Does Your Loved One Need A Medical Alert Device?

Do you have an elderly or disabled person in your life that lives lone? Have they ever considered getting any type of medical alert system in case they need it? If not, it might be time to discuss it with them. I can tell you first hand the dangers of not having a medical alert system.

My then 75 year old mother-in-law has lived alone for the past 30 years. She had a stroke 13 years ago and laid in the floor of her house for 3 days before anyone found her. She woke in the middle of the night and as she was getting out of bed to go to the restroom, she had the stroke. It was the middle of winter and it was cold. Her little dog, Chigger, would not come anywhere near her even though she called to him to come lay with her. Fortunately after not hearing from her that day my brother-in-law decided to check on her. He got the the door and heard her hollering for help. By the time she arrived in the emergency room, she was on the verge of hypothermia. She was so cold. It took quite a while to get her warmed up and assessed. We almost lost her. She had told her friends she was going somewhere that weekend so no one thought it odd that she did not show up at church that day.

If she would have had a medical alert system, she could have been in the hospital in a matter of minutes instead of days. I am a firm believer in these types of devices. In researching the various companies, I found that Vitalert even has a non-emergency alert button that will direct the subscriber to a 24/7 nurse hotline that is able to help with medications and other non-emergency situations.  If you have an elderly or disabled person in your life, be sure to talk to them about getting one of these medical alert devices. It will give you peace of mind knowing that help is just a button push away.

How do medical alert devices work? Pressing the alert button sends a wireless signal to a dispatcher that is medically trained to handle medical situations. Pressing the non-emergency button will get you in touch with a nurse. Definitely something to consider having.