Features To Look Out For And Things To Consider
There’s a wide variety among no-monthly-fee systems, and not all features are available with all systems, but here’s a look at some things to look out for as you shop around:
Most systems give the user a signalling device (usually comprising a large, easy-to-press button) to keep on their person. When pressed, the button is supposed to initiate the process of calling for help, but this will only happen if the user is within range of the base station. This range varies widely based on the type of system, so keep an eye out for this as you shop, and make sure a narrow range won’t limit your ability to move where you like in your home.
Some signaling devices allow the user to speak with people on the other end of the line directly; some don’t. If you’re worried you might not be able to operate a smartphone (for a mobile help button) or you might not be able to get within hailing distance of a base station (for an automatic dialer system), look out for devices that you can keep on your person and use to communicate directly.
How many people you contact and in what order
With automatic dialing systems and some mobile systems you can choose a set number of people to contact, and you can set the order in which you contact them. As you shop around, keep an eye on how many contacts you can call, and how easy it is to program the call list.
How easy it is to set up the system
Some systems are plug-and-play, and will work right out of the box, while others aren’t as easy to get working. As you shop for systems, look into how comfortable you’re likely to be with setting them up, and make sure that you can get help with setup if you need it.
Not everyone needs a medical alert system, and a no-monthly-fee system might not be the right system for everyone. If you think one is right for you, however, a no-monthly-fee system can save you hundreds of dollars every year and give you some badly-needed peace of mind. As you consider a medical alert system as a means of helping you age in place, be sure to give no-monthly-fee systems a chance. You may find that they’re exactly what you’re looking for.