When shopping for a medical alert system and researching various companies and their competition, it is common to ask yourself: Would purchasing a cell phone be just as effective and cost efficient as purchasing a medical alert system?
The short answer is No. While cell phones provide an abundance of helpful uses i.e. when your car breaks down on the side of the road or when you need to call the police, cell phones are simply not as reliable when medical emergencies strike as medical alert systems are for three main reasons. The first important difference is we don’t always have our cell phones on us (most of the time we may not even know exactly where our cell phone is located until we hear that familiar muffled ring emerging
from deep inside the couch cushion). Secondly, cell phones run of out battery, and finally cell phones do not bring up your medical history, or preferred treatment facility instantaneously like a med alert system does.
While most people carry their cell phones with them religiously when they are running errands or visiting friends and relatives, the majority of cell phone users don’t carry their cell phones with them while they are at home. Instead, they typically place the phone on the counter and move about the house. If you or your loved one were to experience a fall and as a result were rendered immobile, how would you reach your cell phone? If you cannot get to your cell phone to call for help, it is of absolutely no use to you. However, medical alert systems are conveniently worn on the body in the form of a necklace or a wristband, so there is no need to worry if the system is within reach. When the wearer finds that he or she is harm’s way, they simply press a button and help is immediately dispatched.
There is no need to dial any numbers or provide detailed information like you would be required to do with a cell phone. Medical alert buttons provide a renewed peace of mind that a cell phone simply cannot offer.
Cell phones also have a tendency to run out of battery. When your cell phone needs to be charged it is not located on your body and you are probably away from the charging port. Medical alert pendants do not need to be recharged and are always readily available. They also have a backup battery for when the power goes out.
Additionally, when you use your cell phone to call for medical help you are the one responsible for
providing your medical history, preferred treatment facility, and contacting your loved ones. With a med alert system this is not the case. When struck with a medical emergency, people are very rarely completely alert and in tune with their surroundings. Medical alert services take the additional stress out of a hectic situation by storing all the information you need. The moment the signal from your medical alert system is received at the LifeFone Emergency Response Center, your personal profile is displayed on their computer. Each user customized profile allows the LifeFone response team to access their specific needs, including their detailed medical history, their current medications and allergies, the physicians and facility they want to be taken to and the family members and neighbors they want alerted in the event of a medical emergency. If you are an independent senior living alone, there is simply no safer alternative to a medical alert system. The benefits you get with a medical alert system far outweigh those of a cell phone.
When danger strikes, you and your loved one want to feel at ease knowing that help is available at the touch of a button. There are no numbers to dial or medical information to remember, which make your medical emergency that much easier to cope with. While cell phones provide immeasurable help in countless situations, there simply is no substitute for a medical alert pendant that is always charged, worn on the body, and supplied with all necessary information when needed.