Medical alert systems are great when your frail parents may need to get hold of loved ones or the emergency services in a hurry. However, these types of life alert systems are only as good as their weakest link. For instance, those medical alert systems that are activated by the pressing of a button rely on the user being able to actually remember where the button is, or to physically depress the button for a call to be made to the emergency services personnel. The problem with most of these solutions is that when an elderly person falls or is incapacitated, they are usually also disoriented. They are often too confused at this stage, and will be unable to operate a medical alert telephone to get the help required. In this instance, you obviously are paying for what you get.
So although these types of services are cheaper than most other medical alert systems, they may not provide as much peace of mind as is required. A more practical approach over the medical alert telephone is the pushbutton watch or necklace, which is a lot easier to locate and handle in an emergency. They also allow free flowing movement for the elderly, and also remove the stigma and embarrassment that most senior or frail care users experience when wearing a medical alert telephone. The typical medical alert system usually has a push button device which is linked to a transponder located somewhere in the house.