"Life Alert" medical alarm necklace that doesn't call 911 without explicit permission??
July 10, 2011 1:55 PM Subscribe
Is there a "Life Alert" type medical alarm that doesn't call 911 without permission? My sick relative is terrified of being taken to the hospital against his will.
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An elderly relative is sick with cancer, and his current treatments are weakening him further. He needs to be in the hospital at the moment -- he knows it, we know it, his doctors know it -- but he is terrified of the prospect and refuses to stay overnight. We just found out he recently took a nasty fall and lay in his kitchen for hours before he could get up. I told him I would be glad to get a "Life Phone" type device for him, but he said he doesn't want anyone calling 911, because once the paramedics come, they might have the authority to take him to the hospital without his say-so.
My question is: Is there a help-summoning necklace that won't call 911 if you don't want them to, even if they think it might be the best thing to do? What would be ideal is the ability to call nearby friends for help, and the ability to call 911 if necessary, of course, but only on specific request.
This is an elderly person we're talking about; he's set in his ways and won't be persuaded that "sometimes 911 is the best way." If we can't find him a medical alert system that won't call 911 against his wishes, he won't wear one, and I'll have to continue to wonder, when I call him and he doesn't answer, whether he's just sleeping or immobilized on the garage floor with a broken femur or something.
I've read threads on these medical alarm systems, but none have specifically addressed this question. Can anyone shed any light on this?