Senior Parents Living Alone
Whether you are a senior looking to prolong your own independence, or
you are a caregiver searching for ways to alleviate your worries about
leaving your aged or infirm loved ones home by themselves, a home
Emergency Response System may be just the thing you've been looking
for. But with so many systems to choose from and such an important
goal at stake, choosing one that fills your needs and fits your budget
can be an imposing task.
The following few questions are just a few you should ask about each
potential service you encounter to ensure that the one you choose will
benefit you in the ways you need it to.
Is the service staffed by trained professionals twenty-four hours a
day? Having a real, live person on the other end of the line to
contact Emergency Services, inform appropriate caregivers, and stay on
the line until help arrives is extremely important. In times of
crisis, you don't want to rely upon a service that uses automated
responders or is staffed by people who are under-qualified or poorly
Is the equipment provided to you of quality? It's hard to tell if an
electronic device is worth the money you pay for it. One way of
ensuring it is defect-free is to look for UL (Underwriters
Laboratories) trademark on the device. This ensures that the device's
design has been examined and is of sound construction. Another benefit
often overlooked is the portable call buttons such services offer. Is
it convenient to use? Some services offer different styles of button
that can be worn as pendants, on watch straps, or on belt clips. Also,
be sure to ask if the device is waterproof. The household is full of
water hazards (such as toilets, flower pots, and sinks) that may
impede the functioning of any unprotected device.
Does the service guarantee the quality of their products and services?
Look for a money-back satisfaction guarantee. Be sure to read the fine
print and see how much of a hassle (or how hassle-free) getting your
money back would be if you need to. Also, if there isn't a guarantee,
ask yourself why.
Are there any long-term contracts you need to sign? One of the most
distasteful things that can happen to a person is being locked into a
year or longer contract with a service they don't like or need and
facing stiff penalties if they cancel early. Some services offer
monthly payment plans and no-fee cancellation policies. It might be
good to look for one that does.
Are payment plans available that fit your budget? Often times, such
services only offer one payment option. Some however offer multiple
options that can save you money if you let them.
Also, are there any incidentals offered such as free shipping or AARP
discounts? Savings could be considerable; watch for them.
About the Author:
My wife is a nurse
practitioner and talks to many people who have senior parents living
on there own. When asked, she recommends the medical alert systems she
got for her mother
Additional Information and
webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate