A Brief Guide to Emergency Alert Buttons

A Brief Guide to Emergency Alert Buttons

January 13, 2020 by

What is an emergency button?

Emergency buttons are simple handheld pendants with a button that alerts medical services to an emergency. In the event of a fall or injury, the individual can push the button on their pendant and immediately alert the security company. For senior citizens and others at high-risk for medical emergencies such as a fall, heart attack, or stroke, this medical pendant can be the difference between life and death.

How does it work?

When pushed, this button sends a signal to your security company to alert first responders of an emergency. Each medical pendant or emergency button is registered to a specific patient or household.

Immediately after pushing the button, a security professional will contact the afflicted individual, usually by phone. In the case of an accidental alert, the security company will stand-by to confirm that no one is in danger.

In the event that an emergency has occurred, the security professional will contact emergency services and stay on the line with the patient until first responders arrive at the scene.

Who should have an emergency button?

Emergency medical alert buttons are great for senior citizens and other at-risk individuals who live on their own. In the event of an emergency such as a fall, they will not have to rely on someone to find them and help them. Instead, they can simply push the button and instantly contact medical services.

Here are 3 benefits to having an emergency medical alert button in your home:

1. Individual safety

For seniors, disabled individuals, and other high-risk demographics, safety is always a primary concern. Even the most subtle injuries and innocent-looking falls can cause significant physical damage, making it crucial for these individuals to be able to contact emergency medical services, should an accident occur.

By equipping at-risk individuals with an emergency button, you can help ensure their safety and security, which can be the difference between a minor incident and a tragedy.

2. Peace of mind

Beyond the safety aspect, emergency alert buttons can also provide unmatched peace of mind to family members and loved ones. For those with elderly parents who are having difficulty taking care of themselves, every minute spent worrying about them can be stressful.

An emergency medical pendant gives family members the peace of mind that comes from knowing their senior parents’ can call for help, if necessary. Their family can’t be there 24/7, but a medical alert button can make sure that help is always available.

3. A renewed sense of independence

With ever-evolving developments in technology, state-of-the-art medical alert buttons can now operate within 300 feet of their hub, allowing at-risk individuals to enjoy their backyard or their patio without worrying about the possibility of injury.

Should your elderly parents fall on their back steps in the middle of the winter, their emergency medical pendant will still work, ensuring they can call for help at any time and any location of their residence.

For many elderly and disabled individuals, this opens up more of their world so they can enjoy their environment and live their lives on their terms. The freedom that comes with this kind of independence is invaluable.

So, what should you look for when choosing the right emergency medical alert system for your loved one?

1. Security professionals on call

In the event of an emergency, it is crucial that your medical alert button immediately contacts the security company. From there, the security company can contact emergency services and first responders as necessary, and they will stay on the line with the injured individual until medical services arrive.

Some medical bracelets simply send out an alert — rather than connecting the hurt individual with a real person — which results in many false-alarms and does not give first-responders an accurate account of the situation before they arrive.

If an emergency occurs, you want the situation organized and under control, which is why on-call security professionals are so important.

2. Distance and coverage

If your loved one happens to fall on the sidewalk or in the backyard, their medical alert button must be capable of operating in that area. Some alert buttons lose their signals as they travel farther away from their hub, which is often located in your home.

At Canadian Security Professionals, our pendants ensure coverage for up to 300-feet away from the hub, giving you ample room to enjoy your space without worrying about losing the signal.

3. Clear, concise instructions

Many individuals who require a medical alert button suffer from physical and mental impairments that can make an emergency that much more difficult. With that in mind, as a family member, you must ensure your elderly or disabled loved one understands how and when to use their medical alert button.

If they are confused or suffer from memory impairment, leaving the instructions out in a place where they can see them every day will help ensure they press the button in case of an emergency.

4. Waterproof and durable

Many of the most dangerous injuries that occur in the home happen in the bathroom. For seniors, the shower can be a particularly dangerous area. Because of this, their medical alert button must be both waterproof and durable.

Should a fall occur in the shower, the emergency pendant must be able to withstand water, plus the impact of the fall itself. Be sure that your loved one understands that they should wear the pendant and keep it on their body at all times.

For more information about emergency medical alert buttons, call Canadian Security Professionals at 1-877-494-9911 or visit our website here.

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