Many seniors might want to travel during their golden years. A lot of older adults have not only saved for their retirement but also put away just a little bit extra so that they can hit the open road, visit all 50 states or go on an epic cruise. Luckily, a medical alert system no longer means that a senior is confined to a 600-yard diameter around their home, yard or garage.
A medical alert device or GPS-enabled medical alert system could ease travel preparations and increase safety while out exploring the open roads and high seas!
Many devices and systems rely on technology that is not unlike a cellphone, smartphone or GPS transponder. Cellphones and smartphones are also devices that an older adult would more than likely take with them on a trip, and these can be programmed with a helpful app or linked to a medical call center in the event a senior needs more immediate help. Additionally, cellphones and smartphones automatically update based on the older adult’s newest time zone, which means no missed medication alerts or calls from jealous family members wishing they were out traveling as well.
More traditional transponders, such as buttons or pendants, now tend to rely more on GPS versus radio signals. This is precisely how smartwatches continue to monitor daily activities like steps taken per day, heart rate and more.
Advantages of Traveling with a Medical Alert System:
Disadvantages of Traveling with a Medical Alert System:
Medical alert devices are becoming increasingly discreet and do not look, unlike GPS watches. What’s more, many double as an app on most smartphones and use the same cellular provider service and networks to keep older adults, or anyone with a medical concern, in close contact with those who know them best. Many systems come with monthly fees, however, and could be limited in the states and nations which they cover. Still, many devices have a care circle that enables seniors to program the details of family, friends and first responders right into the system, so they can get help in the event of an emergency.