Life Alert bracelets for seniors have many benefits. In the past, it was common for multiple generations to live under the same roof, or at least in the same town. If an ailing family member needed help, it was available instantly or was there within a few minutes.
Neighbors also kept in touch and knew each other and what was going on in each others’ lives. Garage door openers have turned neighborhoods into personal bat caves where people drive in and out without ever having eye contact with one another. Some people do not even know the name of the people on their street or the apartment next door.
With parents living into their eighties and nineties, and their families no longer living locally, there is a need for some kind of service that will enable everyone to have peace of mind. These bracelets permit seniors the independence they desire, but also let them have emergency care if necessary. Their children feel better knowing that help is just a phone call away.
What Are Life Alert Bracelets for Seniors?
Life Alert is an emergency response company. Wearers of their jewelry have instant access to medical protection. With just one press of a button, the appropriate response team is sent to the caller‘s home.
In addition to medical emergency protection, the company also offers it’s customers programs for:
Carbon Dioxide Gas Emergencies
911 Direct Cell Phone
Life Alert Mobile
You do not have to purchase all of these services from Life Alert. Only the ones that you and your parent believe are necessary are what you should have in your contract.
Besides Life Alert bracelets, seniors can also choose from watches and pendants and necklaces.
Does Life Alert Work?
Many of us are familiar with the commercial featuring the elderly woman on the floor saying, “I’ve fallen and I can‘t get up!”. Although dramatic, it does drive home a point. If your elderly parent were to have a mishap at home and she was unable to reach a telephone, how would she get help?
When my Nana was ninety-three and living on her own in a senior citizen complex, my mother and my aunts decided that she needed this device. We lived an hour away, one aunt lived several states away, and my aunt who lived near Nana worked and was unavailable ten hours a day. Although Nana had her full faculties and could cook and be on her own, she had recently had a few falls. Everyone felt that this system would be the perfect solution if heaven forbid, she really hurt herself.
Since my older daughter and Nana shared a birthday, I decided to pull her out of school and take her, my mom and my twins to see Nana for a birthday lunch. On the car ride there, my mom mentioned to me that she needed to call Life Alert to make sure the bracelet Nana received in the mail that week was working.
Nana’s apartment was very small. As soon as we walked in the door, my younger daughter, who was two-and-a-half at the time, saw the bracelet on the coffee table. Before I could stop her, she picked it up and pushed the emergency button!
Moments later, Life Alert called. When I told them that my toddler has pressed the button and not to send the paramedics, they told me they were bound by law to send them out, since they did not know if my Nana was being held against her will.
Shortly thereafter, the paramedics came, saw that Nana was fine, and left.
1. Do not leave Life Alert bracelets on a coffee table when my children are nearby.
2. This system for seniors does work.
If you have a loved one who lives far away, a Life Alert bracelet for seniors may be the thing that gives all of you peace of mind.