Help, I've fallen, and I can't share my geocoordinates!
January 22, 2013 8:32 AM Subscribe
I'm in search of a personal medical alert product for my middle-aged mother and somewhat overwhelmed by the volume of incomplete solutions, vague descriptions, sketchy resellers, and keyword hoarding. Help me be the best geriatric technologist this side of sixty!
posted by nominal to Technology (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For the uninitiated, a medical alert device allows its bearer to press a button to contact a hotline or summon emergency services. Some are installed in the home like one of them newfangled "answering machines" and can only service up to the front stoop. Others function similar to, or are merely features of, a modern cell phone. The actual fobs come in all forms, including wrist and neck bands.
This much I know, but I'd really appreciate references or recommendations for devices that meet the following criteria:
- Cell and, ideally, GPS-enabled. This is a very active woman at high risk of falling everywhere.
- Wearable 24/7. While her cognition is generally exceptional, the forgot-my-keys index is off the charts.
- Discreet. She is, quite literally, young at heart. Few her age elect to use such a product, so humiliation is a real risk with some of the larger pendants.
Nice-to-have features include low subscription costs, emergency access to medical info, automatic fall detection, online configuration, and personal health metrics.
… But let's not get too excited. Any solution is better than none and all advice is appreciated!