If you are the caregiver for a loved one who lives with a disability or chronic illness, keeping them safe may be an on-going concern. Finding ways that allow them to quickly call for help in the event of an emergency is important.
In-home technologies offer a variety of solutions ranging from those that work off cellular service to those that work through phone lines. As technology advances, these devices are becoming smaller and increasingly mobile.
High Tech SOS Solutions for Those Living with a Disability
Here are a few to consider:
- eCare GPS Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (MPERS) – This impressive little gadget can signal help is needed with the push of a button. Because it is a mobile device, it can work from anywhere the user happens to be. It also incorporates GPS so that the user’s location can be easily tracked. Once the SOS button is pushed, emergency personnel can talk with the user through the unit’s two-way voice communication system. That allows the call center personnel to relay important medical information to emergency responders.
- eResponder Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (MPERS)– Another mobile device that allows the user to call for help from any location, this one is small and light weight. It also incorporates two-way voice communication. If the user isn’t sure of their location or are unable to communicate, the emergency center staff can easily transfer the call to 911 to activate GPS tracking.
- MyHelp Emergency Response Systems. These are two different emergency response products that allow the user to call for help in the event of a burglary, medical emergency or fire. One works off of cellular technology and the other works through the phone line. Both offer a convertible bracelet/necklace pendant.
- BeClose Remote Monitoring System. This system utilizes a variety of sensors placed throughout the living environment that track and analyze the resident as they move about. The system can be customized in a variety of ways to help recognize when there is a problem which could be an emergency and automatically access help. For example, if the resident gets up to go to the bathroom at night and then does not return within a period of time (say 20 minutes) and no movement is being sensed, it could be that the individual fell and needs help. The Call Center will notify the resident to check that they are safe, call and dispatch 911, or call a caregiver. The resident also can use a pendant or call button to access emergency assistance if able to do so.
If you have a loved one living with a disability and aren’t sure which of these devices would be the best choice them, please call us at (203) 235-8324. We will be happy to help you put together a custom solution.