Mobile medical alert systems are a portable device which connects to our monitoring station via a cellular network and GPS satellites. These systems allow seniors to utilize their medical alarm wherever they go.
In the event of an emergency, the monitoring station will attempt to communicate with the customer directly through the panic button. This allows for an increased likelihood that the customer is able to respond to and direct the operator how to best get he/she help. Another great feature of the mobile device is the ability to geographically locate the subscriber.
On the surface mobile personal emergency response systems are great. There is no need for a base console, they can be taken anywhere, and they have the ability to geo-locate the subscriber. However, there are also drawbacks that must be addressed.
No medical alert provider can say with 100% certainty the GPS will give an accurate location reading. These systems are connected via the cellular network and GPS satellites are subject to the strength of signal in the area. Another drawback to mobile systems are they need to be charged whereas the traditional medical alert system does not. The function of the mobile system is contingent upon the subscriber remembering to charge the pendant on a regular basis. This can be a major issue for an elderly senior. Mobile systems are also more expensive.
When deciding between a mobile and an in-home system there are a few questions to consider. Does my loved one truly need a mobile system? When they are out of the home, is someone usually with them? Are they going to a public place where help would be readily available should an emergency occur?
In the majority of cases, this newer technology is simply not needed. A traditional medical alert system will serve the same needed function with greater reliability and it will do so at a reduced cost.