Medical alert systems (including necklaces, bracelets and watches) remain popular among older adults who live alone, as they provide a safety net in the event of an emergency. Medical alert bracelets are a particularly user-friendly type of alert device and can be useful to anyone who wants enhanced access to emergency services. One of the most portable types of medical alert products, medical alert bracelets also provide flexibility of movement while keeping the wearer discreetly connected.
According to a recent Forbes Health survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by OnePoll, of those who report using a medical alert system, 86% say the device has saved them (or the person they care for) from an incident at least once. Looking closer, 50% say their medical alert system saved them from a potential catastrophe, and 36% say it saved them from an incident that could have escalated.
How Does a Medical Alert Bracelet Work?
Much like medical alert systems installed in the home, medical alert bracelets allow a person to have almost instant access to emergency services in the event of an emergency—all with the touch of a button on their wrist.
If a person experiences an emergency while wearing a medical alert bracelet, they can simply touch the button on their bracelet to alert personnel at the company’s emergency monitoring center. These representatives then alert first responders, depending on the nature of the emergency. In some cases, they may also alert a person’s emergency contacts if that feature is included in the provided coverage.
While most medical alert bracelets monitor a person in the home, others use GPS technology and a connection to a cellular network to monitor a person while they’re on the go and share a person’s location during an emergency. However, GPS and cellular location services are not a standard feature across all medical alert devices, and their availability depends on the company, product and monitoring package you choose.