Everything to know about panic pendants

What Is a Panic Pendant and How Does It Work?

September 7, 2020 by

A panic pendant is a portable, battery-operated medical device that can be worn as a necklace or watch, clipped to your belt, or carried in your pocket to help you protect yourself by contacting emergency services when in need. It functions as a panic button so senior citizens and people with disabilities can call for help during emergencies.

The user only needs to push the panic button located on the pendant to notify emergency help immediately, 24/7, year-round. Some pendants feature a built-in fall detector that detects when the user falls and then automatically sends a signal to the monitoring station so an emergency response team can be dispatched quickly to their location.

How Panic Pendants Work

Panic pendants typically come as an additional component to your existing home security system. It can also come as a standalone unit comprising the panic pendant and a base unit using either your phone line or a dedicated cellular connection.

The typical local pendant works within a 300 feet range of the base unit in your home or business. When you activate the panic pendant by pressing the button or automatically ifa fall is detected, it transmits the signal to the base unit, which then transfers it to your 24-hour emergency response center.

The newest panic pendants are GPS Medical Alert Systems that do not require a base unit and have a dedicated cellular connection. These can work anywhere in Canada instead of only a few hundred feet away from your home. The GPS Medical Alert Systems also have automatic fall detection built in.

The devices come with a two-way voice systems for you to communicate with the monitoring station operator. So after you send the signal, you will be connected to an operator on the other end, who will try to find out the exact kind of help you need to dispatch the right emergency services. They will stay in communication with you until help arrives. If help is needed the local panic pendants will dispatch help to your address on file, while the GPS devices will dispatch help to your GPS location that is reported by your device to the monitoring station.

The operator knows who you are, has your location through modern GPS technology, and your medical history, so you don’t need to provide this information. They will ask you about the situation that has caused you to send the panic signal.

If you cannot communicate clearly with the operator, they will call the home/cell phone number that you provided them with. And if there is no response, the monitoring center will try to get in touch with your indicated emergency contact or nearby emergency services to check on you.

In the rare event that the battery on your pendant runs out, you can use the base unit to send an emergency signal. That said, the pendant should automatically send an alert to your emergency response center if the battery is running low so that they can provide you with a replacement.

Who can benefit from a panic pendant?

Anyone can benefit from wearing or carrying a panic pendant, but it’s particularly beneficial for senior citizens, disabled individuals, and other vulnerable people. It allows them to continue to enjoy their independence without relying on a caregiver around the clock.

If you find yourself in a crisis and there’s no one around to assist, you have to push the panic button to get connected to your emergency response center. You don’t have to struggle to find the nearest phone, find emergency contacts in your phone or next to your home phone, or even dial any number.

Here are some other reasons to get a panic pendant necklace:

1. They’re cheap

A panic button allows you to call for help as soon as an accident or incident occurs. You have more or less the same level of access to emergency medical services as someone else in a nursing home or assisted living center, or one with a 24/7 in-home nurse or caregiver, but at a fraction of the cost. A panic button can cost around $40 to $80 a month compared to tens of thousands every year in assisted living conditions.

2. Independence

If your elderly parents insist on living at home where they have their own freedom, then you can ensure that they get prompt help and care in case of an emergency by getting them a panic pendant. With the standard pendants the 300 feet signal range allows you to walk around your yard or do some garden work. With the GPS version the pendant works almost anywhere in Canada.

3. Fast response

Panic buttons with fall detection alert an emergency team that the user is in danger immediately without anybody’s intervention. The user doesn’t have to call out for help or dial a number. The signal will be transmitted to the response center automatically so you can communicate with the operator via the two-way voice system in the pendant to explain your condition and get the needed assistance.

Even if you can’t communicate, the operator will still dispatch the relevant emergency team to your location using the integrated GPS tracker and information from your medical history. The operator will even stay in communication with you until help arrives.

4. Safety and convenience

The panic button comes in a convenient wearable device, such as a pendant, necklace, or bracelet that can be worn, carried in the pocket, or clipped to the belt, so you always have it on you. In addition, the emergency response center operates 24/7, so they’re available to help during the day, at night, on weekends, and even holidays.

5. Peace of mind

Having your elderly loved ones in a nursing home will give you peace of mind, but it’s expensive. Getting them a panic button will ensure that they have access to emergency care when they need it, even when there’s no one around. This will give you and your family peace of mind.

6. Customizable

Some settings can be adjusted to your changing preferences, like if you have a new emergency contact, or prefer to send the signal to a close relative or friend as well as the emergency response team.

Getting Started with Your Panic Pendant

As mentioned before, you can get your panic pendant as a standalone unit or part of your comprehensive home security system. Your security service provider will help you set up your emergency service by asking you to provide the details of a few people who can be contacted in case of an emergency.

These individuals should be near your home and in a position to access your home or office if you have an emergency. Provide the details of any family members or relatives who live close to you; or a friend or neighbour. Just make sure that they are aware that you’ve listed them as your emergency contact so they can act fast when needed.

To ensure that emergency services or family can reach you quicker it would be smart to also install a keypad or smart lock so that a key isn’t needed to enter your home. WIth a keypad lock the 4 digit code can be given to close family so that it is easier to enter your home in an emergency. You could also give an extra key to a family member that lives close by or to a neighbour. If they don’t have an extra key, consider installing a key safe outside your home so that anyone with the code can access the key inside.

To learn more about panic pendants, call the Canadian Security Professionals at +1 877-494-9911 or contact us here.

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