A free medic alert system for seniors is designed to give senior citizens a way to call for help in the event of a medical emergency. It is an ideal product for seniors, especially those who live on their own.
The premise is simple. A pendant is worn either around the neck or attached to the wrist like a watch.
This pendant has a two-way receiver so that in the event of an emergency you can activate the medical alarm are immediately connected to the central station monitoring service of the medic alert company you have chosen.
Video Overview of Free Medic Alert System For Seniors
First, I was amazed when I was looking into these for my parents how many biased reviews were out there by websites just looking to make a quick buck by making an affiliate sale. But what I realized is that most can be obtained for free, and for seniors looking to maintain their independence having access to a medical alarm system is very important.
[When I say free, I mean that you do not need to purchase the medic alert system. You will have to pay a monthly fee for the central station monitoring. But further down the article I give you a few ideas to pay for this as well]
Next, I will go through other options for you as well. These will include… Medic alert bracelets and medic alert watches, which will relay to emergency services any medical conditions you are suffering from even if you are incapacitated.
Most of all, I tell you what to look for in a medic alert system and what not to look for (see below) And finally, if you ever have a question regarding medical alarms or anything else on this site please let me know and I will be happy to assist you.
Free Medic Alert System For Seniors Reviews
As my parents aged, looking for medic alert systems reviews online and understanding how to compare medic alert systems became more of a growing concern. The reason was simple…I wanted to make sure that if either of them chose to purchase a device they were making the right investment with the right company.
But I have to say in all honesty that I was terribly disappointed with the so-called ‘medic alert system reviews’ that I found online. As I stated above, most were just someone pitching an affiliate program to make a few bucks as opposed to really giving the RIGHT type of information that senior citizens need to make an informed choice.
The Most Important Factor
So rather than try and push one system on you and make a quick buck like so many others, let me instead tell you what you should be looking for, and what you need to watch out for, when you are looking into medic alert system reviews.
The single most important thing to check is… The quality of the central station monitoring!
THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF MEDICAL ALARM.
Why? Because many of these companies outsource the monitoring service.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD YOU EVER PURCHASE A MEDIC ALERT SYSTEM IF THEY OUTSOURCE THEIR MONITORING.
The reason you are buying the service is so if you need help in an emergency the company can properly respond. If they outsource the monitoring then they have no control over the training of the operators or the standards and procedures that the outsourcing company will use.
This is horrendous and the sad part was that I looked at DOZENS of medic alert system reviews online that never brought this fact up. Thankfully, from my own research I realized the importance of this and want to stress this to you as well.
When you are contacting companies about their service or reading medic alert system reviews, this is the most important thing to ask…
Do they train and operate their own central-station monitoring service or do they outsource the service. If it is outsourced, move on!
…All of the other factors you could consider, installation, price, accessories, shipping costs, discounts, etc…pale in comparison to this point. Make sure the company operates and trains its own central-station monitors!
Other Factors To Consider
Now, there are other things you should check as well, AFTER ensuring that the company operates its own monitoring service.
So when looking at the medic alert system reviews, check also…
- Do you have to sign a contract or is the service available on a month-to-month basis? This can be important if you do not like the service you are receiving. So make sure to check the medic alert system reviews for this.
- How much is the device itself? It SHOULD be free.
- Is there a shipping fee? Normally there is not.
- What accessories can I obtain? Two to be on the lookout for are an extra pendant for a spouse and a lock box key you can attach to the door handle of your front door. This would hold the key to your front door so that emergency services such as the police or paramedics can access your house. Central station monitoring would have the code to give to emergency services so they can access the key.
- Is the pendant you wear on you waterproof? You want to wear it in the shower so this is a very important feature in the event you slip and fall in the shower or bathtub.
Medic Alert System Without Monthly Fees
Yes, you get a free medical alert system but what about the central station monitoring. That is the single most important part of the system, and that is typically what you are paying the $30 a month fee for.
Well, for low-income seniors $30 a month could be the difference between eating or not. So to that end I have done the research and looked into ways to make this a truly free medic alert system.
First and foremost, you will not get initial coverage through your insurance company and also Medicare does not cover these systems. So what about Medicaid?
Medicaid is a joint Federal/State program, so that means that every state is different in terms of what they cover and actually the name of the program covering the item could be different as well. But here are the things you need to know…
These medic alert systems are considered Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and most states do cover a $25-$75 a month fee through Medicaid for a PERS. You get this coverage if you are on Medicaid through the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). So how do you apply?
What you need to do is call your State Office of the Aging, explain the situation and ask about an HCBS waiver or the program that allows you to direct where your Medicaid money is going. This program does go by different names in different states but typically is called the Consumer Directed Services program.
So as a senior if you are on Medicaid there are ways that you can truly get a free medic alert system. Make sure to protect yourself today.