When I was growing up there were two commercials that people used to make fun of, both involving elderly actors. The first was the infamous question about where the beef was at, and the second one was with the lady who had fallen and just could not get up (so she needed a medical alert system). As I got older I realized that only one of those commercials was actually funny. The other…. Well, not so much.
My grandmother is 90. She lives in a lovely assisted facility where most of the time if she fell, someone would be at her side within moments. Even so, however, there are times when no one would be readily by her side, such as when she is in her room by herself or in her bathroom getting ready for the day. In those cases, she would need a medical alert system to make them aware of the situation in order for my grandmother to get medical help.
Another relative’s only wish (before recently passing) was to always live on her own. She was adamant in her request to her immediate family that she lived out her days independently. Yet as she got into her late 80’s, that request did not sit well with them at all. What if something happened to her while she was alone? What if she fell and could not get up? They finally made a deal that she could remain on her own as long as she wore a personal medical alert system so that she could receive care in an instant if needed. This gave everyone in the family more reassurance about her living situation.
As a parent of a young child who had serious, potentially life-threatening health issues, I spent hours, days, and years living in fear of an emergency. What if something happened when he was at school, or at soccer practice, or when I was out of town for work? How could I juggle letting him do the things that made him feel “normal” while also ensuring his safety and that his medical needs would be met?
The Bay Alarm Medical personal emergency-alert system is designed for any of these situations, and many more. Bay Alarm Medical gave me a unit to try so I could see for myself how easily it is to set up and how well it works. All you need is an outlet and a phone jack. That’s it. Our medical alert system came with a base station and a wall button accessory, which is perfect for two floor homes.
The system’s built-in, high-output speaker and ultra sensitive microphone allows crystal clear 2-way communication during an emergency. It will even continue to run for up to 32 hours in the event of a blackout or power outage. The medical alert system can be plugged into any home with a standard landline so it can be portable too.
Each unit comes with a choice of a necklace or bracelet that is designed to last 5 years without any recharging. Personally, I prefer the bracelet. Not only was it so light that I forgot I was wearing it, but with everyone sporting wearable technology these days it fits right in with the crowd! Since the majority of senior-related falls happen in the bathroom, the unit is also 100% waterproof. They have a signal range of up to 1000ft to include most living areas, such as your yard.
Even if you don’t have a home phone line available, there’s a cellular medical alert system option available. Bay Alarm Medical alert system even has a GPS system that offers mobile tracking that is perfect while kids (or older family members) are away from home.
Bay Alarm Medical was rated as the top choice by MedicalAlertSystemsRatings.org, InHomeSafetyGuide.org and ConsumerAdvocates.org. In fact, medicalalertsystemsratings.org said that, “Bay Alarm Medical’s product was far and away the best system we tested. You press “help” and that’s what you get immediately. The combination of ease-of-use, quality build, operator response time, and price make it our #1 choice.”
Fortunately, my grandmother is still making 90 look like the new 75, and today my son’s health has never been better. Had I thought to consider a medical alert system for him when he was younger, I would have saved myself a tremendous amount of stress. If you may be in need the same type of reassurance, go to bayalarmmedical.com for additional information.
Life as a parent or a sick child or as a child of aging parents (or grandparents) can certainly be stressful. It is nearly impossible to be there at all times to ensure that everyone is safe. There’s nothing quite like having peace of mind knowing that they are just one button away from getting the medical help they may need in the event of an emergency.
Disclosure: I partnered with Bay Alarm Medical to learn more about their systems and offerings so they could be shared with you in this post.