Can anyone offer me recommendations, guidance or personal experiences in choosing a "Rescue Alert"-like service? TL;DR inside. (I will never, ever use the term "snowflake" that way.)
I'm concerned about my mother living alone. She is prone to tripping and falling. Injury is a concern of course, but so far it has most often meant just bruising and difficulty getting up. I have managed to beat into her (...metaphorically) the importance of carrying her cell phone, but I'd like a backup layer, something unobtrusive for the shower and nighttime bathroom trips.
was recommended to me as having excellent responsiveness and customer service. I like that they can call neighbors/me before alerting paramedics. (Meaning she might actually use it. She has a handicap pass and only uses it when she's driving my grandparents around... that type of lady.)
Problem is, it's a Dumb-Alert-Button/Stationary-Microphone system. Communication happens via a stationary base unit when the pendant is pushed. She's supposed to shower with the door open so they can hear her if she falls? (In that case, default is alert the paramedics.) This is for the home-bound, but I'd prefer something that can be helpful if she slips on some ice in a parking lot, too. (Rescue Alert offers a cellular device, but this one only
connects to 911.)
This leads me to consider less established, but more modern services. Similar to this one
. (Cellular based, self contained, ideally with GPS too. Advanced features, like drop sensing, are nice but may eliminate too many options if mandatory.)
Can anyone share advice, recommendations, experiences on these services/technologies, old OR new?