According to the CDC, nearly one million adults aged 55 plus have epilepsy. For their caregivers, it’s a serious cause for concern. Knowing a loved one has epilepsy is worrying. You might find yourself wondering what would happen if they had a seizure when no one was there to help.
That’s where a reliable medical alert system comes in. A medical alert button makes it easier for seniors to get help if they need it. With a medical alert device, there’s much less risk of a senior being left alone after a seizure or any other emergency such as a slip or fall. With one of these systems, trained staff are on hand to dispatch help as needed.
Who Needs A Medical Alert?
In short, I think all seniors can benefit from a medical alert system. Medical alerts help active seniors stay active and give less active seniors some added peace of mind. Having a medical alert means help is never far away.
Calling for help on a cell phone isn’t as easy as simply pressing a button, which can waste valuable time (plus, a loved one might not even have a phone with them). Whether at home or out and about, it’s not wise to rely on someone else being present to help. A medical alert is able to summon help for you even if you’re alone.
What Kinds Of Medical Alert Are There?
When people think of a medical alert, they often think of the kind from the famous line — I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up — Life Alert advertisements. These medical alerts feature a wearable button that you press for help, in addition to a base station that acts as a two-way communication device. Those traditional medical alerts are still popular, and helpful today.
However, there are other kinds of medical alert systems available. Many companies now offer mobile or cellular medical alerts. These are either a button paired with a small mobile device that you take with you or an all-in-one wearable device that works as both button and speaker. You can also get medical alert smartwatches with medical alert functionality, and even specific medical alert devices for in the car.
What Should I Look For When Choosing A Medical Alert For A Senior With Epilepsy?
The most important feature in a medical alert system for seniors with epilepsy is fall detection. Fall detection means that even if your loved one can’t press their button for help, the system will still alert the call center. If staff aren’t able to get a response, they’ll dispatch help right away. This is especially important if a seizure happens.
Voice-activated wall buttons are also a useful add-on. Some systems offer additional wall buttons to place around the home in case a senior falls while not wearing their button. Choose one that’s voice-activated so that even if your loved one can’t press their button for any reason, if they’re conscious they can still call for help.
Also, we recommend looking for:
- Clear pricing so you know exactly what you’ll pay and what you’ll get for that price.
- Comfortable help buttons, so your loved one won’t be compelled to won’t take them off.
- Water-resistant help buttons, so even if a seizure or fall occurs in the shower, your loved one can still call for help.
- Backup batteries, so even if the power fails, your medical alert does not!
- No long-term contracts, allowing you to change companies or return your system if you find that you no longer need it.
Questions To Ask Before Buying A Medical Alert
When deciding on a medical alert, we recommend asking:
- What will I pay each month?
- Is there an equipment or setup fee?
- Can I cancel my contract at any time?
- Will I be penalized for canceling early?
- How long is the battery life?
- Will you replace the system if it breaks?
- What is the typical response time for a call?
- How much do I have to pay to add fall detection?