Home Emergency Alert System


There are many seniors who prefer to stay active, live in their own home and enjoy their life there rather than in a retirement type home.

The question of their security arises - if they prefer to live alone -since that makes a person vulnerable to various types of emergencies.

These emergencies can take place in several forms.

  1. An accident.
  2. A medical problem such as a heart attack or a stroke.
  3. Or some form of intrusion into the home.

Very prompt medical attention is a virtual necessity for the first two types of emergencies.A serious bodily injury could result due to falling. Medical problems such as a heart attack can produce death where a stroke can lead to a form of incapacitation and the end of the ability to live an independent life. Intrusion into the home most likely will require rapid police response.

 

The marketplace today offers a variety of security products for the home that provide rapid response to an emergency. These products go by various names depending on vendor's choice of nomenclature. For this article, the home security device will be designated as Home Emergency Alert System (HEAS). The individual can take advantage of their security needs realizing that there is a cost-for-service involved. The decision here on the part of the individual is to balance Security Need with Affordability.

 

The concept of an HEAS is a wireless emergency alert and alarm system that interfaces with the touch-tone telephone service.
It's designed for:

  1. Use within the home.
  2. Quick installation.
  3. Reliable operation with long equipment life.

The individual wears a pendant which is a button. It can be worn hanging around the neck or on the wrist. The pendant contains a wireless transmitter which is water resistant and can be worn in a shower or tub. If an emergency arises and the button is pushed, it will activate a dialing console that has been plugged into a telephone jack which then calls a 24/7 professional monitoring center. The dialing console contains a sensitive speakerphone. This is a very important feature which allows critical communication between the individual who requires immediate assistance and the personnel at the monitoring center. It provides assurance to the individual that help is on its way in the form of Emergency Personnel (EP). The EP response time is often critical to one's survival. It's important that the EP team have answers to some fundamental questions. These are:

  1. Who are you?
  2. Where are you in the house?
  3. What the problem is?
  4. How to gain entry into your residence?

Entry into a residence can be a major problem if an individual inside is incapable of freely moving. The worst case would have the EP break through a door or window in order to enter the residence. There are a couple of ways to avoid this type of situation.

  1. Designate a responder - a friend or family member who lives VERY close by who has access to the residence. The monitoring center can make this person aware of the situation so that EP can gain entrance.
  2. A better alternative would be providing a Secured Box (SB) at the doorway entrance that contains the house key to that door. This SB would be similar to a realtor's Lock Box used in their selling process. The EP would be provided with the means to open this box in order to get the house key.

 

Which HEAS Is Right For You?

 

There are many HEAS types on the market competeting for the Senior market. A number of websites are listed below that the reader can view and contact. A telephone number for each website is also provided. This is a limited list derived from a web search program. There are probably are several other websites that provide similar information.
Disclaimer:
It should be noted that H-AREA makes this information known as a service to its Home Page Viewers.
H-AREA does not recommend or endorse any of these products or websites.
H-AREA has no financial interest and has no business relationship with any of these firms listed in the various websites.

 

  1. American Medical Alarms,Inc.
    1. Website:  AMA

    2. Tel #: 1-800-542-0438

  2. Lifeline Systems
    1. Website:  LflnSys

    2. Tel #: 1-800-380-3111

  3. Life Alert
    1. Website:  LfAlrt

    2. Tel #: 1-800-815-5922

  4. LifeFone
    1. Website:  LfFne

    2. Tel #: 1-800-330-5909

  5. ADT Home Health Security Services
    1. Website:  AHHSS

    2. Tel #: 1-877-678-6952

  6. Emergency Medical Alert Systems
    1. Website:  EMAS

    2. Tel #: 1-800-378-2957

  7. Telemergency Ltd
    1. Website:  Temrgy

    2. Tel #: 1-631-467-6700


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