If we are away from our loved ones, especially our elderly, their safety is always our concern. They are not as strong and careful as they used to which is why it is our duty and responsibility to find any way that can assure us that they are safe and can get help as soon as possible during emergency situations. Sometimes, no matter how careful they are, they still fall or get themselves in danger. This is when a personal alarm service can help.
Personal Alarm System – How Does It Work?
A personal alarm service will normally have a wireless transmitter or a pendant that your loved one can carry with them at all times. So in case of an emergency, once the alarm button is pressed, it will automatically send a signal to a unit that is usually connected to your home phone line. Then a phone call is made to the designated support system. It can be a monitored, non-monitored, or mobile personal alarm service. There are also some personal alarm call systems that rely on a mobile phone network which allows the system to locate the person through GPS and send the information to the support person through a phone call or an SMS.
Three Types Of Personal Alarm System
As mentioned above, a personal alarm system can be monitored, non-monitored, or mobile. These are the three types of personal alarm service that you should take into consideration. Here are some quick facts to help you determine which type is suitable for your loved one.
- Monitored Service. This can provide immediate assistance through a connection to a service that is monitored 24/7. The monitoring center has all the necessary data needed like your personal details for easy access. Once the alarm button is triggered, the service will activate a ‘pre-arranged’ response. This is usually done by calling the support people that are included in your list or directly contacting emergency services. This is the type of system that is perfect for those who do not have a support person close by who can assist during an emergency situation.
- Non-Monitored Service. This option is more suitable for elderly individuals who would wish to alert their family members and friends in case of an emergency, rather than getting help from a monitoring center. This system relies on having people that they can call if they need immediate help. When the alarm button is triggered, the unit will respond by dialing pre-programmed phone numbers. If say, the first number on the list is not answering the phone call, the system will continue to get in touch with the next number, and so on.
- Mobile Personal Alarm System. This option will have different devices that are available which is somewhat similar to the personal alarm system. Most of them are wrist watches that have a mobile phone based emergency calls. It also comes with GPS tracking to easily locate the person. It can also be a simple mobile phone that has an SOS function. Or it can be a personal tracking device that has a dual purpose but has a limited call function.
Now that you know your options, pick the personal alarm service that would be best for your elderly loved one. Accidents are inevitable and in times of emergency, it is best that they have a support system that they can rely on, in case you are not close by.