How to help keep seniors in your life safe

If you or a loved one is getting on in years, or if you suffer from a chronic medical condition or are otherwise physically challenged, then a medical alert system can be, quite literally, a life saver. 

You’ve probably seen the ads on TV with a senior citizen who’s fallen and can’t get up. It’s become something of a joke, but the fact is that once you’ve reached a certain age, taking a fall in the home can have very serious repercussions.  When someone who is physically fragile trips or falls down they may not be able to get back on their feet or reach the telephone unassisted. That’s a real problem for those who live alone. And, even if falls are not an issue, a medical alert system provides cover for a number of other eventualities ranging from sudden and unexpected illness to any one of a variety of minor or major accidents that can happen in or around the home.

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The good news is that a medical alert system costs less than you might think. They are also very simple to install and very easy to use. The system allows you to call for assistance from anywhere in your home simply by pressing a button. That button is always with you and is usually carried either around your neck as a pendant or built into a wrist band.  Pushing the button instantly sends an alert to a contact number that you’ve previously programmed in to the device. If you’ve chosen Intercon Messaging, the alert will go straight to our call centre where it will be handled in person by one of our professional agents who have all been trained extensively in emergency response and dispatch. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You will always get a fast response. You will not be put on hold. You will always speak to a trained agent. You will never be expected to talk to a machine. 

Our team member will talk to you through a special hands-free two-way communication system installed in your home. It’s very easy to set up, much less complicated than it sounds and, depending on which product you’ve chosen, works either through your home telephone line or your cellular network. 

When we receive your alert, our agent will be both quick and compassionate. Most importantly they’ll make sure you get the assistance you’re looking for without delay. They can do that by reaching out to a friend, neighbour or family member whose contact information we’ll have on file. If the situation is more serious and you need urgent help we can contact your local emergency services directly. 

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Canada’s population is steadily aging. At the same time an increasing number of seniors are seeking the independence that comes from continuing to live in their own home.  With those things in mind, it’s easy to see why medical alert devices are becoming more and more popular. With around the clock assistance available at the press of a button you’re better able to continue to live independently and on your own terms. You’ll no longer have to rely on friends and family checking in to make sure that you’re O.K. and that all is well.  At the same time you’ll enjoy the comfort of having an extra level of security and support if you fall or are involved in an accident of any kind. And for the people who care most about you there’s the reassurance of knowing that you’ll not be left unaided in the event that something does go wrong. 

The equipment involved is small and light weight. But it’s also hardy and durable and is based on state of the art communications technology. There are various systems and packages available, so it’s best to do a little homework before buying.  But with the variety of choices available, there’s sure to be something out there that meets your specific needs. There are models that are able to detect a suspected fall and take action even if you’re unconscious or unable to move. If you’re active outside the home there are models that work away from your residence and can track your location wherever you travel through your cellular data or through GPS and satellite technology. All of these systems are all designed to help keep you safe while you continue to live and enjoy your life the way you want to. 

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 No matter what the make or the model, one other thing all of these devices have in common is the peace of mind they bring to you and to your friends and family. That peace of mind comes from knowing that if something goes wrong help will be on its way quickly and efficiently and that you have fast and easy access to emergency medical assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Even if you never need to use it, that kind of reassurance is priceless. 

For more information about how Intercon Messaging can help to keep our seniors safe, or on any of the other services we offer, give us a call at 866 605 2558 or request a quote.