Senior Medical Alarm: Major Parts and Types
What exactly is a senior medical alarm? A medical alarm is the device you use to ensure a quick means of contacting medical personnel in case of an emergency. When an accident or a medical emergency occurs, dialing and calling up 911 might take up too much time, wasting those precious few seconds. The effort of finding a phone and dialing the 911 number is conveniently by-passed with a medical alarm—when activated, the system instantly connects to the medical response monitoring center, and all the appropriate actions are performed in the shortest time possible. If this is not enough, learn more about why you need a medical alert.
The medical alarm has the following parts: the wireless panic button that can be worn as a necklace pendant, bracelet, or a belt clip-on, and the base unit that is connected to the home’s phone line.
The Wireless Panic Button
The wireless panic button is designed to be worn by the customer or the patient at all times. It operates wirelessly, and when pressed, it instantly contacts the base unit installed in the customer’s home.
Mobile Medical Alarm Devices
The wearable panic button, however, is usually “wirelessly tethered” to the base unit, which means it must stay within the rated wireless range of the base unit in order to perform its job. If the customer or patients strays beyond the wireless range, the button would not work when pressed. Rescue Alert of California’s new mobile senior alert uses the same technology as a mobile phone and can be used anywhere there is cell phone coverage. A mobile senior alert can be added to an in-home alert system for a low additional monthly subscription.
The Base Unit
Types of Base Units
Analog only: most current medical alarm base units are still designed to work well with traditional analog phones. For many years since the personal alarm system’s inception, the analog-type design had been both economical and efficient to use—there was not much room for error and the system functioned in normally 100 percent efficiency.
However, in the past few years since the advent of digital type communication, with voice over IP (VoIP) and cable digital phone lines, more and more people are switching over to digital as it is cheaper, offers more convenient features, and comes with other extra value-added services. As digital phone lines handle data differently from the way analog does, they do not work well with medical alarm base units designed for analog. The quality of the call can be degraded, and at times, delays occur that defeat the purpose of a medical alarm. Many medical alarm companies try to circumvent this by using intervening devices, such as a DSL filter, to make the analog base unit work with a digital phone line.
Digital (MXD): Recently, Rescue Alert of California has made a breakthrough with its new base unit the MXD. Rescue Alert spent the past few years collaborating closely with leading digital telecommunication companies, such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T Mobile in developing the new technology and ensuring its efficiency to work with digital and cellular in-home phone services. The result, the MXD base unit, features state-of-the-art capabilities that are so far not existent in other similar devices.
The MXD works well with the new telecommunications technologies currently available. It uses a proprietary data transfer method that is designed to work with either analog or digital phone lines.
Top Features and Optional Services
Rescue Alert prides itself on offering top quality services and features. What sets us apart from other alert systems is our personable staff and cutting edge technology. Our medical alarms provide a direct connection with a certified EMD attendant. Subscribers can still enjoy being discreet when they use our concealable senior medical alarm bracelets and necklaces. Rescue Alert offers features and services that cannot be found with any other Alert System Company.
Standard Features Include: