To help reduce safety risk associated with Alzheimer’s, families can look into medical alert systems, buttons or pendants which can alert an emergency call center in the case of an accident, injury or fall at home. With so many companies offering many bells and whistles, making a choice can be challenging for families. The Denton County Alzheimer’s caregivers from Home Care Assistance offer some suggestions to aid your decision-making.
- Take advantage of a risk-free trial. A number of companies offer free trials with their product, allowing seniors and their family members to check the device’s ease of use and functionality. A few companies that offer free trials include MobileHelp, Medical Care Alert, and Medical Guardian.
- Consider if more than one system is needed. If one parent has Alzheimer’s and his or her spouse is experiencing changes in abilities that warrant the need for a second system (either immediately or in the future), a company that offers free monitoring for a spouse will help save money.
- Examine other health problems. Certain medical alert systems offer features that cater to specific health problems common among aging adults. For instance, a medical alert system may offer specialized support for seniors with hearing loss.
- Look for language compatibility. If English is not the native language of your loved one, know that there are medical alert systems that offer service in multiple languages. This can be extremely beneficial should your loved one not be able to articulate the problem in English during an emergency at home.
- Check warranty options. Most medical alert systems come with warranties which can last anywhere from a few years to a lifetime. If you project that a system will be used long-term, it may be beneficial to narrow your search only to those companies that offer a lifetime warranty option.
- Explore Price Guarantees – Companies that provide monthly services have the ability to raise prices over time. If finances are a concern (a problem often experienced by seniors on a fixed income), ask about lifetime price guarantees. Some companies offer such a guarantee to set them apart from their competitors.
In addition to a medical alert system, it is beneficial to have someone able to support your loved one at all times, especially if he or she is in the later stages of the disease. To learn more about support services available near you, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted home care agency in Denton County. We offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations and never ask you to sign a long-term contract or commitment. Call 972-468-6010 and speak with an experienced Care Manager today.