The Fear of Living Alone

After discovering this medical alert systems review, I began to dig into the history of the medical alarm out of pure curiosity. Home alert systems were conceived and developed in Germany in the early 1970s by Wilhelm Hormann with the aim of developing new comprehensive structures for ambulatory and non-ambulatory care for the sick, the elderly, those who live alone, and disabled persons. Hormann’s concept of “home alert” is thus to be seen as fairly broad, including the communication of biomedical data and social communication, and not limited to use as an “elder alarm”.

A medical alarm is an alarm system designed to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to summon emergency medical personnel. Other terms for a medical alarm are Personal Emergency Response System or medical alert. Typical systems have a wireless pendant or transmitter that can be activated in an emergency. When the medical alarm is activated, the signal is transmitted to an alarm monitoring company’s central station, other emergency agency or other programmed phone numbers. Medical personnel are then dispatched to the site where the alarm was activated. This is how you can keep grandma safe!

Living alone can be both a lonely and sometimes scary experience. Recently, a client of my mother’s actually fell. Living alone she had nobody there to help her and would have no doubt been trapped: she broke her hip during the fall. Had she not been wearing her pendant which triggered the medical system, who knows how long she would have been trapped on the floor in pain. Just thinking about her predicament is enough for me to want to invest in one for myself if I ever find myself living alone. It might be for the elderly but I think this can be used for anyone living by themselves.

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