How Medical Alert Systems Work

A Brief Guide

A personal emergency response system(PERS) is an essential service for seniors wanting to live independently. As we age, our risk of falling increases due to a loss in mobility including balance and strength. Where moving into full time care would traditionally be the solution, a PERS can now allow seniors to keep their independence and continue living within their own home. 

Data from clinical trials worldwide have shown that for people aged 65 and over:

  • 1 in 3 will suffer from a substantial fall every year
  • 60% of these falls occur at home
  • 60% of these falls lead to a serious injury and hospitalisation

Having a medical alarm can directly contribute to faster treatment which in turn can mean the difference between full recovery and a long-term disability. 

International clinical trials have shown that one of the major reasons capable seniors stop exercising and maintaining an active lifestyle is the fear of falling. Since they are neglecting exercise out of fear, there is an increased chance of having a fall because of their reduced fitness and mobility.

  • A medical alarm can massively contribute to an improved quality of living for seniors by:
  • reducing falls related anxiety
  • improving confidence and sense of security knowing that help is always at hand.

How do medical alarms work?

Traditional emergency diallers connected through the wearer’s landline phone and allowed a preprogramed message to be sent if an alarm was activated.  The alarm was activated via a pendant worn around the neck or on a wrist.

In an emergency, the dialler can notify a call centre that help is required and to contact family and emergency services.

Many medical alarms now mimic features that came with a traditional medical alarm including connectivity to the house landline or base unit. One of the biggest problems that comes with this is the inability to use the alarm outside a designated area.

SOS Pendant’s products work at home, in the community and even halfway across Australia. Not only does the devices connect independently with the mobile network, but the SOS Pendant offers other safety features including GPS, falls detection, as well as the ability for two-way communication through the device when in need of help.

Mobile medical alarms

SOS Pendant is one of the few medical providers in Australia which use the mobile network to connect a client during an emergency. The benefits of this type of system include the ability to communicate directly with a client as well as nationwide coverage. Seniors in 2020 can now access help while out in the community as well as at home.