Did you know that medical alert systems provide a critical safety net for all of us?

This can include older Floridians who may be at risk of falling, or who suffer from serious health conditions? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3 million seniors are treated in emergency rooms every year just for fall injuries, and one out of five of them result in major health trauma, such as broken hips and concussions.

In these situations, every second counts no matter what your age is. At the mere press of a button, medical alerts systems notify emergency dispatch centers or personal emergency contacts to assist an injured person. These devices are credited with helping countless Americans, and with advances in technology, alert systems have greatly expanded to accommodate adults with diverse lifestyles.

So, how does one decide on the best medical alert system for his or her needs?

First, we encourage you to look for reputable companies with positive reviews that have served adults for long periods of time. It may also be helpful to seek referrals from family members and friends, but make sure to ask about particular features they have found useful, such as fall detection sensors and GPS location. To help guide your decision, let us share with you a few key considerations when searching for a medical alert system.

  1. Online research. Use keywords to identify different companies, alert systems, service options and prices. Then, compare them. There are plenty of choices to fit every person’s needs.
  1. Investigate quality. What have consumers said about options you may be considering? It is worth exploring consumer review websites, Better Business Bureau listings, especially before committing to a service contract.
  1. Consider contractual obligations. It is important to try and avoid long-term contracts and large upfront service charges. Plenty of reputable medical alert companies structure billing on a month-to-month basis without locking individuals into expensive long-term arrangements. Large upfront charges may be difficult, if not impossible, to recoup if you are ultimately unsatisfied and move to a different company. Further, for the tech savvy among us, take a closer look at your smartphone to see if many of these same services can be delivered through it instead.

These are just a few tips to help you find the best medical alert system for your needs. Your safety is important to us. If this article raises more questions than it answers for you, we encourage you to learn more this National Medical Alert Awareness Month and throughout the year.