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Welcome to Let's Talk About It.  In this special section we will feature the question/topic of the month and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to participate, just follow the link provided at the end of the question/topic and add your comments and thoughts.

Question/Topic for Mar/Aprl 2012

Let's talk about medical alert systems - Do they really help? Are they worth it?What experiences can you share?

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Name: Charlotte
Location: Livonia, Mi
Date: 04/25/2012
Time: 04:36 PM


I have a non medical caregiving company and I highly reccommend medical alerts to my clients. They are time saving and in turn life saving! They're not always perfect but that's all the more reason to go with a reputible company for the monitoring service. It may cost a few more dollars a month but the peace of mind is worth it. They also have types that can tell the difference between normal daily activity and a fall in case the injured person cannot push the button!

Name: Diane
Location: Fredonia, NY
Date: 04/19/2012
Time: 09:28 AM


We had a very bad experience just the other day with the first use of our new medical alert system. I was taking my husband to the bathroom, when his commode chair wheel caught on the rug and pitched him out of the chair. I pushed the button immediately and, after a brief wait, the dispatcher came on. He had our address but was quite confused as to where it was. He asked several questions, put me on hold and then came on to ask more questions. I was very disturbed and disconnected with him to call 911 right away. The EMTs came quickly and my husband was only bruised and shaken up. The service called back later to see how he was doing and I let them know how angry I was. I was told that should never have happened but we are considering looking for a different service.

Name: Louise
Location: Coconut Creek
Date: 04/10/2012
Time: 05:53 AM


I highly recommend a medical alert system. I agree with some other posts that you have to do a little research to find the one that best fits your personal needs and cost. My 94 yr old mom has dimentia and is a fall risk. I, too, was worried that she would fall and forget to push the button or be knocked out and not be able to. I have a system for her that registers if she should fall and does not push the button. She fell in the middle of the night and what I heard was the life alert system calling, so I knew she was in trouble just 30 ft from me, on the first floor. If I need the paramedics life line was right there ready to call for me. Another time my mom ended up having a blocked bile duct. We thought is was just severe indigestion, until one day while I was at work she couldn't take the pain any more and she pushed her button. I didn't think she would remember to do it if she had an emergency, but she did. It's not the complete answer, but it sure brings a little relief to a caretaker that must work and be out of the house while her loved one is at home.

Name: Bob Finnie
Location: Milwuakee,WI
Date: 03/30/2012
Time: 09:45 AM


Many of the caregiver comments have related to monthly fee medical alert systems.These sytems are very good, but they are not the only option. There are medical alert systems that call your family, friends, or neighbors. They cost under $100 and have no monthly fees. They do not go through an answering service. The product decision should be based on your need. And a monthly service fee medical alert system could be more than what you need.

Name: Susan Troisi
Location: Apopka, FL
Date: 03/27/2012
Time: 07:31 AM


I highly recommend any medical alert system. I am caregiver to my Mother for the past 9 years. I am also involved with Ministry to the Sick at my church & visit homebounds weekly. I know for a fact, that if it had not been for a medical alert system (which I highly encouraged them to get) some of these people would not be alive today. In each case in which the person had to use the alert, an ambulance arrived promptly and the caregiver was notified immediately. I would suggest using a company that does not require a signed contract for a certain length of time.

Name: Rosemary Sampson
Location: Seffner, Fl.
Date: 03/23/2012
Time: 06:06 PM


Live with my 81 yr old mother and have some disability issues of my own. Am thinking of getting the alert system for her for when I'm away at store or doing laundry n such. Is there a company you would recommend? Also as her caregiver I'm looking to see about how you would get paid for such services to help us make ends meet. Does anyone know where I need to go for this info?

Name: Lori Brandt
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 03/22/2012
Time: 07:58 AM


I was able to get a push-button necklace free for 3 years through So Cal Caregivers Resource and I kept it afterwards. Fortunately Dad has never had to use it, but I feel better when I'm out of the house knowing he could push the button. However, I doubt if he would think to do so.

Date: 03/20/2012
Time: 05:09 AM


They may be fine for most patients but I was using a system with my loved one who had Alzheimer's. He fell in his apartment several times but never "pushed the button" because he forgot he had one.



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