Medical Alert Pendants, Necklaces, or Bracelets: What’s the Best Choice?
According to a report by the Canadian Institute of Health, unintentional falls in Canada are the leading cause of injury. Some 112,000 emergency room visits by seniors in 2017-2018 were due to falls.
Of those, only 8,000 were from slippery ice.
People with a serious medical condition not only have to worry about falls but from complications from medical conditions. That’s why a medical alert pendant or bracelet — paired with a reliable alert system are lifesavers.
But how do you know which accessory or system is best for you?
In this article, we’ll not only discuss the difference between medical alert pendants, necklaces, and bracelets but some features of an effective medical alert system.
Who Benefits From a Medical Alert System?
So often, a family member — a daughter or son — needs to know that their loved one, often a mother or father, is safe and sound. The medical alert system can give families the peace of mind that if a medical emergency arises, the victim will have a quick way to contact help on their person.
You could be at home with your own family and your loved one with a medical alert bracelet many miles away, and you’d still get a notification if they signalled for help.
These devices may not save a life, but they will increase the chance that a life-saving professional is on their way.
Plain and simple, a medical alert system provides great peace of mind.
Who Needs a Medical Alert System?
A medical alert system is usually worn as a pendant or bracelet, and it’s used to call for help if something unforeseen befalls the wearer.
These wearable devices are often coupled with one or more base units.
The pendant or bracelet’s main feature is a pressable button. If the button is pressed, a signal is sent to the base unit, and the station dials a pre-set number. A dispatcher then answers the call and tries to get in touch with the victim through the device or the base station’s speaker.
The dispatcher will then assess the situation. With a clear picture of what’s going on, the dispatcher can request emergency personnel or contact a family member.
People with serious medical conditions should consider a medical alert system. People, especially older people susceptible to sudden falls or balance issues, should consider a medical alert system.
If your medication makes you feel dizzy or unsure of yourself or has adverse side effects, you may want to consider a medical alert system.
Other Reasons for a Medical Alert System
Although many people with a medical alert system have an underlying health issue, there are plenty of reasons to enroll in a medical alert plan.
The fact that you are elderly and living alone is a good reason. You may need to call for help for many reasons: a fire, a break-in, or even a serious weather incident or home crisis.
Also, you may find that your active lifestyle calls out for a medical alert system. With an on-the-go personal alert solution, you can go for long walks, rounds of golf, or head to the mall and have the peace of mind to know you can call for assistance no matter where you are.
When you press the assistance button, you are connected to a bilingual Canadian operator. Since the system works over existing cellular networks, the on-the-go service plan works wherever there is reliable cell service.
And lastly, you give your family and friends peace of mind. They can rest easy that if you should need help, it’s only a button away. If you fall, the medical alert system technology can alert the dispatcher and your loved ones no matter where you are.
Medical Alert Pendant
The medical alert pendant is a small device that hangs around a person’s neck. This device has several features considered more advantageous than a bracelet.
If you need to press the alert button, you’ll have both hands to do so.
However, some people don’t like the feeling of having a pendant on for long periods of time or are worried about the device ending up out of hands reach if they fall and land awkwardly.
The pendant is 100% waterproof, has automatic fall detection, and is cellular-enabled. Another feature of the pendants is that the user can decide on a pre-determined “safe zone.” If the wearer ventures out of that perimeter, the alert is sounded.
This is possible due to the pendant’s GPS tracking functionality.
Medical Alert Necklace
Sometimes the words pendant and necklace are used interchangeably when it comes to medical alert systems, but buyers should beware. There’s a big difference between a medical alert pendant or necklace and an emergency medical necklace.
These necklaces are often similar to dog tags that soldiers wear, stating the condition the wearer might suffer, blood type, name, contact number, or address. However, these often look more like jewelry than a uniform military accessory.
Medical necklaces are worn so that the first response will have some baseline information about the person in case of an emergency.
This is also true of emergency medical bracelets and medical alert bracelets. Medical bracelets convey the same information as an emergency medical pendant but are worn around the wrist.
Medical Alert Bracelet
These bracelets are for people who want a medical alert pendant’s security but don’t like the feeling of items hanging around their neck. The bracelets are also worn by people who want the emergency call button within reach.
Just remember that you could fall with your free arm restricted by the fall. So if that is a concern for you, maybe the pendant is a better choice as long as you can stand it hanging from around your neck.
These are also waterproof and GPS enabled.
What About Your Waist?
How you wear your medical alert pendant or bracelet largely needs to fit with your comfort level. Your comfort and peace of mind (as well as your loved ones!) should come first. A medical alert pendant is also sometimes worn on your waistband with a clip.
Making the Choice
No matter where you wear your medical alert pendant, necklace, or bracelet, you can count on a medical alert service to make sure you and your loved ones are safe at all times.
Are you interested in learning more about medical alert systems or would like to order one now? Place an order now.