Alarm Buttons

Written by Norene Anderson
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There is no reason for any senior citizen or invalid of any age to feel alone and unprotected. Many types of alarm buttons exist for getting help quickly. Of all the falls in a home, the majority are seniors over the age of 65. For anyone living alone or left alone for a portion of the time, this can be a frightening and critical situation. Many seniors are found by family or neighbors hours after a fall. This should not happen with the available technology.

The most difficult hurdle is often two-fold. First, convincing an elderly family member he or she needs the protection of an alarm button is sometimes difficult. It is often taken as an affront to independence. The second obstacle is getting them to wear the button source at all times. It may be one to wear like a necklace or watch or it may be an emergency-only cell phone. Regardless of the type, it does no good if it is left on the nightstand and they fall in the kitchen.

Different Types of Alarm Buttons

Alarm buttons make it easy to contact family members or emergency help without the need to remember or dial numbers. Many devices come with the option to be programmed with five or more alert numbers with just the push of a button. Some offer pre-recorded messages for 911 calls giving the name and location without the need for speaking at the time of the emergency. Some systems require a monitoring service fee and others do not.

Several types of medical conditions can result in falls. Circulatory problems and osteoporosis are two of the many conditions that may indicate a need for some type of alarm button. Anyone with a defibrillator implant can benefit from the peace of mind an alarm button can provide. Asthma or COPD patients can have help just the push of a button away by wearing a medical alert device. When seconds or minutes mean the difference in being able to breathe, alarm buttons are the quickest way to summon help.


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