One unintended consequence of installing a medical alert system in the home is that some seniors may develop a fear of going beyond the safety cordon offered by a base unit. Luckily, many systems nowadays have a wide range that includes much more than just the home.
Researching and investing in a medical alert system is a great idea for a senior that is concerned about their safety. Unfortunately, some older adults might develop some anxiety over leaving the safety cordon afforded by a home-based unit. Being fearful that one might accidentally wander out of range might negatively impact a senior’s sense of independence, freedom and self-worth. A medical alert device should provide just the opposite, however, in the form of health, happiness and peace of mind.
In order to maintain safety as well as a sense of freedom, some seniors may want to invest in additional equipment that extends the range of their in-home units to all levels of their home, to include basements, yards and garages. Ranch-style homes might also benefit from such boosters and extensions as provided by both medical and security alert companies. A portable medical alert unit is also something to consider.
While many security system and medical alert system companies have proprietary pieces of equipment, many operate in a similar fashion. In other words, they simply need a landline, cellular service provider or WiFi network to communicate to a call center representative that a senior may be in distress. Most of these devices have a range of approximately 600 feet but vary greatly when used indoors. Some only operate effectively between 130 and180 feet.
In order to overcome such shortcomings, seniors are advised to first research the dimensions of their home and match those specs with what various security and medical alert companies offer across their range of products. Also, be sure to check into portable devices.
Extending and ensuring safety across an entire estate is no easy matter. There are a lot of considers an older adult must account for when selecting a home-based unit. Some of these considerations include initial investment costs, monthly charges and fees for additional pieces of equipment. Extending coverage is critical, however, if one lives in a ranch-style home or a house with several stories. Basements, garages and yards should also be taken into account so that a senior feel they can reach out for help anywhere and at any time.
In order to make sure an older adult always feels confident and secure, loved ones may want to recommend investing in additional pieces of equipment such as voice extenders, or pair security alert systems with medical alert systems for a far more inclusive range of coverage 24/7.