection. Why? The technology is not currently reliable. Despite there being many products on the market that claim to accurately detect falls, they often produce false alarms, burdening their members with surprise EMS visits, or worse, may not alert when a legitimate fall occurs.
Watch for more on fall detection in upcoming weeks!