Necklaces and other types of jewelry are timeless accessories every senior should have. However, at Active Lifestyle Media, we’ve found them to serve more practical purposes than their aesthetic value. Who knew that a piece of jewelry could turn out to save our lives during emergencies?
As a senior, you’re at high risk of a slip and fall accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people aged 65 and above fall every year. Also, if you’ve fallen once, you’re at risk of falling over and over again in the future. Falls can also cause devastating conditions like traumatic brain injuries and hip fractures.
So what do you do when you’re in an emergency, and there’s no one around to help? Well, there’s good news. Even if you live alone, you’re never really alone in emergencies with your medical alert jewelry on. We’ll show you how.
What’s Medical Alert Jewelry?
Medical alert necklaces or bracelets are waterproof necklaces or bracelets that come in handy during emergencies. They can be part of a medical alert system that calls for medical help when you need one. The other part of the alert system is the communicator.
If you’re in a crisis, you can call for help by pressing the help button on the necklaces or bracelets. Next, the button signals the communicator, which then calls a response center. The response center will verify your emergency and call for medical help. They’ll also notify your loved ones about your situation.
Who Needs Medical Alert ID Necklaces or Bracelets?
It’ll be wise to get medical alert ID jewelry in the following situations:
If You Have a Medical Condition That Can Put You in an Emergency
If you’re treating a condition that puts you at risk of a crisis, then you need a medical alert bracelet. It ensures that you’ll get help whenever and wherever the emergency occurs. Common conditions that require medical alert jewelry include diabetes, epilepsy, dementia, heart conditions, asthma, etc.
When You Have Allergies
If you have food or medication allergies, you’ll need a medical alert identification necklace or bracelet. If you can’t speak, the jewelry will inform your health responders on what foods and drugs you mustn’t take. You can also notify them of your emergency contacts and your regular medications through engravings on your jewelry.
What Factors Should I Consider When Buying a Medical Alert Device?
Now that you understand the importance of a medical alert system, how do you choose the best ones? You can start by considering the following when making a purchase:
Some alert systems have fall detection technologies in place. That means that if you fall and can not press the help button for any reason, you’re still protected. That’s because the alert system would have already detected your fall and automatically notified the response center.
You’ll want an alert device with excellent battery life. It can quickly become inconvenient when you have to charge your device now and again. It also doesn’t serve its purpose to the fullest that way. So, it’s best to go for a device that requires charging after some days instead of daily.
Protected Distance and Mobility
You must be within your communicator’s range for your alert system to be effective. So, if you move around a lot, get the one that allows you to move the most distance. Also, some alarm systems are GPS-enabled. So, they can locate you anywhere you are.
How About Dialing 911 in an Emergency?
There’s a well-known alternative to medical alert systems — the 911 dial. However, you’ll have to be close to your phone to dial 911. Unfortunately, sometimes, your medical emergency may not allow you to get to your phone. In such cases, 911 wouldn’t be of much help.
However, you don’t have to worry about being on the phone with a medical alert system. Since your device is always on you, you can call for help whenever. In addition, if you cannot press the button, the fall detection would send an alarm.
Should I Go for the Medical Alert ID Necklace or Bracelet?
If you’ve decided on getting medical ID jewelry, you may wonder which type of jewelry serves you best. Generally, both medical alert ID bracelets and necklaces serve the same purpose, and either is fine. However, bracelets are much easier to find, and responders usually check the wrists first. So, in the end, a medical alert bracelet may be the better option since it can save some precious time.
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