Medical Alert Systems in Nursing Homes and Hospitals

Medical Alert Systems in Nursing Homes and Hospitals

time icon 4 min read update icon Sept. 17, 2019


Many seniors probably wonder why they would need a medical alert system in a safe, monitored environment. After all, doesn’t a nursing home or hospital have watchful nurses and doctors?  Unfortunately, even the best nursing homes and hospitals cannot guarantee 24/7 supervision.


In a nursing home or a hospital, an older adult may be alone and confined to a room most of the day and night. If the senior gets up to go to the bathroom and falls, the nurse’s call button on the wall or the hospital bed may not be within easy reach. The walls of most facilities are incredibly thick to provide privacy, which means that a person's calls for help may go unanswered.

However, wearing a medical alert pendant means that the senior can effortlessly press the button to summon immediate help. Some medical alert pendants even have fall detection features and GPS capabilities, which are ideal if the aging individual should wander out of their room and become lost in a large hospital or venture outdoors.

Medical Alert Systems in Nursing Homes and Hospitals are an Additional Safety Precaution


Many hospitals, independent living facilities, memory care, skilled care, assisted living, life plan communities, and nursing home facilities are incorporating medical alert systems into their patient care protocol. Most healthcare facilities do not see medical alert services as a competition or as an indicator that they are lacking in providing monitoring services. Instead, medical alert services have become a valuable asset that many healthcare facilities are readily embracing.

  • Fall Detection: Medical alert pendants feature fall detection components that automatically summon help any time the device detects that a senior has fallen. Fall detection pendants save lives by reaching help if a senior is knocked unconscious or is too severely wounded to call for assistance.
  • GPS Location: Many seniors in nursing homes have dementia of varying degrees. It is not uncommon for a confused older adult to leave their room and become lost in the open expanses of the healthcare facility, or to even wander outdoors. A GPS location pendant helps first responders quickly locate the confused senior. GPS pendants also let caregivers or family members regularly check the whereabouts of the wearer.
  • Monitoring Staff:  Call buttons are usually located on the hospital bed, on the wall of the room, and in the bathroom. However, if a senior falls or becomes disoriented, they may not know where to find the button to call for staff assistance. A medical alert pendant can be programmed to quickly reach the monitoring staff at the nursing home or hospital. With the medical alert pendant, a senior can always contact the medical team.

Medical alert systems in a nursing home or hospital are just one more step that a senior can take to stay safe. Even if the nursing home or hospital does not readily supply a medical alert pendant, the older person can still opt to purchase their private medical system and pendant to wear for added security. Medical alert systems are highly affordable and there is usually a service to fit any budget. Ultimately, most seniors feel relieved knowing that no matter where they are located, they have access to help 24/7. The peace of mind that medical alert services provide is undeniable.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.