Is an Emergency Response Device for me?

Maintain independence with an emergency response device

As we age, simple things become more difficult. Accidents sometimes happen. Whether you fall and can’t get up or suffer a major or minor medical emergency. In an unexpected situation, it may be difficult to know what to do or how to get help. Luckily, an emergency response device makes it easy to alert professionals and get the help that you need when you need it.

Why get an emergency response device?

The old adage is true: It really is always better to be safe than to be sorry. You may think that if something were to happen to you, you would have your phone or someone with you that could get you help. But what if that is not the case? You never know what difficult circumstances you could end up in that make it difficult to get assistance. Emergency response devices ensure that you have a way to notify medical professionals that you need assistance.

How does the device work?

Emergency response devices typically come in a wearable form, like a bracelet, necklace, or clip on, so that you have it with you wherever you are. In the case of an emergency, big or small, you are able to push a button on the device that will connect you to a person capable of talking to you and getting you any assistance that you may need. You can talk to the operator directly through the device, as if it were a phone.

Once you describe your situation to the operator, they will help you decide what steps need to be taken to ensure you get the help you need. This may be simply getting in touch with a friend or family member, but it could also be sending emergency services your way. The device will typically contain GPS services that let the operator know where you are located. Some devices work only in the home, while others also work on the go. Be sure to shop for a device that fits your needs.

Different devices = different benefits

Different devices offer different features that may be helpful to you. Some emergency response devices have technology that can sense if you fall and contacts help without the need to press the button. This is especially useful for a situation where you fall and the button is hard to reach or you lose consciousness and are unable to use the device on your own. Most devices are water-proof, so you are able to wear it in the shower, to the pool, in the rain, etc. Battery life also varies from device to device, so you’ll want to be sure to know how often to charge the device. Most can last at least a day or more without charging, ranging up to a month.

If you are unsure of how to operate your specific emergency response device, make sure to contact the makers of the device so that you know exactly what to do in the case of an emergency. The devices are designed to be easy to use so that it is not difficult to contact help when you need it. Knowing what to expect from your emergency response device will help keep you safe in future unexpected situations.