A Medical Alert Pendant
Who Needs a Personal Medical Alert Device?
A medical alert pendant can be used by people of all ages and medical circumstances. Personal medical alert devices serve many functions beyond just assisting seniors who have certain conditions.
When considering the safety and security of your family, there are many instances that a medical alert device can be beneficial.
There are basically two types of devices. One is wirelessly connected to a base station and can summon help when necessary.
The other type is a pendant that contains a person's medical history, condition and medications. Try reviewing
types of medical alert systems
first to determine which basic type you need.
These pendants can be worn around the neck as a necklace, attached to a bracelet, or even attached to a key chain or purse.
In reviewing this section on who needs a personal medical alert device, keep in mind that you can chose anything from a simple pendant engraved with a medical condition to a montitored system.
Here are some of the conditions that could benefit from having a system in place.
Any persons who are over the age of seventy and are still living independently, especially those with a history of falls, should have some sort of personal medical alert device.
But there are other circumstances that may warrant the consideration of a medical alert pendant, either on a permanent basis or for long term protection.
This list is not totally inclusive, but does cover some of the most common conditions that could benefit from having a system in place.
- Pregnancy: If you or a loved one is pregnant, you may want to consider a short term medical alert device. This is especially important if the pregnancy is high risk or the person has underlying medical conditions which may cause complications during the pregnancy, such as diabetes or a heart condition.
- Recent Surgery: The elderly especially have a difficult time clearing the anesthesia from their system. Surgery not only physically weakens a person of any age, but it can also cause mental confusion. A medical alert pendant may be beneficial following surgery on a person of any age.
- Mental Illness: Any person with mental illness may benefit from having a system in place, especially those that suffer from chronic anxiety attacks or those that may have episodes where they can harm themselves. An alert system would give them the ability to call for help.
- Impaired Mobility: Injury from a recent fall or fracture or paralysis can cause a person to be more prone to falls, both at home and in the public. A monitored system can allow a person to call for help if they should fall, and a pendant can let emergency personnel know the medical history of an injured person.
- Chronic Conditions: Anyone suffering from cardiac, respiratory or other illnesses, such as diabetes, should always wear a pendant to alert emergency services as to their underlying condition.
- Children: There are times that a child can benefit from a medical alert device, especially if they are left alone and have chronic medical conditions.
As you can see, a medical alert pendant can serve many purposes for people of all ages. Although they are most often utilized for the elderly, they can be of substantial benefit to other age groups as well.
Choosing the right system for your specific needs can be difficult. If you are struggling with this, try reviewing the article on
choosing the best medical alert monitor
, which reviews the basics of the different types of systems.
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