Daily check-in emergency response service? Real or pony?
September 11, 2011 10:36 PM   Subscribe

I could have sworn I read a question about this recently, but I can't find it. Isn't there some kind of service (mostly for elderly, I believe) in which the person has to check in each day - and if the person doesn't check in, there's a response plan that goes into effect?

Maybe this was just something people were talking about wanting; the details are hazy. First the service tries to contact the person; but if no contact is made, there's a list of people who are called to address the situation. Ideally, I suppose, it's a neighbor or family member, but then the police/fire depts.

Is this a thing? I can't find the previous Ask thread, but I know the conversation was in the last few months.
posted by crankyrogalsky to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Are you thinking of something from this question, maybe?
posted by phunniemee at 10:40 PM on September 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Are you thinking about Life Alert?
posted by mynameisluka at 10:40 PM on September 11, 2011

Here's something like that.

There are probably lots more.
posted by dchrssyr at 10:43 PM on September 11, 2011

It sounds like Telecross.
posted by Year of meteors at 10:43 PM on September 11, 2011

Here are some links -

Medical Alert Systems Australia centric, but might give you the terminology you need?

Life Line

Medical Alarm (Wikipedia)

Medical Alert Devices (Australia)

So yes, real, these are just from some googling, no recommendations.
posted by titanium_geek at 2:18 AM on September 12, 2011

Our local AARP chapter has a service where THEY call to check on people for free. Small town though. You might check with elder care agencies in your area.
posted by domino at 6:21 AM on September 12, 2011

You're almost certainly thinking of the question from last month that phunniemee linked above, specifically jessamyn's answer.

As far as Life Alert, they are the most well known because of their ubiquitous commercials, but they have a bit of a reputation. In investigating 'panic button' services for my business partner last week after she found her elderly friend sleeping in his basement because he couldn't get back up the stairs I ran across these two articles:
posted by ob1quixote at 6:41 AM on September 12, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks, phunnimee. I don't know why I couldn't find it. Googling just got me MedicAlert, which wasn't it. I'll check out the sites now. Was off my google yesterday, clearly.
posted by crankyrogalsky at 7:06 AM on September 12, 2011

Here in the Netherlands, the Red Cross has such a service (phone circle ran by volunteers, when anyone in the circle doesn't someone goes to their house / the emergency services are alerted).
posted by rjs at 12:26 PM on September 12, 2011

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